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Israel sightseeing. Travel guide - attractions, sights, nature and touristic places

Israel is not only a beautiful country that attracts tourists and pilgrims of different religions, but also home to some greatest sanctuaries in the world. The best way to start your exploration of the country is to visit Jerusalem. This city is home to holy shrines of the three main religions in the world. Christians come to kneel down to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Judaism followers visit Jerusalem to see Wailing Wall and Muslim people come to see The Dome of the Rock. Besides religious sanctuaries, there are several art galleries, museums and exhibitions in the city. Yad Vashem is one of the most famous museums in the city. It was open in 1953 in the memory of Jewish people who were killed during the Second World War. Nowadays, the museum exhibits numerous sculptures and pictures, and often hosts different modern art exhibitions.
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Neot Kdumim is quite an unusual park. The Biblical Landscape Reserve has only plants and trees that are mentioned in the Bible. In the park, you will see Lebanon cedar, myrrh, hyssop and frankincense. Galilea region is also a beautiful place, where visitors will see not only picturesque forests and fields, but also several cosy villages, ruins of synagogues and churches.
Don’t forget to visit the city of Akko and see its main landmark – Hospitaller Monastery. The monastery occupies large territory and has a large system of underground channels. A narrow tunnel that starts in the underground eating room can lead you to the port district. Al-Jazzar Mosque is a famous landmark. There is a priceless artefact in the mosque – a flock of hair of Prophet Muhammad. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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The ancient city of Haifa is home to numerous magnificent temples. The main places of interest of the city include the Baha’i Temple, the tomb of St. Elijah and Carmelite Monastery located in the mountains. Tiberias is an ancient city that was founded more than 2 thousand years ago. It is an important tourist destination. Visitors come there to see ruins of old quarters and the Hammat Tiberias Synagogue. The synagogue is one of ancient buildings that have managed to survive. Built in the 4th century, the synagogue is famous for magnificent mosaic with many holy symbols. The mosaic depicts menorah, ark of God, lulab and other important symbols of Jewish culture.
Safed is a relatively young city in Israel but no less interesting. It is distinguished by unusual architecture – the majority of buildings in the city are painted in blue colour. Locals believe that this helps to protect them from the evil eye. Blue buildings surrounded by high mountains look particularly attractive.

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Famous and uniques places in Israel from our review series

Church of Holy Sepulchre

From the series “ Survived artifacts of early Christian civilization”
The most famous Christian church in the world is the temple of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. According to beliefs, it is located exactly at the place where Jesus had been crucified and buried, and where his resurrection happened subsequently. Every year, this temple hosts one of the most important sacraments in the world - the ceremony of the Holy Fire. Located in Jerusalem, the temple is one of the few ancient Christian sites in the world, whose date of foundation is accurately known up to a year. The first church in this place was built in the year 326, and its consecration took place in the year 335.

Today, the temple of the Holy Sepulchre is a huge architectural complex that includes not only a number of buildings of different periods, but also Golgotha hill that was a place of … Read all

Oak of Mamre

From the series “The surviving artifacts of Jewish civilization”
There are also quite unusual among the Jewish holy places. A great example is the Oak of Mamre. A nice biblical legend tells about this old tree. According to it, Abraham was talking to God there. For these reasons, a unique tree is also known under the name Oak of Abraham. If this tree has really managed to survive to the present day, the oak has to be about 5 000 years old.

The ancient tree is situated in Hebron, in the monastery of the Holy Trinity. The oak completely faded in the late 19th century. Today, abbots make every effort to keep its trunk safe. Now, it is surrounded by special supports. A few years ago, new young shoots appeared next to the oak. A lot of amazing stories are associated with this sight. Many endow healing powers, while others tell about the ability of Oak of … Read all

Well of Jacob

From the series “The surviving artifacts of Jewish civilization”
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 rock-cut pit is 35 meters roughly estimated. According to the biblical writings, here Jesus met the Samaritan woman, which is described in the Gospel of John.

Currently, this amazing Biblical point of interest is on the territory of a large monastic complex. The well is hidden in the walls of the Greek Orthodox Church. The Well of Jacob is one of the few religious sites in the world that is worshipped by adherents of several religious movements, including Jews, Christians, Muslims, and Samaritans. The first church next to … Read all
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Sightseeing in popular cities of Israel

Tel Aviv
Besides traditional and customary visits to nightclubs and restaurants, this resort has preparing a rich cultural program for its guests. Lovers of classical music will surely enjoy the performances of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, which are conducted in Mann Concert Hall. The national theater Habima is located not far away from the concert hall. Here will see plays by best Israeli playwrights. Fans of the new trends in the theater art should visit Yiddishpiel. Old Jaffa is the … Read more
Jerusalem
In addition to religious sites in Jerusalem, there are very interesting historical sites. In the Old City is the tower of David - the surviving fragment of the old fortress, which was built in the 2nd century BC. According to historical data, earlier on the site of this fortress was the palace of King David. After the death of the ruler, it was decided to convert his magnificent palace into a fortress, designed to protect the city. Now there is a very interesting historical museum in the … Read more
Haifa
Carmel National Park is the main attraction of this resort. This is also the largest park in the country. The park is a huge forest located in the foothill area. This place is rich in numerous plants, flowers and trees. You will also find rare animals and birds in this park. Haifa is the location of one of the world's major shrines – Elijah’s Cave, the prophet from the Bible. Adherents of Christianity, Judaism and Islam come to this place from many different countries to bow to the shrine … Read more
Netanya
Not far from Netanya are the ruins of Qaqun castle, the very first mention of which dates back to the 12th century. Built on a hilltop, it served as a fortification intended for the defense of the city. Today the castle is of great historical interest: according to some information, the first buildings existed on its site in prehistoric times. Some of the stones used in the construction of the fortress are decorated with unique antique ornaments. The city also has a very unusual facility … Read more
Nazareth
In addition to Christian shrines, there are also Muslim sights in Nazareth, and the White Mosque is a great example. It is the oldest of the city's three functioning mosques, its construction lasted 30 years and was completed in 1815. The mosque features the classic Ottoman style, from the inside it is decorated with traditional elements and chic handmade carpets. Not far from Nazareth is the unique historical site of Sepphoris where the ruins of the ancient city of the same name were … Read more
Petach Tikva
A curious tourist attraction is the Santiago Calatrava Bridge that can be seen at the entrance to the city from the airport side. The design of this bridge is special - its supports are almost invisible. That's why it seems that it literally floats in the air at a first sight. Only a few modern bridges share such a feature. Travers can see another similar bridge in Jerusalem. Not so long ago, a conservatory was opened in the city, a visit to which would be interesting for all music fans. … Read more

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