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Top 10 Sites in Israel

The Holy land has a long and rich history (a brief review is presented here). It is also a Holy Land to the three major monotheistic religions – Judaism, Christianity and Islam. And their very holiest sites are just 500 m apart!. Un doubtfully the top three most important sites to visit in Israel are the “Holy trinity”, all located in the old city of Jerusalem:

The Western Wall

western wall


The Church of the Holy Sepulchre

holy sepulchre Jerusalem Tour


The Dome of the Rock

tour to the tmeple mount


Masada

tour to masada


Yad Vashem

yad vashem sculpture tour


Independence Hall

Independence hall israel


City of David

city of David


Capernaum

tour to capernaum


Mount Bental

golan heights bental


Israel Museum

tour to the Israel Museum

 

5000 Years in 5 Minutes, part 5: Modern Times

Modern Times Only in the 20th century the Holy land will change religious hands again. During the First World War the British respond to a Turkish attempt to conquer the Suez Canal, and conquer the Holy land. They rule mostly over Muslim population, but also over an old\ new rising ethnic factor – the Jews.. Remember the Jews?? 90 generations after they were expelled from Jerusalem, in the 19th century they start coming back, motivated to recreate Jewish life here in the Holy land. The Muslims oppose to this and set occasional pogroms against the Jews and riots against the

5000 Years in 5 Minutes, part 4: The Crusades and the Islamic Periods

The Crusades and Islamic Periods In 638 CE the Muslims forces led by Omar Ibn el-Khatab will enter Jerusalem and conquor it without real battle. The Temple Mount where the Jewish Temple once stood will be rebranded by Islam as the place where Muhammad ascended to heaven to get the prayers of Islam, and by 691 CE an octagonal shrine will be built at the center of the Temple Mount – The Dome of the Rock. The Holy Land will will be controlled by various Muslim regimes, but in the 12th century Christians will reign again over the Holy land –

5000 Years in 5 Minutes, Part 3: Roman and Byzantine Periods

Roman and Byzantine Periods After the conquest of Jerusalem by the Romans, they changed its name to AELIA CAPITOLINA, and the name of the province to PROVINCIA SYRIA PALAESTINA. The Holy Land became very pagan, and pagan cities enjoyed massive Roman Imperial support. But in the 4th century the Roman Empire goes through an amazing process and what began as a Jewish Sect in Judaea, becomes the official religion of the whole Roman empire (!). The Holy Land enjoys much development. Its population grows, and sites related to Jesus and the New Testament attract many Christian pilgrims from all over the

5000 Years in 5 Minutes, Part 2: The Second Temple Period

The Second Temple Period Despite the trauma and exile to Babylon the Jewish people kept their identity and culture, and 70 years later, when the opportunity was given to return to the Land of Zion, they came back. This movement, called “return to Zion” is recorded in the last books of the Bible (Ezra and Nehemiah), and in modern times the Jewish movement for returning to Zion will take same name – “Zionism“. The Jews rebuilt Jerusalem and its temple, and over the next centuries they will thrive. In the second century BCE they successfully rebelled against the Seleucid Greeks

5000 Years in 5 Minutes, Part 1: Canaanite and Israelite Periods

The history of the Holy Land can be divided into 5 main periods, and an introduction would be quite beneficial before touring Israel. Being so, here is a brief historical review, in my own words, in chronological order –  Canaanite and Israelite Periods 5000 years ago the geo-political situation in the Holy Land was of city-states (like the Greek Polis, later in Aegean world). Every city controlled a certain territory, and cities would sometimes collaborate, and some times would fight each other. Archaeologists call this period “The Bronze Age“, because of the use of that metal in that period; The Bible