7 Best Landmarks in Israel

July 19, 2017  

Israel is a religious mecca for millions of people–it is also the home of some stunning tourism sites. With literally thousands of years of history, the Jewish state is a treasure trove of cultural landmarks you won’t want to skip on your next visit. We’ve ranked here our top seven can’t miss Israeli sites.

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7. Sea of Galilee

The Sea of Galilee is the largest freshwater lake in Israel and the lowest freshwater lake on Earth. Situated near the Golan Heights, this body of water held important historical meaning for the Greeks, Hasmoneans and ancient Romans. It is also where Christianity believes Jesus famously walked on water, making it a major draw for many visitors.

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6. Hanging Gardens of Haifa

The Hanging Gardens of Haifa, comprising the Terraces of the Baha’i faith, are one of the most visited spots in Israel. Of important significance for Baha’i followers, these gardens are a major tourism spot for visitors of all faiths, thanks to the beautiful greenery and lush blooms the gardens enjoy.

Caesarea National Park

5. Caesarea National Park

The Caesarea National Park is a historical site enveloping the ancient Caesarea Maritima built by Herod the Great around 25 BCE. Today, visitors can explore the stunning ruins of the old city and harbor, with arched walkways and fortified walls. With its prime location on the coast, this spot also makes a popular picnic destination.

yad vashem

4. Yad Vashem

Yad Vashem is Israel’s official Holocaust trust and arguably the leading global source for Shoah archives, exhibits and preservation. Located in Jerusalem, Yad Vashem is famous for its Hall of Names, which aims to chronicle the names and stories of all 6 million Jews killed in the Holocaust.

wailing wall

3. Wailing Wall

The Wailing Wall, the Western Wall, the Kotel–whatever you call it, this is one landmark known to the entire Jewish world. Built by King Solomon in the time of the First Temple, the Wailing Wall is considered the holiest Jewish site on Earth and is visited by millions of worshippers each year.

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2. Masada

Masada is an ancient fortification atop a rock plateau at the edge of the Judaean Desert. Built by Herod the Great and overlooking the Dead Sea, this impressive site boasts 1,300-foot cliffs and some killer views, making it an incredibly popular tourist destination.

dead sea

1. Dead Sea

The Dead Sea has drawn visitors for millennia, and served as one of the world’s first health resorts, thanks to finding favor with King Herod and King David. The body of water sits at Israel’s border with Jordan and Palestine, and its hypersaline nature makes for a uniquely fun swimming experience–bathers will notice a feeling akin to floating. The Dead Sea also has immense restorative powers, and has been used as a source for cosmetics and other health products for years

 


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