Located 1.6km (1 mile) south of Tiberias, the thermal baths have been famous for their curative powers for more than 3,000 years and have continued to have a following to this day. Pharmacies in Israel keep well-stocked supplies of mineral salts from these Tiberias springs.
The hot waters contain high amounts of sulfuric, hydrochloric acid, and calcium salts, and over the centuries they've reportedly cured skin problems and such ailments as rheumatism, arthritis, and gynecological disorders. They are probably among the earliest-known thermal baths in the world, noted by Josephus, Pliny, church historians, and many Arabic writers. Some biblical commentators have surmised that Jesus cured the sick here. There's a local legend that Solomon entered into a conspiracy with demons to heal his kingdom's ailing people at this site, tricking them into perpetually stoking the fires in the earth below to heat up the water.
Several treatments are available, including the mineral bubble bath, physiotherapy, therapeutic massage, inhalation, mud baths, and so on. Note: Bring a bathing suit and towel. There's an inexpensive restaurant on the premises.
To gain a better understanding of the waters, check out the museum next to the springs. While visiting the springs, you can also spend some time exploring the ancient ruins of Hammat. See also another hot spring at "Hammat Gader" in the next section.
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