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Atlit-Yam, Israel

From series “Famous Sunken Towns”
In search of amazing underwater sights many travelers go to Israel, as there is one of the oldest flooded cities in the world. According to modern scholars, age of Atlit-Yam ruins is at least 9,000 years. Ruins are located in the coastal area of Haifa. Thousands of years ago, they have been a fairly large and prosperous village.

Unique granular bottom of the coastal area of Haifa allowed buildings to survive perfectly. The degree of safety of the flooded city was so high that the researchers were able to detect the fully surviving ancient cemetery; insects that have plagued the villagers thousands of years ago were discovered in residential buildings.

The main mystery of Atlit-Yam ruins is the cause of flooding. Many researchers are inclined to believe that the village has gradually went under water due to melting glaciers and expanding boundaries of the oceans, while others attribute it to a sudden tsunami. Given that the underwater artifact was discovered quite recently, in 1984, and studies are at an early stage, many important discoveries are waiting for scientists. Next - Alexandria


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Car rental office: 'suncar | סאן קאר השכרת רכב - סניף חיפה' is located in 1.87 km ( on the map).
Fuel station: 'Aldor' in 0.73 km
Parking: 'City Center' in 2.26 km
Apotheek: 'Aliya' in 0.84 km
Police station: 'Community Policing Center' in 0.99 km
Cafe/restaurant: 'golden coral restaurant' in 0.61 km
Railway station: 'Haifa Bat Gallim' in 1.08 km

Nearest airports:
 »  Haifa Airport HFA - in 7 km
 »  Sde Dov Airport SDV - in 81 km
 »  Ben Gurion Airport TLV - in 91 km
 »  Rafic Hariri Airport BEY - in 120 km
 »  Marka International Airport ADJ - in 135 km
 Cities nearby

Best hotels near Atlit-Yam

Tamer Guest house

Located in 0 km from Atlit-Yam
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Rooms: 3
All units feature a flat-screen satellite TV, microwave, dining area and a fridge. Featuring a shower, private bathrooms also come with towels and … More: photo, rates and booking
Yafo 82 Guesthouse

Located in 2 km from Atlit-Yam
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Rooms: 7
Yafo 82 is 10 minutes' walk from the Bahá'í Gardens and just 5 minutes from Haifa Center HaShmona Train Station. The private rooms are air … More: photo, rates and booking
Suite on the Beach

Located in 3 km from Atlit-Yam
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Rooms: 3
You are near Carmel Beach Train and Bus Stations and next to a clean beach. The building has a lobby and bar at the entrance and has a 24-hour porter … More: photo, rates and booking
Studios on the Sea

Located in 4 km from Atlit-Yam
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Rooms: 2
All the studios are located on the 15th or 17th floor. Each features cable TV and a kitchenette complete with kettle and fridge. Various shops, bars … More: photo, rates and booking

Nearest unique sightseeing spots to visit

Caesarea Theater
37 km - Caesarea Theater
In Israel, an operating amphitheater is situated in the city of Caesarea. The history of the ancient city is not simple. For hundreds of years it has repeatedly been destroyed by conquerors. The sea hasn’t spared the city either. Part of its territory was completely …
Tirat Zvi
69 km - Tirat Zvi
Religious Kibbutz Tirat Zvi is situated in Israel, on the vast territory of the Beit She'an Valley. Temperature record was placed there in 1942; in the midst of hot summer air warmed up to 53.9°C. Despite these natural anomalies, people have been living in the …
Well of Jacob
70 km - Well of Jacob
In Nablus, tourists will have an opportunity to visit the amazing sight, the old well, which have been associated by Jews with the name Jacob for more than 2 000 years. This well was found not far from the archaeological area of ​​Tel-Balat. It is quite deep; the …
Mini Israel
104 km - Mini Israel
The Israeli city of Latrun represents a theme park 'Israel in Miniature', which introduces visitors architectural and historical landmarks of the country. Models of the most outstanding and beautiful buildings of Israel are presented in the park. Among them are …
Monastery of George Khozevita
117 km - Monastery of George Khozevita
In Israel there is a building, on the road to which one is extremely complicated. It is about Gheorghe Hozevitul Monastery. This Orthodox monastery is considered one of the oldest in the world and is located on the territory of the Celt Valley, in the Jewish desert. …
Jerusalem
118 km - Jerusalem
Jerusalem is one of the most beautiful and exciting cities in the Middle East and one of the oldest cities in the world, whose history dates back to 2800 BC. Many travelers know it as the location of priceless religious shrines. It’s visited by followers of the …

Top destination around Atlit-Yam - Haifa

Another interesting religious monument is the Cathedral of St. Elias located at the foot of Mount Carmel. The church was built in 1939 and is distinguished by its strict and ascetic exterior. There are many interesting historical and religious artifacts inside. Here, the old font and the altar constructed in the year the cathedral was built have been preserved.
One of the oldest constructions in Haifa is the ancient Castle Pilgrim that was built on the rocky coast in 1218. For hundreds of years, the castle has seen a lot of outstanding historical events but managed to survive. This historical construction is still used by the navy of Israel, so tourists have no right to enter its territory. But it is offered to admire this historical building from afar within the framework of excursions.

One of the most unusual cultural venues here is the Tikotin Museum of Japanese Art opened in 1959. The founder of the museum is Felix Tikotin, a famous collector from the Netherlands. Exactly his private collection is the core of the museum exhibition. The museum is located in a beautiful historical building. Today, it presents almost 7 000 unique art exhibits. Besides pieces of art, it contains a big library. This museum is the largest cultural venue in the Middle East.
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