Israel hotels

Tel Aviv

 

Tel Aviv, often called “the city that never stops,” was the first modern Jewish city built in Israel, and is the country’s economic and cultural center. Tel Aviv began its history in Jaffa - the ancient 3,000-year-old adjoining city that lies to its southwest. The current Old City of Jaffa was built during the Ottoman Empire and its stone houses and narrow alleyways now house the picturesque artists’ quarter and tourist center.  There are several important Christian sites in Old Jaffa such as the Church of Saint Peter, which dates back to the 17th century, the house of Simon the Tanner where Peter had his vision of the non-kosher animals, and the tomb of Tabitha, whose righteous deeds enabled Peter to raise her from the dead.

 

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Galilee

 

Thanks to the abundant water and the fertile soil in the Galilee’s valleys, this region has been relatively densely populated since ancient times and today has the largest variety of ethnic communities in Israel. The Galilee is one of Israel’s main tourism centers, with dozens of different types of sites. For example, there are national antiquities parks; Druze villages (Beit Jan, Peki’in) and Circassian who preserve their ancient traditions; Jewish holy sites, such as the graves of the sages and ancient synagogues in Safed (Tsfat) and Tiberias; and Christian holy sites that are visited by many pilgrims during their tour of the Holy Land - Nazareth, Capernaum, the Jordan River and Lake Kineret. There are many Christian holy sites around the Sea of Galilee, including the Mount of Beatitudes, the Church of the Loaves and the Fishes, Kursi, and the wooden boat discovered in the lake and now on display at Kibbutz Ginosar. The Galilee is a fascinating area that offers dozens of touring and entertainment options.

 

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Jerusalem

 

Jerusalem is a city of overwhelming emotions, a city that promises a religious and spiritual experience, excitement and pleasure, interesting tours and entertaining adventures. At Jerusalem’s heart is the Old City, which is surrounded by a wall and divided into four quarters - Jewish, Armenian, Christian, and Muslim. Inside the walls are the important holy sites of the three major religions: the Western Wall, which is holy to the Jews, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, and the Dome of the Rock on the Temple Mount. Jerusalem is also very important to Christianity, as Jesus Christ lived and died here. One of the most prominent and important sites in the Christian quarter is the Via Dolorosa, the “Way of Sorrows,” Jesus’ final path, which according to Christian tradition led from the courthouse to Golgotha Hill, where he was crucified and buried. Southwest of the Old City is Mt. Zion, where the Dormition Abbey was built on the site Christian tradition believes Mary spent her last night. Beside the abbey is the Room of the Last Supper, where Jesus ate his last meal. From the very beginning, Jerusalem has been the one and only, a unique city second to none in the whole world.

 

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