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That very day two of them were going to a village named Emma'us, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them.  - Luke 24:13-15

Halfway between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv lies Latrun and the remains of the Emmaus (Nicopolis) Church, first built in the 5th century, over the site believed to be the place where Jesus appeared to two of his disciples after his resurrection (Mark 16:12-13; Luke 24:13-31). It was rebuilt on a smaller scale by the Crusaders in the 12th century. Christians have lived here from a very early date. The bible scholar Jerome in 386 wrote that the town of Emmaus was "where the Lord made himself known to Cleophas in the breaking of the bread, thus consecrating his house as a church".  Jerome also noted that the Romans changed the name of the town from Emmaus to Nicopolis.  For many centuries the Arab village of Imwas preserved the biblical name Emmaus, until 1967when the inhabitants were deported and their homes leveled.

Three Christian communities are located nearby. The Trappist monastery of Latrun, the French Community of the Beatitudes, and the Jesus Brotherhood from Germany.

floor mosaic from the 5th century basilica

remains from the 12th century  Crusader church at Emmaus

remains of  5th century baptistry

remains of floor mosaic of 5th century church

See also | Latrun | Jesus Brotherhood | Abu Ghosh


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