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Ancient Synagogue of Hammat
Monastery and Church of the Apostles
Old City Walls & Castle
Tomb of Rabbi Akiva
St Peters Church
Tomb of Rabbi Moshe Ben-Maimon & Rabbi Yohanan Ben-Zakkai.
I have to admit I didnt go or see any of these places! Just thought I would let you know they were there.
Basilica of the Annunciation
Its now a big, mainly Arab town with many Christian Shrines and Churches.
The present building was built in 1969, this replaced an 18th century church. It is thought that this is the site of Marys house.
There are two churches within the site as well as many ruin remains, mosaics, murals
Admission is Free, unless you go on an organised trip be aware it is closed from 11.45 - 14:00 for lunch
I came here on my own from the Kibbutz one day. Got here & found the Basillica of the Announciation closed for lunch, so after a wander went to a local cafe to wait & bumped in to a Danish friend who worked on a nearby Moshav! Small world
I had no burning desire to visit Nazareth, but I had a spare day before leaving Israel. To be honest I wish I had not bothered, I cant put my finger on it but I felt very uncomfortable in the town & was quite disappointed with the Church of the Annunciation. I was glad to leave. Its very unusual for me to feel so down on a place with no good reason.
Nice to see Danish Peder though! (~_~)
The Hula Reserve is the most northern place wild Papyrus grows. It is a great place for tweeters as it is a migratory stopover for birds from Asia, Northern and Easter Europe.
BaHa'i Shrine Gardens & Views
Baha'u'llah founded the off shot of Islam faith in 1844, he was a Muslim Mystic. Their belief is that prophets will continue to come & teach us as they have done through history.
Prophets of the BaHa'i Faith include Moses, Jesus, Mohammed, Zoroaster, Baha'u'llah and even Buddha.
As well as the Shrine, there are also some beautiful Gardens to wander around, relax in and admire the Haifa views.
It is Israels main port and also the centre point in the Baha'i Religion.
There are some nice beaches here & its a good base for exploring the North Israel Coast, such as Akko (Acre) Rosh Hanikra (Rosh HaNiqr), as we did.
Places to visit here include:
Carmel National Park
National Museum of Science & Technology
Biet HaGafen Arab-Israeli Cultural Centre
Chagali Artists House
Tikotin Museum Of Japanese art
To name a few!. There should be something here to keep everyone happy. (~_~)
The BaHa'i Shrine on Mount Carmel is beautiful, with commanding views over Haifa and the coast. It is the most noticable land mark in Haifa.
Helen & I walked up to the Shrine (Haifa is VERY hilly), Very hot day so stupidly we wore shorts. Got to the Shrine & understandably they would not let us in, having both forgotten to bring skirts & Helen refusing to return later suitably dressed. We went around the corner & pulled our shorts down as far was we decently could making sure our t-shirts were still just covering the tops of our shorts. By this time we were covered to just above the knee.
What we had not realised was, the guards had been watching our fiasco & when we returned to the entrance they were in stitches, as were we by this time.
Consequently they still did not let us in, but it was very amusing.
More about Haifa in my HAIFA Pages
The rolling hills of the Galilee build themselves up to the mountainous peaks of the Golan Heights. Horse riding, hiking, skiing, mountain biking, rafting, canoing are some of the activites which can be enjoyed in this area.
Its best to do off the road activites with an organised group, as some areas have still not been cleared from recent wars & disputes.
The Dead Sea is now big business with spas, health centres, and hotels opening up along the shores, also many health and beauty products are now made and exported with minerals from the Dead Sea.
The Dead Sea is much smaller than it used to be, mainly due to Israel & Jordan introducing a water carrier system, now 90 km long it used to be 115 km in length.
En Gedi Waterfall
Spashing around in the water falls is a welcome relief from the heat of the Dead Sea area.
En Gedi translates as "Spring of the Kid". Not only is there a nature reserve there, but also beaches, which belong to a local kibbutz, vegetarian restaurant and a Spa.
It is a huge flatish plateu area on the top, depending on your level of archeological interest one could have hours of fun up here.
Sun Rise on Masada
We did not have an amazing sunrise, but it was still definately worth the hike up to see it.
It was so peaceful & quiet.
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