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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.
Israel is a Middle Eastern country with a rich history. Half of the territory washed by the Mediterranean and Red Seas is desert, while the other is …
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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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History and Entertainment

Israel is one of the tourist countries visited by travelers in any season. Besides great religious and historical monuments, the country is notable for its luxurious beaches on the Dead Sea coasts, multiple wellness resorts and excellent conditions for shopping and food tourism. There are also stylish youth resorts that will impress you with a wide variety of nightclubs and discos.
Typical youth resorts are Jaffa and Tel Aviv. They offer its guests to visit amazing sandy beaches and fashionable hotels. During daytime, the coast has quite a calm and peaceful atmosphere. When it gets dark, beaches turn into noisy discos in the open air. The guests of Israel have an opportunity to evaluate and luxurious Mediterranean beaches. The most popular resort on the Mediterranean Sea coast is Herzliya. It is primarily suitable for prosperous travelers. Here are fashionable hotels and restaurants on the luxurious sandy coast.
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This is no coincidence that Israel is visited by adherents of health tourism. The main secrets of the country are curative muds of the Dead Sea. Seawater itself has unique healing properties due to the high content of salt and rare minerals. At local resorts, there are upscale wellness centers, which services can be used absolutely by everyone. Even usual swimming in the sea is a useful treatment procedure. One of the most popular resorts on the Dead Sea coast is Ein Bokek. Swimming on local beaches is the best rejuvenating procedure.
Petach Tikva Shopping enthusiasts come to Israel to buy first-class pieces of jewelry and unique cosmetics produced on the basis of the Dead Sea minerals. Throughout hundreds of years, jewelry shops have been working in the country. Here, hereditary masters make amazing pieces of jewelry, crockery of precious metals, candlesticks and other decorative elements for houses. You can find jewelry shops in any city of the country but some of the most famous are located in the capital.
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To buy the best cosmetics, it is better to visit one of the resorts on the Dead Sea coast. The most popular cosmetic brands are Hlavin and Dead Sea Premier. The favorite entertainment of many tourists is walking along colorful Israel markets. Here, you can buy wonderful spices, nuts, eastern treats, wines of the local production and souvenirs from local craftsmen.
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Famous and uniques places in Israel from our review series

Church of All Nations

From the series “Monuments of Byzantium: the most famous buildings”
The beautiful Church of All Nations is located in the Garden of Gethsemane in Israel. It was built by a famous Italian architect in 1924. The stone is kept in the church. It is its main value. Jesus Christ was in the Agony in the Garden of Gethsemane on this stone. Pilgrims from all over the world come to worship this great shrine. The church attracts ordinary travelers with its unique architecture and interior design.

The very first church was built by the Crusaders on the site of the current one in the 12th century. But it managed to survive only about 200 years. As recent research has shown, an earlier Byzantine church was once located on this site. It was built in the 4th century. An interesting event occurred in 1920. The foundation was laid for the present church at that time. The … Read all

Synagogue Hasidut Belz

From the series “The most luxury and famous synagogues”
The Hasidic Belz synagogue is located in a busy neighborhood in Jerusalem. The synagogue has already acquired the status of an important city landmark, even though it was built only recently. Its construction began in 1985. It lasted 15 years. This religious monument is remarkable for its scale. The building was built on a hillside. It has several entrances on different levels. The synagogue hall is so large that it can accommodate up to 10,000 people at a time.

In fact, Hasidic Belz is not just a synagogue but a real cultural center. There is a library, as well as several halls for educational and festive events in it, in addition to the prayer hall. An excellent lighting system was installed in the building. It allows seeing the ceiling decorated with ornaments, carved stairs, and … Read all

Church of the Resurrection of Christ

From the series “The Most Astonishing Orthodox Churches”
In Jerusalem has placed the greatest Orthodox Church of the world meaning – Church of the Resurrection of Christ. Mostly known as Church of the Holy Sepulcher. This cathedral was established in 325 year. The place where it is now is a precise place of the Christ crucifixion and burial. Helen, the mother of the Emperor Konstantin the Great, has decided to build the cathedral there. She has adopted Christianity several years before the death. Earlier at this place was a large cathedral devoted to Venice goddess.

According to the historical data, when Helen came to the underground of the cathedral, she found a cave where Jesus Christ was buried. Also, there was a cross where Jesus was crucified. The oldest world cathedral has quite a complex history. Many times it was destroyed and … Read all
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IHG Brings its Voco Hotel Brand to The Hague

The dining options deserve a separate mention. The Botanica Kitchen Bar & Lounge has 80% of its menu dedicated to vegetable dishes. It mostly uses fresh local ingredients. Grilled vegetable platters cooked in a Josper charcoal oven are among the signature dishes of the Botanica Kitchen. Ultramarijn Wonderbar serves breakfast in the morning and delicious and authentic food in the evening. Don’t forget to try interesting cocktails inspired by Dutch Sea explorations. The new hotel on the Kneuterdijk is a worthy addition to The Hague, a famous travel destination and home to many international organizations. Read this

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Sightseeing in popular cities of Israel

Tel Aviv
Use your walks in the White City area to admire its beautiful architecture of the first half of the 20th century. This district was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Beautiful post-war buildings have been preserved on its territory. The district got its name due to white building facades. Presently, many historical buildings host cultural centers, shops, and restaurants. A pagoda house is considered an unusual architectural monument. It was built in 1925 for one of the wealthy citizens. … 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
Acre
The first settlement at the site of modern Acre appeared approximately in 3000 BC. Acre became one of the first cities conquered by Thutmose III during his military campaigns. When Alexander the Great conquered this territory, Greeks started settling in the region. At that time, there were no Jews in the ancient city. Only when Muslims managed to make Acre their own, the Jewish community started developing here. Later, the Crusaders claimed their authority over Acre, turning it into one of the … Read more
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 … 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
Jaffa
The first settlement on the site of modern Jaffa appeared before the 18th century BC. According to the archaeological excavations, during the invasion of the Hyksos to Egypt, there were already fortifications in this area. Written sources mentioned Jaffa already in the 15th century BC. The city was developing actively during the Roman Empire period. However, the settlement was completely destroyed during the Jewish-Roman war. Soon after that Titus Flavius Vespasianus became an emperor and the … 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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