Israel: must-see places
The area of Israel by our standards is quite small, but there are so many historical places on its territory that it is almost impossible to visit them in a short vacation time. The SamSebeTurist travel portal has compiled a very short list of fourteen places to visit. This is a minimum for acquaintance with the most important sights of the country, which is quite accessible for a quick acquaintance.
Of course, the Wailing Wall (Kotel stones in Hebrew) is on the first place in the list, because faith in a real miracle brings millions of people from everywhere. Going down into the tunnels of the Western Wall and feeling the spirit of the Jerusalem Temple is the dream of many, many travelers. The Temple Mount is considered a sacred place for Muslims who dream of seeing the dome of the Rock and the first qibla in Islam Al-Aksu, which is compared with Mecca and Medina in importance for believers. Here stands the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, where they go to bow to the place where Jesus was crucified and resurrected.
Garden of Gethsemane in Jerusalem
Staying in a tiny garden in the Cedron Valley causes a reverent chill, because there is a place where Jesus Christ prayed before his arrest. Olives in the garden today are more than two thousand years old! At the foot of the Mount of Olives there is the Tomb of the Virgin and Gethsemane Grotto, and a little higher on the mountain you can admire the Russian Church of Mary Magdalena, the paintings in which were made by Vereshchagin and Ivanov.
Jerusalem Museum of Israel
It would be possible to examine more than half a million exhibits in it, and even for a cursory acquaintance with all, human life is not enough. In the Garden of Arts there are sculptures of the great masters of Rodin and Picasso, you can see firsthand the Qumran manuscripts and the layout of the Second Temple of Jerusalem of the sixty-sixth year before our era.
Holocaust Memorial in Israel
We suggest you visit the National Holocaust Memorial on Mount of Remembrance in Jerusalem – Yad Vashem, the world’s largest museum. It causes a deep shock and without visiting the exhibits of numerous halls it is impossible to realize the whole strength of the Jewish people and the depth of their memory.
Holocaust Memorial in Israel.
True, it is better to refrain from visiting some of the halls for impressionable adults and, of course, do not show them to children. This is primarily about the “Children’s Memorial.”
At first glance, incompatible styles coexist perfectly in the “capital of Mediterranean delights,” as Tel Aviv is called in the media. Here you can find everything from the mysterious Jaffa to the magnificent beaches and opera evenings.
Caesarea National Park
Only 45 kilometers drive from Tel Aviv to the north, and the traveler is already in the National Park, where you must definitely see the Roman amphitheater, hippodrome, aqueduct, ancient baths and statues. It will be useful to recall that the city and the fortress were built in the unimaginably distant IV century BC. and in it a little later Pontius Pilate himself arranged his residence. Here you can sunbathe on the best beach in the country – Caesarea Aqueduct Beach.
The hanging gardens of Haifa are not in vain called the eighth wonder of the world and are a place of pilgrimage for the Baha’is. They believe that in the foreseeable future, all world rulers will go along the central staircase among the nineteen green terraces to the Temple of the Bab, where they will make eternal peace on the planet. This object is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and they don’t make noise, drink or eat here.
Druze Village Daliyat Al Karmel
Druze is a secret from the secrets of Israel. We only know about the secret ideology of the Druze, faith in the transmigration of souls and unusual friendliness. When you visit Daliyat Al Karmel, the largest Druze village, be sure to visit the central eastern bazaar and try local dishes. You will never forget the taste of the famous Jupita with cheese and spices.
So much has been said about the homeland of Jesus that you just need to visit Nazareth, Lake of Tiberias, in two holy cities – Tiberias and Safed. Here you will try the most aromatic cheeses and the most delicious natural yogurt, honey cakes and wine from the place where Christ turned water into it.
The beneficial properties of its water and mud are known to everyone, so you should definitely visit the main resort called Ein Bokek, then go to the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve, Mount Sodom and, of course, visit Qumran Park – you will not regret it!
The fortress was built at an altitude of five hundred meters in the middle of the Judean Desert, on a lonely rock. Even at the dawn of our century, it became the last hope for the defending rebels of Judea. For more than three years they defended the only path leading to the fortress from the Romans, but in the end they preferred death to slavery.