During my weeks in Tiberias, after our digging day was over I would often escape from the crowded hostel room and walk up to a hotel with real class--"The Scottie." Just to walk around their gardens and to enjoy the peaceful atmosphere.
Their brochure is titled "The Scots Hotel, St. Andrew's, Galilee, Owned and Managed by the Church of Scotland, Maintaining Christian Witness in the Land of Christ Since 1885."
The brochure continues:
"The city of Tiberias, named after Caesar Tiberius, was founded by Herod Antipas and is nearly 2,000 years old. During its history it has been ruled by Jews, Muslims, Druze, Crusaders, Turks, and the British, as well by the Romans. It was to here that, in 1885, David Watt Torrance, a 23 year old surgeon from Airdrie, Scotland, arrived to set up the Scottish 'Mission of the Jews' in the Holy Land."
Now it is a botique hotel complex, with its 19th century black basalt walls having been "sensitively refurbished." And a new modern wing was added.
The lovely gazebo . . .