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Jacob's Well - The 35 meter deep well stands in the land that Jacob bought from Hamor for a “hundred pieces of silver” (Genesis 33:19). It is also here that Jesus asked a Samaritan woman to draw water for him to drink (John 4:13-14).
The well has been a site of pilgrimage since that time. The first church built on the site dates back to the end of the 4th century. The well inside the Church, formed the centerpiece of the crypt beneath the high altar. This original church was destroyed during the Samaritan revolt in 529. In the 12th century, the Crusaders constructed a new church on the Byzantine foundations. Today, the existing church, which lies six meters below the present ground level, is owned by the Greek Orthodox Church.