Palestine: Land of Olives and Vines
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Palestine A Land of Olives and Vines

Cultural Landscape of Southern Jerusalem, Battir

Located in the Central Highlands between Nablus and Hebron, just a few kilometers southwest of Jerusalem, lies the remarkable site of Battir. This breathtaking hill landscape is characterized by a series of fertile valleys known as widian, adorned with stunning stone terraces. These terraces serve a variety of purposes, with some being used for market garden production and others adorned with flourishing grapevines and olive trees.

What makes Battir truly remarkable is the ingenious system of terrace farming developed in this challenging mountainous region. The farmers here have harnessed the power of underground sources and constructed a network of irrigation channels to ensure the water reaches every corner of their terraced lands. This traditional system not only supports sustainable agriculture but also fosters a strong sense of community.

In the nearby village of Battir, families have embraced a time-honored system of water distribution, allowing them to share the precious resource collected through this network. It’s a testament to the resilience and cooperation of the local community.

Visit Battir and immerse yourself in this awe-inspiring landscape where centuries-old traditions coexist with breathtaking natural beauty. Experience firsthand the harmonious relationship between humans and nature that has shaped this remarkable place.

Map of Battir

Palestine: Land of Olives and Vines – Cultural Landscape of Southern Jerusalem, Battir