Nabi Musa

Musa means Moses in Arabic. Because Nabi Musa is believed as the grave of Moses, a mosque was built in the Middle Ages.

Jericho Nabi Musa mosque

The mosque at Nabi MusaChalky Lives

Moses is a prophet who parted and crossed the Red Sea to took Israelites from Egypt to Sinai peninsula.

Because it is written as below in the old testament, the Jews don’t admit this place is the grave of Moses.

He buried him in Moab, in the valley opposite Beth Peor, but to this day no one knows where his grave is.

Deuteronomy 34:6 Bible Gateway

In Nabi Musa, an annual festival has been taken place during the same period with Christian Easter since Saladin era.

Jericho Nabi Musa festival in 1920

Periglims leaving Jerusalem to Nabi Musa in 1920

People parade from Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem to Nabi Musa, then they walk back to Jerusalem after 5 days event in Nabi Musa.

History of Navi Musa

1269 CE – Mamluk era

A small mosque was constructed after the Crusades left Palestine.

around 1470

The compound developed a lot; a hospice for the pilgrims and a minaret were added.

around 1820

Under the Ottoman Empire, a restoration proceeded and the festival became bigger.

Jericho Navi Musa, grave of Moses

The place where it’s believed as the grave of Moses. Md iet

around 1920

After the WWI, Palestine was put under the UK control.

1937

The festival of Nabi Musa was prohibited.

after 1948

After the WWII, Jericho was controlled by Jordan first then Israel. The mosque was used as a military base.

1987

The annual pilgrimage to Nabi Musa was finally reauthorized.

However, the first intifada broke out in December. Israel prohibited the festival again.

1993

Oslo Accords

1997

The festival reopened again.

2000

In September, the second intifada broke out. The festival was prohibited again by Israel.

2007

The festival reopened again.

Information

  • 8km southeast from Jericho center
  • 8:00 until sunset
  • about 50NIS for a roundtrip from Jericho center; ask the driver to wait for you as there is no public transport.
  • Admission free