Photogallery: Israel: Journey Across the Holy Land III
Israel: Journey Across the Holy Land III
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There is probably no more sacred country than the State of Israel and its landmarks. Most of it is mentioned in the Bible. Well, who don't know cities such as Jerusalem, Betlehem, Haifa, Jericho, Nazareth and many others. Today, many of them are Palestine National Authority. But this doesn't change the fact that their famous history attracts pilgrims from the time immemorial. However, not only landmarks make Israel special. Its also its unique nature, eternal surf of the Mediterranean Sea, sometimes almost bizarre salt formations in the Dead Sea or in massive mountains stretching across the land
Text and photo: Oskár Mažgút
Překlad: Stanislava Waniová
This ancient fortress lies only about 3 kilometers from the southern end of the Dead Sea, on the edge of the Judean Desert. During the 1st century BC, it was built by Herod the Great. Already at the time of its construction, this place had an important strategic location. Masada is located at an altitude of 30 meters, although it is built on a 450 meters high cliff. How is it possible? Simply put - the Dead Sea lies about 430 meters below the level of the Mediterranean Sea.
Today is our last day in Israel. And because we are flying home at night, we borrow a car early in the morning and we make ourselves a really rich programme.
Before we head back to the south of Israel to the city of Eilat, we make a short trip outside to the neighboring state. Palestine. Less than 4,8 million inhabitants live there, mostly Muslims and Arabic speakers here. There are ongoing conflicts between Israel and Palestine stemming from territorial disputes and delimitation of borders.
Not only the Old Town of Jerusalem is hiding real tourist treasures, so today we go for a walk that directly behind city walls. We start on Mount Sion, whose name is only another expression for the State of Israel. This mountain is located behind the southwest wall of the Old Town, the biblical King David's burial ground, and the very last supper of the Lord happened here.
Early in the morning we set out on a bus from Haifa and travel to Jerusalem, a historic city where we plan to spend two nights. We stay close to the Gate of Damascus, one of the entrances to the Old Town.
On train we leave Tel Aviv in the morning. Traveling north we are about to visit the city of Haifa and also a national park there. It is a very comfortable ride for us. The train is on time and wi-fi is available at train stations.
We leave the amazing Ein Gedi oasis and follow the main road along the Dead Sea. We area about to visit the famous ancient fortress of Masada. The historic sight belong to UNESCO world heritage and was listed in 2001. It is one of the main tourist attractions of Israel.
On this day, we visit the famous land of Qasr al-Yahud on the eastern bank of the River Jordan. Then we set out to Ein Gedi osasis.
A flight to Israel takes about 4 hours. Add a shy hour to that which takes you to get from Ovda airport to downtown Eilat. We attive on Thursday at 11 pm. Only at half past one am we reach the bed. Also, be careful when considering accommodation. Cheap accommodation is rather not operated legally. Therefore, arrange with owner your excat time of arrival. I reccommend you to search through rating of accommodation. Our first impression over dirty room is self-expressive.
We leave Amman for other interesting places in Jordan.
Last time we gave you a taste of Jordanian culture. We made a quick glimpse of one of the most liberal cities in the Arab world – Amman. Today we spent there little bit more time.
Our first part on Jordan is focused on the city of Amman. First, however, we tell you something on Jordan and its culture. Then we move to the city itself and tell you something on Muslim dining etiquette.
Today we move to one of the most popular archeological sights of the world, to Qumran located at northwestern shore of the Dead Sea, near the city of Jericho. This place is famous for finding of the so called Dead Sea Scrolls, also known as the Qumran manuscripts.
Caesarea or Caesarei, or Kaisareie in Greek, is a city located near the larger city of Hadera, in Israel, on the shore by the Mediterranean Sea. This historically important city is one of the most popular cities in the country. Why is it so we tell you in our article.
In the article today we continue on our journey across Israel. We move to the third largest city in the country, to Haifa. This port offers not only a splendid view of the Mediterranean Sea but also tolerant atmosphere and beautiful nature.
There are many sights in Israel’s largest city of Jerusalem. There are also many sacred places and symbols of many religions. One of these sights is the Western Wall or the Wailing Wall that attracts millions of pilgrims from all-around the world to say their prayers.
On the borderline of Jordan and Israel there is Earth’s lowest elevation on land, the Dead Sea. This endorheic hypersaline lake is popular tourist attraction, golden mine for companies extracting medical salt as well as a palce of rich and interesting history.
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