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Nature of Israel - national parks and reserves for active recreation

Eilat, Israel Israel is located on the border of two parts of the world and belongs to the Middle East region. The western coast of the country is washed by the Mediterranean Sea, the Jordan River flows at the eastern borders and the majestic Dead Sea lies on the Syrian-African fault. The southern shore of Israel is washed by the Red Sea. Despite the Country’s small size, it is distinguished by its natural diversity. Israel’s territory can be divided into several regions: the coastal Mediterranean plain, hilly landscapes in the central part, the Negev desert and the Jordan Valley. The country’s climate can be described as subtropical or Mediterranean with mild wet winters and dry sultry summers.
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Natural uniqueness defines a huge number of natural attractions that deserve the attention of tourists. One of the most amazing places in Israel is the Dead Sea situated below the level of the World Ocean. It is a huge inner lake fed by the waters of the Jordan River. The reservoir got its modern name from the Crusaders. River waters saturate the Dead Sea with minerals and salt which makes it the most saline and lifeless reservoir on the planet. Today, a tourist infrastructure has been created on the shore of the Dead Sea including hotels, sanatoriums, hospitals and spa centers.
One of the most famous rivers in the world, “the Jordan River” can be found in Israel. It is a place of pilgrimage for Christians from all over the world. Believers tend to take part in the symbolic sacrament of baptism in the place where Jesus Christ was baptized by John the Baptist in ancient times. The Bible more than once speaks of the Jordan as a wonderful river whose waters parted before Joshua, helping the Israelis to complete a forty-year wandering through the desert. Today, tourists can see the Jordan with their own eyes and plunge into the sacred river waters. The most popular place to visit is the tourist complex “Yardenit” near the source of the river close to Tiberias. Copyright
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Arriving in Israel, one cannot but visit the unearthly desert Negev, nicknamed “blooming”. Once a year, there comes the time of flowering of numerous plants, turning this stern place into a colorful carpet and filling it with fragrance. In the desert you will find ancient earth craters “mahtesh”, formed as a result of erosion of internal rocks. A few years ago, a water pipe was laid here which allowed the cultivation of the fertile lands of the northern part of the desert. This led to the emergence of settlements and agrarian communes –“moshav” and “kibbutzim”. Yatir, a large afforestation was created in the desert where many tourist routes are situated. The excavations of ancient settlements are of interest.
Lake Tiberias or Lake Kinerit is also popular among tourists. According to legend, Jesus Christ preached, resurrected the dead and treated the sick on its shores two thousand years ago. The water of this lake has shown a miracle of His walking on the water. There is a nature reserve Hamat-Gader with thermal springs at the lake. During excavations, the ruins of Roman baths were found within its territory. It also has a large crocodile nursery. One of the most beautiful places to visit in Israel is the grottoes of Rosh Ha Nikra, which formerly served as the starting point for trade caravans in Egypt. Depending on the time of day, the grottoes change their color from silvery to aquamarine. Tourists can take advantage of the convenient paths to go through the grottoes and admire the picturesque views of the Mediterranean coast.
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In Haifa at the slope of Mount Carmel are situated the Baha’i Gardens. Created in the middle of the 20th century, today there are nineteen rounded terraces branching off from the Baha’i Temple. The terraces are decorated in Persian style. Their perfect alleys, emerald lawns and exquisitely trimmed shrubs cannot but create delight. You will find more than four hundred varieties of strange plants in the gardens, each of which has a sacred meaning. Garden of Gethsemane is one of the religious and cultural shrines of Israel. Today, only a modest plot remains of it. Before now it occupied an extensive valley. The modern garden adjoins the tomb of the Virgin Mary. According to tradition, it was in the Garden of Gethsemane that Jesus Christ spent the last hours before His crucifixion. Presently, ancient olive trees which are over hundreds of years old grow here.
There is also the “Caesarea National Park” – the center of the ancient city of Caesarea which disappeared under the water several centuries ago. Even today, part of its territory is under water. An ancient amphitheater, a hippodrome and a port have been preserved in the park. Its colossal walls are surrounded by exquisite galleries, shops and restaurants. On the way to the public beach you can see the ancient aqueduct with an intriguing “bird’s mosaic”. You will also find a lot of art galleries in “Caesarea”. In the harbor, you can find an archaeological exhibition representing a thousand-year-old Sarcophagus made of stone, on the lid of which the head of the mythical gorgon Medusa is carved.
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Famous places and sights of Israel

Tel Beer Sheva

From the series “The Surviving Artifacts of Jewish Civilization”
Another amazing religious shrine that is important from the historical point of view is the ancient city of Tel Beer Sheva located in the southern part of Israel. Researchers have discovered it relatively recently, in the 70s of the last century. The oldest of the finds dates back to the 4th century BC. Findings relating to the 2nd century BC are much more interesting. They indicate that there was a large village, whose residents had knowledge and skills that were outstanding for that age.

They skillfully processed an ivory, were able to melt the metal and make necessary tools of stone, as well as build unique underground rooms. Today, travelers can see the archaeological area with ruins of buildings that have been built by the inhabitants of Judah. In the heyday of the city, there were ... Read all

Wailing Wall

From the series “The Surviving Artifacts of Jewish Civilization”
One of the greatest shrines of Judaism, located outside the territory of the Temple Mount, is the Wailing Wall. It is a part of the preserved ancient wall that thousands of years ago has surrounded the Temple Mount. The length of the surviving fragment is 57 meters. The rest of the wall was destroyed by the Romans in 70 AD. For more than a thousand years, the Wailing Wall has been a symbol of hope and faith for people who practice Judaism.

Pilgrims come here from all over the world to pray and leave a note with names of loved ones who need help of the divine powers in one of the crevices of the ancient wall. The exact date of the beginning and the end of construction of the wall is unknown. According to some reports, it was begun during the reign of Herod the Great in 19 BC. After the ... Read all
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Tel Aviv
The most ambitious scientific and historical center of the city is the Museum Eretz Yisrael, which name translates as the ‘Museum of the Land of Israel.’ The museum was opened in 1953; its walls house a rich collection of exhibits dedicated to the culture and traditions of local people. Its collection of ancient … Read more
Holy Sepulcher Temple is a no less important religious shrine. In fact, this is a complex of six different churches, each of which reflects different traditions in Christianity. Each chapel of the church has its own unique religious artifacts. However, visitors will not find rich decoration or jewelry in the temple. … Read more
Next to it there is the Muslim cemetery and a mosque founded in the era of the Ottoman Empire. Among other attractions of the Lower City, the Railroad Museum with a rich and rewarding collection is worth mentioning. One of the most interesting sights is Adar. Its permanent symbol is Technion, the awesome Institute … Read more
Within the city, you can visit the Municipal Gallery, which occupies the City Hall building. This museum is open with free admission and keeps an extensive collection of exhibits on various areas of regional culture and art. Collections of sculptures, paintings, and handicrafts by local artists are gathered in its … Read more
Another popular attraction is the Chapel of the Virgin. Standing on a clifftop, the very small chapel has been in its original form since its construction. It is deprived of any rich decorations but still looks very elegant and attractive. To get to this site, you'll need to climb the rock by a steep path. The chapel … Read more
Perhaps, Underwater Observatory Marine Park is one of the most unusual landmarks in Eilat. The underwater observatory consists of two halls located 6 meters deep in the water. These halls have large panoramic windows that are very comfortable for watching the underwater life. The observatory is built close to the … Read more

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