Welcome to the Temptation Tourist
Center of Jericho.
Surrounded by history, the Center sits at the
doorstep of the biblical city of Jericho.
It was here that the seven priests blew their
trumpets and “the
walls came tumbling down.” The Elijah
Spring, where the prophet Elijah miraculously
sweetened the bad water, runs across from the
Temptation Center. Also within close proximity
are the historical sycamore tree Zechariah
climbed to catch a glimpse of Jesus; King Herod's
winter palace; and the Mount of Temptation,
where Jesus fasted for 40 days and 40 nights.
The Temptation Tourist Center of Jericho originated
in 1979 as a small café called the Mount
of Temptation Restaurant. Founded by Abu Raed and
his wife, Maha, the café was a place
where Jericho tourists could receive a warm
welcome and be served quality homemade food.
Soon after its opening, the small café began
growing in size and popularity. To accommodate
its rapid growth, Abu Raed expanded his restaurant,
added shops and renamed it The Temptation Tourist
Center of Jericho in the early 1990s. The little
café that started out catering to 50
guests now serves 1,000 patrons each day.
Today, The Temptation Tourist Center of Jericho
is home to the original Mount of Temptation
Restaurant, unique gift shops featuring items
from the Holy Land and a large selection of
products related to the Dead Sea. Visitors
also will find the warm hospitality indicative
of the people of Jericho.
We hope you enjoy your visit to The
Temptation Tourist Center of Jericho.