Israel

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If you are looking for a destination that is different from other tourist spots in the world, then visiting the Holy Land, Israel will fully satisfy you. The capital is Jerusalem, and the official currency is the new shekel. For a long time Israel had bad reputation, these problems, however, are not stopping thousands of tourists, who come every year to experience the country’s rich history, culture and natural beauty.

It offers visitors a multitude of possibilities, from skiing on Mount Hermon in the winter months to swimming in the Gulf of Eilat in the dry summer season. Tel Aviv is the same as New York in the United States; commercial and cultural center. The fact that it was founded in 1909, makes this city the young part of this world where many cities are not centuries old but millennial. Unlike modern Tel Aviv, Jaffa old town has its roots in biblical times, and perhaps even before.

Jerusalem is the official capital and the holy city of three major religions: Christianity, Judaism and Islam. You can walk down the street on which Jesus walked when he was executed. The street is called the Via Dolorosa or “Way of Sorrows,”. The ancient old town is surrounded by imposing walls, which date back to the Ottoman period. Here is Jewish sacred Western Wall or Wailing Wall, the most visited place in Israel and the place where Jews from around the world come to pray.

Within the old town there are the Dome of the rock, as well as the Al-Aqsa Mosque, which is one of the most sacred Muslim places. The desert fortress of Masada was the place where the famous battle between the Jewish Veterans and Roman legionnaires was led in 73, during the First Jewish-Roman War.

You can still see the walls that the Romans built as part of their siege of Masada, as well as many other ruins that remind us of this event. Here you can see the palace of Herod, a Roman bath, water tanks, synagogue, house of Jewish rebels, as well as eleven Roman barracks.

At 422 m below sea level, the Dead Sea is the biggest depression in the world. Its water has about ten times the salinity of normal seawater, and because the high density swimmers cannot sink. Yad Vashem in Jerusalem represents a memorial to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust in Israel, and it is located on the Mount of Remembrance (Har Hazikaron). The main purpose of the museum is documenting the 6 million Jews killed during World War II. Located in Jerusalem Israel Museum is the largest cultural complex in country.

It is known for its large number of exhibits of biblical archeology, ethnography, rare manuscripts and ancient statutes. Contains the Dead Sea Scrolls, the oldest known biblical manuscripts in the world, but also more modern works such as Picasso and Rodin. Halfway between Tel Aviv and Haifa, Caesarea is one of the brightest jewels and archaeological sites in Israel. Caesarea, the ancient city and port was dedicated to Emperor Augustus.

Baha’i garden together with a centrally mounted, wide staircase and 19 terraces, covers the northern slopes of Mount Carmel. On the central terrace is the golden dome of the temple of Baba, the central figure of the Baha’i faith. Baha’i Garden is the most recognizable part of Haifa and one of the most visited attraction in Israel. This magnificent garden is located on the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit Baha’i garden, relax in this unusual peace and enjoy.




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