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All About Israel - Virtual Travel Guide

The Dome of the Rock and the Western Wall in Jerusalem

Israel is the Holy Land for vast numbers of people, and has been at the centre of controversy and conflict for many centuries. Despite this, Israel is a remarkable, vibrant country that has much to offer tourists and travellers.

Historic sights

Jerusalem is the focal point for the world's three major religions - a holy place for Christians, Jews and Muslims alike. Every year thousands of people visit Jerusalem as part of a pilgrimage.

In Jerusalem, you can follow Via Dolorosa, the traditional path Jesus took on his way to crucifixion, or visit the Western Wall, the holiest site in Judaism. Other moving experiences include a visit to the Dome of the Rock, an octagonally-shaped mosque that is the third most sacred site in Islam, or to Yad Vashem, an affecting museum and memorial dedicated to the six million Jews murdered in the Holocaust.

   

Culture and archaeology

Because Israel has been occupied for thousands of years, it is home to many cultural and archaeological wonders.

Key sites include St Anne’s Church, built by the Crusaders, or the Israel Museum,  


home to the Dead Sea Scrolls. In the northern part of the country in Gan Hashlosha National Park, the Museum of Regional and Mediterranean Archaeology allows visitors to see and learn about some of the most prized archaeological treasures in the region.

Morning prayers on Masada

Centuries of conflict have left fortress ruins scattered across the country. A massive Ottoman seawall still protects the city of Acre near Haifa, and the legendary Palace of King Herod sits atop a cliff in Masada, a desert fortress overlooking the Dead Sea.

 

Activities in Israel

Swimming with dolphins in Eilat, reading the newspaper while floating in the surreal Dead Sea, bargaining for jewelry at Jerusalem's markets, gorging on felafel at a Haifa street stall and partying the night away at Tel Aviv's clubs are all must-do activities for visitors to Israel.

   

How to get to Israel

Travellers to Israel are subjected to high levels of security due to ongoing conflict in the region. Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv is the major entry point, but you can also arrive via ferries from Greece or Cyprus. Several cruise lines also stop in the cities of Haifa and Ashdod as part of their regular Mediterranean tours.

   

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