"Sapir" Historical Site

Following the National Carrier

North-west of the Sea of Galilee (Road 90), close to the Deshe Youth Hostel. 

Visiting the area is a wonderful experience because of the fascinating stories that you'll hear about the establishment of the National Carrier and the water supply system along the length and breadth of Israel. These stories are accompanied by a cross-section model of the National Carrier as well as films. Later on, you will be able to see another film, the likes of which you have probably never seen: a pumping station carved into a mountain, where three colossal pumps have been operating since 1964. The station includes a fourth pumping unit – which you will also see – that came into operation in 1992 and serves as a backup to ensure a reliable water supply. Due to a change in the perception of security, this pump unit is housed in a concrete structure outside the station. The pumps at the Sapir Site pump the water from the Sea of Galilee, raising it to a height of 250 meters, which is tantamount to lifting the water in an elevator to a height of more than 80 floors!
After visiting the site, you can travel a short distance to the Chara lookout, overlooking the beautiful scenery of Nahal Amud. Here you can see the Gihon (U-shaped pipes) laid by Mekorot in the river, in an operation taken straight out of a suspense movie, and you will understand how the water traverses the river at a depth of about 150 meters and rises to the other side according to the law of physics of connected vessels.

And a few other things that are worth knowing...
The Sapir Site is the place from where the greatest journey of water in Israel begins – the journey from the Sea of Galilee to the center and the south of the country. The site presents a historical and contemporary perspective of the water system that pumps water from the Sea of Galilee, of the national water supply system and of the influence and contribution of largest water project in Israel – the National Carrier – to the existence of life and a green Israel.



To arrange a visit: Tel 04-6714770; Fax 04-6726399


  • Visits are arranged, by appointment, for groups, from Sunday to Thursday, between the hours: 8:30 to 16:00.
  • On holidays, and during the summer vacation, there are tours for groups, families and individuals, as advertised in the media.
  • The visits are subject to a minimum of participants. The tour lasts about an hour and a half.