Israel is home to a number of the world’s most significant historic and cultural sites. From the White City of Tel Aviv to the Biblical Tels of Megiddo, Hazor and Beer Sheba, UNESCO has designated as many as eight World Heritage sites in the country. Here is a closer look at what makes these places globally important cultural relics.
Israel is a complex country, with a complex history and a complex position in the contemporary scheme of nations. Most visitors come to Israel to visit the holy sites of the three Abrahamic religions — Judaism, Christianity and Islam — without paying much attention to the facticity of Israel itself. For those planning a trip to Israel, here are 29 things you might not know about this tiny Mediterranean country, a good introduction for those who know very little and are hungry for some interesting trivia.
Israel is filled with ruins of lost, ancient cities from every part of its history, including many from the country’s Roman era. After nearly two millennia of turbulent history, many of these cities had been forgotten, but now, in this time of relative peace, these dazzling monuments of Israel’s Roman past are being recovered at a rapid pace. Here are some worth checking out.
Visiting the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Petra from Tel Aviv on a day trip is possible, but you’ll need to take a flight. If you have more than a day you can also arrange a bus or taxi, but the quickest and easiest way is to fly early in the morning from Tel Aviv’s Sde Dov airport to Eilat, Israel’s southernmost city and the closest airport to Petra. The flight takes just under an hour.
Nestled on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee (Lake Kinneret) in northern Israel, Tiberias is a popular holiday spot for domestic and international tourists alike, who come to relax at the lakefront resorts or use the city as a base for exploring the Galilee and Golan.