Al Sibat is the oldest commercial center of Jenin, that dates to the Ottoman Era. A visit to this old part of town is a must. Visitors can stroll across the lively market and enjoy its unique atmosphere, unspoiled by mass tourism. There are also a few unique souvenir and antique shops, as well as shops for all kinds of local products, including spices and medicinal plants.
Overlooking Arraba and the Marj Bin Amer (Jezreel) plains, the village served as a foothold of the Abdel Hadi family and thus the location of the palaces of brothers Abdel Qader and Hussein Abdel Hadi. The feudal governors of the family dominated the area, as they strategically aligned with the Egyptians and Europeans, and controlled vast expansions of the territory.
The elegant, candlelit Burqin Church marks the spot where Jesus healed ten lepers of their disease (Luke 17:11-19). The first Church was built on the site in the Byzantine era. An ancient stone priests chair from that time can still be seen next to a very impressive stone iconostasis. At the far end of the structure is the cave where the lepers stayed.
Fatima Khatoun is said to have taken a liking to Jenin when she passed through on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem in 1566, and later established, or more probably renovated, this Mosque on the site of an earlier one dating back to the 7th century. Some historians also report that the present Mosque incorporates some Mamluk-era remains.
Located at the southwestern entrance to Jenin, is the site of Khirbet Balameh, which dates back to the Bronze Age and is identified as biblical Ibleam. It was also mentioned in ancient Egyptian documents, and excavations revealed habitation up to the medieval period.
The village of Sanur, located 26 kilometers southwest of Jenin, is known as one of the 24 ‘Throne Villages,’ that during the late Ottoman era played a role as centers of control where a political and economic elite installed themselves as semi-autonomous rulers.
According to archaeological evidence and ancient records, Tel Ta’anek, strategically located along the ancient trade route of Via Maris (“Way of the Sea”), was a significant spot in the area during many historical eras. Nowadays, what was once a great city, is now a quiet, peaceful, grassy archaeological site.
Umm Al Rihan forest is located at the extreme northwest of Jenin. It consists of a series of dense forests which are estimated cover about 60,000 dunums. The forest areas around Jenin are considered the largest woodlands in the West Bank, equaling approximately 86% of the total forest areas. The area of Umm Al Rihan is state owned and part of the area was proposed as a nature reserve.
Ruins found under the village show settlement dating to the Byzantine times. At the convent of the Rosary Sisters, a 6th century mosaic, as well as remnants of columns indicates that there was once a significant Byzantine church on the site. In the center of the village the remains of a Byzantine-Roman building, known as the Baubariya, can be found.
Using the arts as a model for social change, The Freedom Theater is developing the only professional venue for theater and arts in the northern West Bank.