israeltravelslogcheckprivatetours

At Angels’ Forest, It’s The Hour Of The Cyclamen

Cyclamen-878x543

Blossoming flowers are only part of the attraction at a historical site near Kiryat Gat with finds that date back to the Talmudic period.

According to one of numerous legends, King Solomon wore a beautiful crown decorated with delicate cyclamen blossoms. Hundreds of years later, when the First Temple was destroyed, and the Jews were exiled to Babylon, they took with them the royal crown. The cyclamens that bedecked the crown were devastated by the tragedy, and bent their heads in sorrow. And that is why, even today, cyclamen flowers bow their heads.

Of course, you may prefer the botanical explanation: The cyclamen’s humble blossom protects its pollen from getting drenched in the rain.

Cyclamen are blessed with other natural defenses as well: The undersides of their heart-shaped leaves are often purple, a color that heats the leaves and helps keep cyclamen warm during freezing winter days.

Vast carpets of stunning cyclamen are flowering at this very moment throughout Angels’ Forest, a site near Kiryat Gat that was developed for the public by the Jewish National Fund. But although blossoming flowers may be reason enough for a special trip to Angels’ Forest, they are only part of its attraction.

angel-view

Read the full article over at The Times of Israel

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

facebook
Subscribe to Israel Travels

Follow Latest News and Posts

Testimonials
Our two-week trip to Israel was one of the best experiences of our lives. Shmuel knows the country like the back of his hand and takes you not only to everything you want to see but to fascinating places you haven't even heard os! We saw a more complete Israel than any of our friends on regular organized tourist trips. Shmuel taught us a great deal about the geography and history of the places we visited. He also has a great sense of humor, is a lot of fun to be with and picks great places to eat. We could not recommend more highly and more enthusiastically seeing Israel with Shmuel as your guide.

Patrick Henry and Mary Anne O'Neil