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Timna Park: A Desert Wonderland in Southern Israel
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Timna Park: A Desert Wonderland in Southern Israel

Timna Park: A Desert Wonderland in Southern Israel

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Timna Park is a unique and breathtaking desert park located in southern Israel. With its stunning geological formations, colorful landscapes, and rich history, Timna Park is a must-see destination for anyone visiting Israel.

Geological Wonders

One of the main attractions of Timna Park is its impressive geological formations. The park is home to a variety of unique rock formations, including the famous “Mushroom,” a towering mushroom-shaped rock that stands over 15 feet tall. Visitors can also explore the stunning “Solomon’s Pillars,” towering sandstone columns that were once believed to be the remains of an ancient temple.
Colorful Landscapes

During the springtime, Timna Park is covered in a blanket of colorful wildflowers and plants, making it a great destination for nature lovers. Visitors can take a leisurely walk through the park’s many trails, taking in the vibrant colors and breathtaking views. The park is also home to a variety of wildlife, including foxes, hyenas, and ibexes.

Rich History

Timna Park has a rich history that spans thousands of years. The park was once an important center for copper mining, and visitors can explore the many ancient mines and smelting sites that dot the landscape. The park is also home to a number of archaeological sites, including the remains of a 3,000-year-old temple and the “Egyptian Temple,” a unique structure that is believed to have been built by ancient Egyptian miners.

Activities and Amenities

Timna Park offers a variety of activities and amenities for visitors of all ages. The park has a visitors’ center where visitors can learn about the park’s history and geology, as well as a gift shop and restaurant. There are also a number of picnic areas and campsites available for those who want to spend more time in the park.

For those looking for adventure, Timna Park offers a variety of outdoor activities, including hiking, biking, and rock climbing. The park also has a lake where visitors can swim and kayak, as well as a zip-line and a ropes course for those seeking more thrills.

Getting There

Timna Park is located in southern Israel, about 17 miles north of the city of Eilat. The park is easily accessible by car or bus, and there is ample parking available on-site. Entrance fees vary depending on the season and type of activity, but are generally affordable.

Conclusion

Timna Park is a true gem in the heart of the desert, offering visitors a unique blend of natural beauty, rich history, and exciting activities. Whether you’re a nature lover, a history buff, or an adventure seeker, Timna Park is a must-see destination in Israel.

The Carmel market

The Carmel market

The Carmel Market is the largest open market in Tel Aviv and the best place to buy fresh food and wonder around. Next to the market lies the Yemenite Vineyard, a small neighborhood with charming little streets and typical Yemenite restaurants. The Carmel Market (Shuk HaCarmel) is the biggest marketplace in Tel Aviv and a fun place to visit. In the Carmel market you can find just about anything for the lowest prices in town, including different kinds of bread, olives, dried fruits, spices and so on. It is also the best place to buy fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as fish and poultry. The clothing section is located next to Allenby Street, and you can surely find there a bargain or two. Just off the Carmel Market lies one of the most special neighborhoods in Tel Aviv. It is called Yemenite Vineyard (Kerem Hateymanim), originally formed in the beginning of the 20th century by the Jewish immigrants from Yemen. The municipality started renovating this area some 15 years ago, and walking through its narrow alleys and small houses is pretty inspiring. Accept for a walk in these charming little streets, you can make a stop in one of the small neighborhood restaurants. All of them serve traditional Yemenite cuisine, spiced with Hawhyedge, the most characteristic spice in the Yemenite kitchen. The neighborhood is located very close to the sea, so it can be a good stop on your way to or from the beach. Hotel Metropolitan at 11 Trumpeldor St. is just few minutes walk from the Carmel Market to the north. It is an affordable yet elegant lodging option next to the beach and the city center. Another nice hotel in this area is Sun City hotel at 9 Trumpeldor St., which is very well kept and quite intimate. It has a great location - next to the city's lively markets and shopping areas, and only 500 meters from the Mediterranean. Galileo Hotel, located in the heart of the Yemenite Quarter, one of Tel Aviv's first neighborhoods, is a picturesque hotel which will provide you with all the facilities of a budget accommodation in the best location. It is easy to find your way around the Carmel Market area using public transportation, because most buses have stops in the central Allenby Street. It is also located right off Shenkin St., which is another landmark you mustn't miss on your Tel Aviv visit.

Timna Park: A Desert Wonderland in Southern Israel Timna Park: A Desert Wonderland in Southern Israel

Hurva Synagogue in Jerusalem's Old City

The Hurva Synagogue is located in the Jewish Quarter in Jerusalem's Old City. The synagogue was built in the 18th century, and has gone through many upheavals: It was destroyed by Muslims, rebuilt in the 19th century, destroyed again, and in 1948 - after the Old City was occupied - it was renovated yet again, and it was reopened in March 2010. A sound and light show is screened on the structure's eastern wall, surveying the synagogue's 800-year history (the show is presented free of charge in the evening hours). The Hurva Synagogue is named after Rabbi Yehuda he-Hasid, who headed Poland's Jewish community in the 18th century. Rabbi Yehuda he-Hasid immigrated to the land of Israel, with his students, some 300 years ago, to advance the Messianic Era. The rabbi and his students bought an abandoned plot on which to build a synagogue, financed by loans which they used to pay the landowners. Rabbi Yehuda he-Hasid died just days after an acquisition agreement was reached; his students remained a flock without a shepherd, but were able to raise funds from the Diaspora and take out loans from local Arab residents in order to continue the plan to construct a splendid synagogue. After some twenty years, Muslims set the synagogue and the Torah scrolls in it ablaze, claiming that they were not paid what they had been owed, and that the place had become The Ruin of Yehuda he-Hasid. Because of the debt, the Ashkenazi Jews were expelled from Jerusalem and those who wanted to enter the city had to disguise themselves as Sephardic Jews - in dress and style - so as not to be identified. After 140 years, during Turkish rule, the decree against Ashkenazi Jews was reversed and construction of the synagogue was renewed, funded by Moses Montefiore and Baron Alphonse, a brother of Baron Edmond Benjamin James de Rothschild. The structure of the splendid synagogue was planned in the neo-Byzantine style, which characterized many houses of worship throughout the Ottoman Empire and included four square towers with four 16-meters arches between them. Over the arches rose a large, spectacular dome. The synagogue became a spiritual center in Jerusalem's Old City, until the 1948 War of Independence. During the war, the synagogue was bombed, the structure collapsed and was destroyed, and only two pillars remained standing. After the 1967 Six Day War, as part of renovation activities in the Jewish Quarter, wide-spread construction work commenced, alongside archaeological digs in which artifacts from different eras were discovered, including: Mikvehs (ritual baths) from the time of the Second Temple and a street from the Byzantine Period, which are displayed in the synagogue basement. The synagogue was inaugurated and reopened on March 15, 2010.

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

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