- Tourism in Israel
Israelincludes a rich variety of historical and religious sites in the Holy Land, as well as modern beach resorts, archaeological tourism, heritage tourismand ecotourism. Israel has the highest number of museums per capital in the world. In 2007, the country had over 2.3 million international tourist arrivals. [citeweb | url=http://www.haaretz.co.il/hasen/spages/946886.html| title=The tourists are coming | publisher= Haaretz| accessdate=2008-01-23] The largest groups of tourists visit from the United States, Russia, France, and the United Kingdom. [http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3557251,00.html]
Historical, religious and cultural sites
* The largest city of the modern State of Israel. The holiest city in
Judaism, the ancient capital of the United Monarchyand then of the Kingdom of Judah. The site of the Temples in Jerusalem. See Western Wall
* The four quarters of the Old City
* The site of some of Jesus's teaching and
entombment; Christians believe he was crucifiedon a nearby hill, Golgotha.
Islam). Dome of the Rock, Al-Aqsa Mosque
City of David, including Hezekiah's Tunnel
List of places in Jerusalem
Hermonmountain. Skiing during the winter.
* Archaeology in
Katzrin, Gamla, Nimrod Fortress, Gilgal Refaim
* A holy city in Judaism, where much of the
Jerusalem Talmudwas written and kabbalah(Jewish mysticism) was developed. Famous for its artisans.
* A holy city in Judaism, on west bank of the freshwater
Sea of Gallilee.
Saint Peter’s house and the Mount of Beatitudes.
* Jesus's hometown and site of many of his acts and miracles
* One of the largest
archaeologicalsites in the Middle East.
metropolitan areawith more than three million inhabitants. The coastal city is Israel's cosmopolitan and financial capital.
* Burial place of the matriarch
Racheland birthplace of King David.
* Birthplace of Jesus
* The second-holiest city in Judaism and the place where the Tomb of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs is located. According to Jewish tradition, this is the burial place of the great patriarchs (
Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob) and matriarchs ( Sarah, Rebecca, and Leah). The capital of the Kingdom of Israel before Davidmoved it to Jerusalem.
* Masada became famous for its significance in the
First Jewish-Roman War(Great Jewish Revolt), when a siege of the fortress by troops of the Roman Empire led to a mass suicide of the site's Jewish defenders when defeat became imminent.
* Its settlement attributed to the patriarch
Abraham. Regional capital of the Negevdesert.
* Southernmost city. Year-round vacation destination.
* A network of once Socialist communes which dot the countryside. They are currently undergoing a process of modernization and re-organization. Well known in Israel for great contributions to Israeli history, politics, army, and
* The old city includes Roman and Crusader ruins, such as the amphitheatre (where concerts are frequently held), as well as the harbor from which St. Paul was taken as a prisoner to Rome.
* The grassy golf club and villas are newly developed in this coastal city, which has become increasing popular to tourists.
* Desert spring.
Seas and lakes
* Sunny beaches and hotel resorts;The Dead Sea
* The lowest point on the Earth's surface and the deepest hypersaline lake in the world, famous for its buoyancy and medicinal qualities;
* Sunny beaches and hotel resorts;
Sea of Galilee
* Sunny beaches and hotel resorts
Christianholy sites such as Mount of Beatitudes
* [http://www.tourism.gov.il/Tourism_Euk Ministry of Tourism] en icon
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