Situated 63km north of Jerusalem between
the mountains of Gerzim and Ebal, Nablus was founded in 72
AD by the Roman Emperor Titus in honor of his father Flavius
Vespasian. It was called Flavia Neapolis, the 'New City',
until 636 AD when the Arabs took the town, changing its name
Today, Nablus is considered the major commercial,
industrial and agricultural center in the northern West Bank.
Olive oil soap, produced from olive oil and caustic soda,
is a Nablus specialty, which has been produced for more than
250 years. Nablus is also renowned for its talented goldsmiths
and its Kenafa, a tasty oriental pastry.