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Near Snir in Upper Galilee Regional Council, Northern District, Israel
 

The Temple of Pan and The Dancing Goats

 
 
The Temple of Pan and The Dancing Goats Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, April 6, 2019
1. The Temple of Pan and The Dancing Goats Marker
Inscription.  English Text:

This structure was built around 220 CE. Only parts of this temple survived. Among them are the north wall, part of a semicircular hall (apse), and a semicircular niche behind it. This same structure is depicted on the Panias city coin at the top of this text. There, Pan appears in the niche playing the flute to three dancing goats in the apse. The musicians sat in the stairway adjacent to the niche, while the sacred goats danced. This rite assured the fertility of the herds.
 
Location. 33° 14.912′ N, 35° 41.699′ E. Marker is near Snir, Northern District, in Upper Galilee Regional Council. Marker can be reached from National Route 99 just east of Local Route 999, on the left when traveling north. I used google maps to try to obtain directional information, but many of the streets in this area of Israel appear to be un-named. Even using the google map directions feature has the last turn being made on a street referred to as "unknown road." From Tiberias take Route 90 north about 54 km, then turn right onto Route 99 and proceed for
The Temple of Pan and The Dancing Goats Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, April 6, 2019
2. The Temple of Pan and The Dancing Goats Marker
View of the marker, looking across the ruins of the temple platforms, in the direction of the Grotto of Pan.
12.9 km, and then finally turn left onto "unknown road" for about 110 m and the Caesarea Philippi National Park will be on your right. Touch for map. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Tomb Temple of the Sacred Goats (here, next to this marker); The Court of Nemesis (within shouting distance of this marker); The Temple of Zeus (within shouting distance of this marker); The Sanctuary of Pan (within shouting distance of this marker); The Court of Pan & the Nymphs (within shouting distance of this marker); The Grotto of the God Pan (within shouting distance of this marker); The Temple of Augustus (within shouting distance of this marker); The Canaanite Gate (approx. 3.7 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Snir.
 
More about this marker. This marker is located on the far side of the Hermon River Springs, near the base of a rather remarkable looking rock cliff, amidst the temple locations on the right side of the Grotto of Pan.
 
Also see . . .
1. Caesarea Philippi. This is a link to information provided by Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. (Submitted on October 22, 2019, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

2. Caesarea Philippi. This is a link to information provided by the Seetheholyland.net website. (Submitted on October 22, 2019, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

3. Caesarea Philippi. This is a link to information provided by the BiblePlaces.com website. (Submitted on October 22, 2019, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

4. Banias Temples. This is a link to information provided by the BibleWalks.com
The Temple of Pan and The Dancing Goats Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, April 6, 2019
3. The Temple of Pan and The Dancing Goats Marker
Another view of the marker, looking in the direction of the Grotto of Pan.
website. (Submitted on October 22, 2019, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

5. Caesarea Philippi, the Gates of Hades. This is a link to information provided by the Generation Word's web site. (Submitted on October 22, 2019, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

6. Banyas: Cult Center of the God Pan. This is a link to information provided by the Jewish Virtual Library. (Submitted on October 22, 2019, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 
 
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The Grotto of the God Pan image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, March 7, 2013
4. The Grotto of the God Pan
View of visitors walking along the pathway from the parking area that leads to the Grotto (Cave) of Pan, and the site of the Court of Pan and the Nymphs.
The Temple of Pan and The Dancing Goats image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, March 7, 2013
5. The Temple of Pan and The Dancing Goats
A nearby marker has an artist's rendering of what the temples at the Grotto of Pan most probably looked like. The Court of Pan and the Nymphs was directly between the two temple structures and in front of the artificial cave opening.
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on October 22, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 22, 2019, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 55 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 22, 2019, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.
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