The Sycamore Tree

The sycamore tree that Zacchaeus climbed so as to see Christ on his walk to Jerusalem has been housed since 2010 on the grounds of the Russian Museum in Jericho. A salvage excavation was carried out on the lands of the building from June to September 2010 by a Palestinian-Russian expedition, the fruits of which are on display in the museum itself.

Just north of the Russian compound, remains of a mosaic floor appeared during bulldozing work. Excavation teams revealed a series of buildings and mosaic pavements that date to the early Roman, Byzantine-Umayyad, Medieval and Ottoman periods.

These remains and the ruins of Byzantine churches in the area are a testament to the major role Jericho played in the early stages of Christianity.