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Major archaeological discoveries in Israel

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Israel has a rich history, and as a result, there have been many significant archaeological discoveries in the country over the years. Some of the most notable include:

The Dead Sea Scrolls:

Discovered in the 1940s, these ancient Jewish texts include some of the oldest known copies of the Hebrew Bible. More about Dead Sea Scrolls >>

The City of David:

Located in Jerusalem, this ancient city dates back to the time of King David and has been the subject of many excavations over the years. More about City of David >>

The Masada fortress:

A palace-fortress built by king Herod in the 1st century BCE, an ancient fortification in the Southern District of Israel, on top of an isolated rock plateau.

The Tel Megiddo:

Also known as Armageddon, the site has been excavated since the early 20th century, revealing the remains of many ancient cities built one atop the other.


A port built by King Herod in the 1st century BCE, Caesarea has yielded a wealth of artifacts and architectural remains, including an ancient theater and a restored Roman aqueduct.

The Herodian Quarter of Jerusalem:

This area in the Jewish Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem was first excavated in the 1970s and has since revealed a wealth of remains from the time of King Herod, including a palace, a market, and an extensive system of underground tunnels.

These are some of the major ones but many other sites have been excavated in the area and many more yet to be discovered.

The Baha'i gardens in Haifa

The Baha'i gardens in Haifa

The Baha'i gardens in Haifa are made up of nineteen tiered gardens (terraces) starting at the top of Mount Carmel and ending at its foot. The central axis around which the gardens were designed points towards Acre, a city of great historical and religious significance for the Bahá'ís. In the heart of the gardens stands the temple of the Báb with its golden dome, the resting place of the prophet-forerunner of the Bahá'í religion. The different parts of the gardens offer a variety of views and sensations, but all are united by a common language of gravel paths, designed shrubs and flower beds, which are nurtured and cared for by a dedicated team of gardeners. From the gardens there is a spectacular panoramic view of the city, the Galilee mountains and the Mediterranean Sea. The Bahá'í Gardens are religious sites open to the general public free of charge. As is customary on sites of this type, visitors are asked to dress in modest clothing that covers the shoulders and reaches to the knees and without tears, to help keep the site clean and beautiful, and to behave in a manner that considers the sensitivities of others. Dress Code: Please wear clothes that cover the shoulders and reach to the knees and without tears. Due to the cobblestone paths and sidewalks that can be slippery, we recommend wearing comfortable shoes with good grip. In the summer months, we recommend wearing a hat and applying sunscreen. Photography is allowed, except inside the temples. Food and drinks Visitors are encouraged to bring bottles of water with them. Drinking other beverages, eating food, chewing gum, and smoking are prohibited in the gardens. Main entrance Sderot Zion 80 048313131

A Unique Experience: Bird Migration in Israel

A Unique Experience: Bird Migration in Israel

Every year, hundreds of millions of birds migrate from their breeding grounds in Europe and Asia to the warmer climates of Africa and the Middle East. One of the best places to witness this incredible phenomenon is Israel, where the birds travel through the country on their way south. For any birding enthusiast, a trip to Israel is a must-see experience! The Best Time To View The Birds The best time to see bird migration in Israel is during the fall months, when most of the birds are making their way south for winter. It’s not uncommon to see large flocks of thousands of birds at once, soaring over mountains and valleys as they make their journey south. There are also plenty of opportunities to observe different types of birds as they pass through – from small songbirds, to large raptors like eagles and vultures. Where To Watch The Birds There are several great locations throughout Israel that offer amazing views of migrating birds. One popular spot is Ma'agan Michael, which is a national park located near Haifa on Israel’s northern coast. Here you can get an up close view of thousands upon thousands of seabirds flying overhead – a truly unforgettable sight! Another great spot is Kibbutz Yotvata, which offers stunning views over the Negev desert below. It’s one of the few places in southern Israel where you can easily spot both resident and migrant bird species as they pass through on their way south. Conclusion: Bird migration in Israel offers an unparalleled opportunity for birders and nature lovers alike! Whether you want to get up close and personal with seabirds or watch raptors soar high above the desert plains, there are plenty of amazing spots throughout Israel that offer breathtaking views of these majestic creatures during their annual migration southward each fall. With so many great locations offering stunning vantage points, it's no wonder that birding enthusiasts flock (pun intended) to experience this incredible event firsthand every year! So what are you waiting for? Grab your binoculars and head out for an unforgettable adventure – you won't regret it!

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Time Elevator, Jerusalem

The Time Elevator takes visitors on a fascinating, historical journey over 3,000 years, telling the story of the city of Jerusalem. Haim Topol, who starred in Fiddler on the Roof, is our tour guide, leading us between collapsing ceilings, water hoses and other special effects that enhance the experience and the unforgettable journey to historical Jerusalem: From the City of David through the 1967 War. With an exciting original film written by historians and archeologists, featuring special effects, viewers can enjoy a fascinating journey to the most dramatic moments in Jerusalem's history. Visitors meet the Prophet Jeremiah, confront King Zedekiah and relive the destruction of the First and Second Temples. The audience goes through the Roman occupation of Jerusalem, the birth of Christianity, the rise of Islam, hundreds of years of occupation in the Holy Land and the drama of the establishment of the State of Israel. Visitors are provided with surround sound headphones and may choose to listen to the show in English, Russian, French, Spanish, German, Mandarin, Italian or Hebrew. A visit to the Time Elevator has become an important and essential part of each visit to Jerusalem. The Human Body: This exhibit reveals the secrets of the most sophisticated machine that man did not design: the human body itself. In what way do we breathe? How do we perceive information? How do we digest? The answers to these questions will be revealed to you by stunning and accurate 3D simulations of the ear, brain, muscles, lungs, and even the womb as we journey through these structures. It is made possible by "Info", a futuristic robot-capsule that guides the journey and provides its own unique perspective on the body's activities. The Auschwitz camp in Birkenau is being toured using virtual reality using 3D glasses (VR) for the first time in Israel. Take part in an exciting, thrilling and unusual three-dimensional experience in Poland - without leaving Israel, while making an intergenerational historical connection. An experienced guide will accompany you on a 65-minute virtual reality (VR) tour. On the tour, Rabbi Israel Goldwasser, a leading Holocaust researcher and lecturer, will accompany you. Admission is limited to those aged 15 and older. Presented in languages: Hebrew, English.

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