The Harod River and Eastern Roman Bridge

September 06, 2019


Photographer: Menashe Davidson 
Summary Author: Menashe Davidson 

Featured above is the Harod River (Nahal) of northeastern Israel. The Harod eventually spills into the River Jordan. At the point shown here, it passes through a small basalt canyon, where the riverbed drops some 43 ft (13 m). The arched bridge above Nahal lies on the eastern side of the city of Beit Shean. It’s known as the Eastern Roman Bridge but was evidently constructed during the early part of the Ottoman Empire. “Roman” actually refers to a nearby bridge, the Western Roman Bridge, that was partially built during the Roman Empire period. The Harod River serves as the main drainage artery of the Harod Valley. Photos taken on January 19, 2008.