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The Dead Sea

The Dead Sea

Deadsea travel guide

The Dead Sea is unlike any other place in the world. It is one of the main attractions for tourists visiting the Israel, and for many good reasons. Thanks to the climate and the mineral qualities of the area, it holds a variety of therapeutic qualities and offers many beauty treatments and body massages you only have to choose from while visiting.

At minus 416 meters below sea level, the Dead Sea is the lowest place on earth. It is a very sunny area, with 330 days of sun a year and a miraculously dry air, unpolluted so it can purify respiratory systems. The sea itself is the only un-drownable lake on earth, and the sensation of floating in reading position in the salty water is one of the unique pleasures travelers from all around the world come to the Dead Sea for.

Because of its therapeutic qualities, the Dead Sea is the ultimate Spa destination. An assortment of mineral waters of various qualities is used for therapeutic and cosmetic treatments, and the mineral-rich springs rise from deep down into little ponds along the shores. The well-known natural black mud is another famous Dead Sea feature, which improves blood circulation and relieves tensions of mind and muscle. The outdoor activity of getting covered by mud is one that a visitor to the Dead Sea should not miss.

Besides being a relaxing resort, the Dead Sea is also a fascinating and lively location with many attractions for more active travelers. These include the Qumran National Park, with its ancient caves on the northern shores where the famous Dead Sea Scrolls, the oldest biblical documents known to men, were found. The Ein Gedi Botanical Gardens offer a fun trip for flora lovers, with more than 1000 species of plants from around the world. The Ein Gedi Nature Reserve is another great place for visitors to view some bird sanctuaries and wildlife of the desert. The Arugut reserve, with its series of shallow pools, perfect for bathing, is another popular destination for a short trip, and the Zohar Fortress and Canyon, a canyon in white soft limestone, is also worth a stop.

There are many other routes and small trips to take while visiting the Dead Sea. You can easily find useful information in the tourists Information center in Ein Bokek center, where most of the area’s hotels are located and few restaurants and shops can be found as well.

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Welcome to the Dead Sea

Welcome to the Dead Sea

Scientists are still puzzling over the geological factors that created the remarkable body of water known as the Dead Sea, which lies further beneath sea level than any other spot on earth. For visitors, there is no mystery. This extremely dense and saline sea, which has a far greater concentration of minerals than any of the oceans, and is unable to support any life form, is the source of life-giving properties to all who choose to bathe in it. Floating on the sea is not just fun, it relaxes the body and does the skin and the joints a world of good. The therapeutic black mud, found exclusively on the shores of the Dead Sea,does wonders for everyone's complexion. The Judean Desert has always attracted people seeking spiritual refuge from the world. The archeological discoveries at nearby Qumran, where the 2,000 year old Dead Sea Scrolls were discoverd in ancient pottery jars, show us how the Essenes created their unique settlements deep in the heart of the desert. Visit The Ein Gedi and Kalia Kibbutzim for an Ideal family visit and an Israeli cultural experience. http://www.inisrael.com/tour/dead/index.html

Dead Sea scrolls and Qumran

Dead Sea scrolls and Qumran

The Qumran Ruin is a complex of structures located in the Yehuda Desert on the verge of the Dead Sea. It can be found on a barren terrace between the Dead Sea and the cliffs where the long-untouched Qumran Caves reside. The Qumran Ruin is located just next to the northwestern shore of the Dead Sea, some 1300 feet below sea level and several kilometers south of Jericho, and is one of the main tourist attractions in the Dead Sea area. The design of the Qumran ruin is unique, with many large halls that used to serve public functions, and a relatively small number of living quarters. The main structure used to have several rooms arranged around a central courtyard. Additional building complexes, to the south and east of the main building, have contained long halls, rooms and ritual baths. A large number of mikva'ot (ritual baths) were found throughout the site, as was typical of public and private buildings in Jerusalem in the Second Temple period. Beside the spectacular archeological value of these ancient ruins, Qumran is best known as the nearest settlement to the burial place of the Dead Sea Scrolls. The Dead Sea scrolls were discovered between 1947 and 1956 in eleven caves around the area, and have been considered to be the greatest manuscript discovery of modern times. The scrolls consist of about 825 to 870 separate documents of great religious and historical importance that include the only known existing copies of Biblical documents created before 100 AD. The Dead Sea Scrolls were most likely written by the Essenes, a strict Torah observant, Messianic, new covenant Jewish sect during the period lasting from about 200 B.C. to 68 A.D. They enhance our knowledge of both Judaism and Christianity, and represent a non-rabbinic form of Judaism alongside a wealth of comparative materials for New Testament scholars. Visiting the Qumran National Park is an exciting and inspiring experience. The most important findings in the area are the ones from the end of the Second Temple period and from the Bar-Kochva rebellion era. It is possible to see the cave in which the Dead Sea Scrolls were found, and other structures that were excavated nearby. An audio-visual presentation tells the story of the site and the people who used to live here. In addition, it is possible to take a short walk up the Qumran canyon, in a nice desert surrounding, and appreciate the one-of-a-kind surrounding of the lowest place on earth.

Ein Gedi

Ein Gedi

The Kibbutz Ein Gedi Country Lodging is located in a peaceful and beautiful location in the Judean Desert overlooking the Dead Sea and only 5 minute’s Drive from the Dead Sea shores. Just enjoy the lowest place on earth . An oasis in the middle of the desert, whose beauty exudes vibrant hues of blue, green, yellow and red a peaceful and small slice of heaven, encompassing treasures created by members of the kibbutz community with only a magical paradise in mind. A visit to Kibbutz Ein Gedi Dead Sea Country immediately instills peace and tranquility to any visitor. The Botanical Garden displays an abundance of flora whilst caressing the shores of the salty dead sea, entrapping a festival of light and color and encouraging the visitor's senses to actually sharpen. Archaeological treasures surround Ein Gedi almost as protection. north the Qumran Caves where the Dead Sea scrolls were discovered. In The south is 'Massada' a fascinating cultural treasure and a symbol of heroism for the Jewish people, and to the Right on the doorstep the Byzantine Synagogue boasting an undamaged beautiful mosaic floor with inscriptions relating to the people of the period. Our Air is pollution free, Over 330 sunny days annually, dry, high oxygen levels, low UV rays all add up to “HEALTH” 420 meters below sea level, Ein Gedi Dead Sea captures the sense of serenity and encourages the visitor to simply relax and enjoy. A real recipe for well-being. Despite the dry atmosphere water is a major element in this small corner of the globe. Nature Reserves with gushing waterfalls the you can visit, Ein Gedi Dead Sea Spa with natural, hot, sulphur water pools and, of course, the Dead Sea. Three totally different types of water, three different forms of enjoyment and three different health aspects.

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