Jerusalem is the center and birthplace of Christianity, as it is the spiritual home of Judaism and Islam. These three faiths peg their origins to Abraham, the supposed historical father of Islam and Judaism, and spiritual father of Christians. Pilgrims from all over the world come to Jerusalem. Although pilgrimages are not as important for Christians as they are for Muslims, thousands of Christians make their way to Jerusalem every year, specifically to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
Israel at Glance – Art Scene, Shopping, Leisure, Religious Destinations
More famous as the Holy Land, Israel is certainly more than a place for pilgrimage. Resting between the deserts of Arabia and the Mediterranean, Israel not only offers a promising spiritual and religious experience but a unique mix of pleasure and excitement, amusing adventures and interesting tours as well.
This wonderful place is filled with lots of vacation sites and attractions for sports and leisure activities. Take a tour among archaeological treasure and sanctified historical structures – the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Cenaculum of the Last Supper, the Gate of Dormizion and the Ophel Archaeology Garden. Looking for authentic Israel arts? The cities of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv fit the bill for those seeking historical arts. Don’t miss one of the world’s leading archaeology and art museums, the Israel Museum – it features extensive fine arts, Jewish art and Biblical archaeology.
For water sports and other outdoor leisure, head straight to the year-round sunny Eilat and enjoy the sun and the beach. Book a room in one of the beach hotels in this city, pamper yourself with alternative treatments, enjoy authentic food and take pleasure in this city’s lively nightlife.
Make your Israel vacation an unforgettable shopping experience. Visit bazaars, street malls and colorful markets in the cities of Haifa, Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Don’t miss Malkha Mall, the biggest in Middle East; Khutsot-ha-Yotzer, the annual art fair in Jerusalem and the Tel Aviv shopping streets Shenkin, Herzl, Levinsky, Dizengoff and Nakhlat Binyamin. As a melting pot of religions, immigrants and cultures, expect the food scene to be extraordinarily diverse, but with very high standard in flavor. Have a tasteful gastronomic experience and sample authentic Israel dishes and snacks.
Like other countries in the Middle East, Israel is a vibrant modern country that is heading for diverse business tourism. Now far from its conservative past, this place is highly westernized and even excels in a wide array of industry and business. Most Israeli in the city can speak English. With their sophisticated services, accessible transportation, any traveler, whether for business or leisure, will be completely comfortable.
To say that Jerusalem is a city of museums is an understatement. There are more than 60 museums in the city, which is very impressive for a tiny city compared to other major metropolis and tourist destinations in the world. While a majority of these museums are excellent and the best in their field, the most important museum in the Holy City and the entire country is the Israel Museum.
Perhaps the most exciting archeological finds ever are the Dead Sea Scrolls, and where are they now? You guessed it, in the Israel [Read more…]
Christianity is the only religion in the world that claims the resurrection and ascension of its founder. Jesus was resurrected after spending three days in the grave. The Church of the Holy Sepulcher maintains that within its compound is the actual grave where the body of Jesus was kept for three days. The Holy Sepulcher is one of the most revered and visited sites in the Old City in Jerusalem. But just in case the church leaders got it wrong, there is an alternative location in Jerusalem for Christ’s tomb — the Garden Tomb.
The belief that this could be the probable site of Christ’s actual tomb is not without evidence. Believers look to textual, historical and [Read more…]
Situated in the southern Arava, north of Eilat, the Hai-Bar Yotvata Nature Reserve is a 4,000 acre breeding and reclamation area, run by the National Parks Authority and the Israel Nature Reserves. The nature reserve is the desert counterpart of the Hai-Bar Carmel Nature Reserve that operates in the northern Mediterranean forest.
It has been established to nurture and breed locally extinct animals mentioned in the Bible as well as other desert animals that are on the brink of extinction for possible reintroduction to Negev desert. The nature reserve covers an array of arid-land habitats such as [Read more…]
Started in 2000, the Eilat Classical Music Festival continues its musical tradition each year by improving its quality, performers and contents. This music event holds concerts performed by world-renowned international choirs and bands that fly to Eilat, Israel especially for this event.
Established by Maestro Valery Gergiev, a world-famous conductor, this event usually takes place every first week of January. He and his ensemble consistently return to sunny Eilat every year for a refreshing change (since they spend most of their time in the snowy [Read more…]
One of Eilat’s premier attractions is its beautiful stretch of beach – the mighty Red Sea. Being a resort city, it prides itself on the sense of indulgence, hedonism and freedom, which reigns even on the beaches. But why not? The beaches in Eilat provide everything you would need for a perfect summer vacation – water sports, parties, food and drinks, nightclubs and almost year-round warm weather. Eilat Reef Beach offers a vibrant atmosphere for those who want to enjoy a great amount of water activities and water sports.
Situated on one of the beautiful stretches of the Red Sea coastline, this beach offers a good number of active sea sport activities. To its north is the Village Beach while to its south is the Coral Beach, which is famous for fine snorkeling and diving. Reef Beach is managed by [Read more…]