Artas is a small, rural village where culture and tradition are of the utmost importance. Just 4km southwest of Bethlehem, it is popular with visitors craving a taste of traditional Palestine. It is the home of the famous Solomon’s Pools, three reservoirs which were once part of an ancient water system, supplying Jerusalem with water from the surrounding springs and rainfall.
The leafy road into Artas, running alongside the reservoirs, is one of the greenest and most scenic in the Bethlehem area. The Christian convent of Hortus Conclusus is located just across the valley from the village of Artas. The Artas Folklore Center (AFC) was established in 1993 to document, preserve and exhibit the village’s rich heritage.
Population: 3,663 (2007)