Shlomo Ammami, Asaf Peretz, Abraham Hai/Courtesy Staff Officer of Archaeology

The fourth-century Church Father Jerome first identified the site of the inn of the Good Samaritan, which is described in Luke’s gospel simply as being on the way from Jerusalem to Jericho. The site has been recently excavated and converted into a unique museum with a glass and metal gallery at one end featuring mosaics from Jewish, Samaritan and Christian traditions. A graceful eucalyptus tree (a species native to Australia) by the entrance somehow survived the hot, dry climate here and is now thriving.