Safed

city in Israel

Safed (Hebrew: צְפַת, Tzfat; Arabic: صفد‎, Ṣafad) is a major city in northern Israel. It is in the Safed region of the Upper Galilee Mountains. Safed is an international center for Kabbalah study. It is one of Judaism's four holiest cities, along with Jerusalem, Hebron and Tiberias.

Safed

צְפַת (Hebrew)
صفد (Arabic)
City
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Country Israel
DistrictTz'fat (Mehoz Tz'fat)
Government
 • MayorIlan Shohat
Area
 • Total63.7 km2 (24.6 sq mi)
Elevation
900 m (3,000 ft)
Population
 (2008)
 • Total30,100
Time zoneUTC+2 (Israel Standard Time (IST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (Israel Summer Time (IDT))
Area code(s)+972 (Israel)
Websitehttp://www.zefat.muni.il/ (in Hebrew)

Located at an elevation of 900 meters (2,953 feet), Safed is the highest city in the Galilee and in Israel. Due to its high elevation, Safed has warm summers and cold, often snowy, winters.

Due to its pleasant climate and scenic views surrounded by pine forests, Safed has become a popular holiday resort visited by Israeli and foreign tourists.

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