Israel Travel Guide
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Israel Historical, Religious & Cultural Sites
* The capital and largest city of Israel, it also attracts the most foreign tourists. The holiest city in Judaism, the ancient capital of the United Monarchy and then of the Kingdom of Judah. The site of the Temples in Jerusalem. See Western Wall
* The four quarters of the Old City
* The site of some of Jesus's teaching and entombment; Christians believe he was crucified on a nearby hill, Golgotha.
* (Islam). Dome of the Rock, Al-Aqsa Mosque
* City of David, including Hezekiah's Tunnel
* Yad Vashem holocaust memorial museum
* The Mount of Olives which includes gethsemane, church of all nations, Russian orthodox church, Mt. of Olives lookout point, Dominus Flevit, the pillar of absalom and a 2000 year old Jewish cemetery.
* List of places in Jerusalem
* Israel's second-largest city, and a cosmopolitan, cultural and financial global city. The city's greater area is the largest with 3 million inhabitants. Tel Aviv exhibits a Unesco world heritage area of Bauhaus architecture. Nearby historical city of Jaffa is experiencing a touristic boom.
* Hermon mountain. Skiing and snowboarding during the winter.
* Archaeology in Katzrin, Gamla, Nimrod Fortress, Gilgal Refaim
* A holy city in Judaism, where much of the Jerusalem Talmud was written and kabbalah (Jewish mysticism) was developed. Famous for its artisans. The grave of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai in nearby Meron.
* (Bahá'í) Shrine of Bahá'u'lláh, resting place of Bahá'u'lláh as well as a Unesco world heritage historical town.
* (Bahá'í) Shrine of the Báb, its associated terraces, and the Bahá'í World Centre and the buildings (a Unesco world heritage).
* A holy city in Judaism, on west bank of the freshwater Sea of Gallilee.
* Saint Peter's house at Capernaum, Tabgha and the Mount of Beatitudes.
* Jesus's hometown and the site of many of his acts and miracles.
* Starting point for the Jesus Trail, a network of hiking routes connecting many sites from Jesus's life and ministry.
* A Roman Decapolis city. One of the largest archaeological sites in the Middle East.
* Burial place of the matriarch Rachel and birthplace of King David.
* Birthplace of Jesus
Note: Bethlehem is in Area 'A' under the control of the Palestinian Authority. Visitors from Israel will pass through a checkpoint and are required to show their passports. Israelis are forbidden entry to Area 'A' without explicit army approval.
* The second-holiest city in Judaism and the place where the Tomb of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs is located. According to Jewish tradition, this is the burial place of the great patriarchs (Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob) and matriarchs (Sarah, Rebecca, and Leah). The capital of the Kingdom of Israel before David moved it to Jerusalem.
Note: Most of Hebron is zoned Area 'A' under the control of the Palestinian Authority, except for a small area where Israeli citizens are permitted to live jointly with Palestinians. Visitors from Israel will pass through a checkpoint and may be required to show their passports. Israelis are forbidden entry to Area 'A' without explicit army approval.
* Masada became famous for its significance in the First Jewish-Roman War (Great Jewish Revolt), when a siege of the fortress by troops of the Roman Empire led to a mass suicide of the site's Jewish defenders when defeat became imminent.
* Its settlement attributed to the patriarch Abraham. Regional capital of the Negev desert. It serves as a starting point for exploring such sites as the Ramon Crater or the Unesco world heritage Nabathean Incense Route (Shivta, Avdat, Mamshit).
* The southernmost city in Israel, on the Red Sea coast, it is a hot, sunny year-round travel destination. Popular destination for skin and SCUBA diving, with equipment for hire on or near all major beaches.
* A network of once socialist communes which dot the countryside. They are undergoing a process of modernization and re-organization. Well known in Israel for great contributions to Israeli history, politics, army, and Zionism.
* The old city includes Roman and Crusader ruins, such as the amphitheatre (where concerts are frequently held), as well as the harbor from which St. Paul was taken as a prisoner to Rome.
* The grassy golf club and villas are newly developed in this coastal city, which has become increasing popular to tourists.
* Desert spring. It is a starting point for tours in Masada as well as the Dead Sea.
* A Roman town exhibiting elaborate mosaics and a historic Synagogue.
* A large archaeological complex in the Judean Mountains.
* There several Iron Age mounds spread throughout the country. Three of them Tel Be'er Sheva, Tel Hazor and Tel Megiddo (the site of Armageddon) were recognized as Unesco world heritage sites . They exhibit elaborate water systems that are among the earliest in the world.
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