Shalom Life | July 20, 2014

The Top Ten Places To Visit In Israel

As summer is quickly approaching, we take a look at all the sights and sounds of the Holy Land

By: Caitlin Marceau

Published: May 9th, 2014 in News » Israel

Deciding where to go while on vacation can be a hassle, especially when visiting a country like Israel, where culture and history intersect at every corner. And while it's essentially impossible to cover every restaurant, every cafe, every beach, we can most certainly look at the essentials. There are many people who visit Israel often, but don't step outside of Tel Aviv or Jerusalem, or visit any tourist attractions. But with this list, we at Shalom Life have got you covered.

HONORABLE MENTIONS: Caesarea National Park, Jerusalem Biblical Zoo, Eilat, The Negev & Ramon Crater

10.


TEL AVIV MUSEUM OF ART

Starting our list off at number ten is the Tel Aviv Museum Of Art. One of the leading institutions of art from around the world, this museum features artists like Gustav Klimt, Michal Na’aman and various others. Its collections range from focuses on modern art to the classics, and an entire collection of Israeli art. Its architectural design alone is something to marvel at.

9.


THE GALILEE & THE SEA OF GALILEE

The Galilee is a rather large region in Northern Israel brimming with history, with the Sea of Galilee being where, in the New Testament, Jesus Christ walks on water. Also part of the Galilee are the ancient cities of Sefad and Acre, Tiberias and the Jordan River. Like other locations on this list, it's simply a beautiful feast for the eyes.

8.


JAFFA PORT

Jaffa Port is one of the most famous ports in all of the world, having been mentioned in religious texts from an array of different faiths. In 1917, Jaffa Port was taken as part of the Mandatory Palestine, until it was released to a newly Independent Israel. Currently, the port is still open but is more of a tourist attraction than an international business hub. With a lighthouse, cafes and a brilliant history, Jaffa Port is a must see for those visiting Israel.

7.


BAHAI GARDENS

Surrounding the shrine of Bab, the Bahai Gardens are a sight to see. Extending up the Northern slope of Mount Carmel, the gardens feature an array of beautiful plants, flowers, that are all arranged in complex geometric shapes. Nineteen terraces make their way up the mountain all connected by gravel paths, trimmed hedges and decadently groomed flower beds. While many of the terraces have their own design, love and compassion link them all together.

6.


THE DEAD SEA

Who hasn’t heard of The Dead Sea? With it’s surfaces being 1833 ft below sea level it’s the world’s lowest elevation on land, deepest hypersaline sea (over 1200 ft deep) and has the world’s highest salt concentration, it’s no wonder everyone wants to see it. The insane salt concentration also means that people can float easily in the water, but that it makes for too harsh of an environment for animals to survive in, hence the name. The Dead Sea is also historically important, and it was a main source of mummification supplies for the ancient Egyptians.

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