Franciscan Order in the Holy Land
But only the Order of the Franciscans earned the right to be called the Keepers of the Holy Land, and its founder, Francis of Assisi, wore the stigmata from the…

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What to see in Israel first
Israel is a sunny country, in which I want to return again and again. This place is shrouded in a pleasant and mysterious atmosphere. Tourists who come here for the…

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Farewell to Jerusalem
Jerusalem is a holy city for the three world religions. There is no other place on earth where God is so remembered. Orthodox pilgrims from Russia in recent centuries have…

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Uri Lupolyansky

The Dead Sea

For hundreds of years, humanity has not ceased to wonder at the harsh lifelessness of this sea. This is the water basin with the highest salinity in the world – it reaches 32%. This indicator is 8 times higher than the salinity of the Atlantic Ocean, 7 times higher than the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea, 14.5 times higher than the Black Sea and 40 times higher than the Baltic Sea. This concentration of bromine, chlorine and magnesium salts makes it impossible for any plant or animal organism to exist, hence the name Dead Sea.

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This is the deepest basin, the lowest point on the surface of the globe. It is located 405 m below sea level. The amazing nature of these places has no analogues. Truly fantastic landscapes await travelers here. In the west, steep cliffs of red sandstone rise upward, yellowish limestone blocks shade their unusual color, and snow-white salt marshes dazzle under the burning sun. In the evening, golden-lilac twilight falls in the gorge, creating a magnificent background for the unique rocky landscape. Continue reading

Caesarea – the city that Herod built

We were about to meet Caesarea, an ancient port built by King Herod and now located about 40 km from Tel Aviv. As soon as you enter the territory of Caesarea National Park, it becomes clear that this is not just separate archaeological excavations, but a real city where you can walk for more than one day. No wonder tourists are offered several routes. From a very quick acquaintance for one or two hours to a long walk lasting 6 hours with an examination of the numerous historical and archaeological sights of this wonderful place.

Situated on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea from the bays between the mouths of the Crocodile Stream and the Hadera River, the city was undoubtedly once incredibly beautiful. Continue reading

Christian places Capernaum and Tabgha

One of the most important place for the Christian world in the Sea of ​​Galilee is the city of Capernaum. He is mentioned in the New Testament as the birthplace of the apostles Peter, Andrew, John and James. This city is very ancient, archaeologists are constantly working here. Some of the ancient finds are kept in many museums around the world.

Jesus came to Capernaum after leaving Nazareth. And the city became the center of the preaching work of Christ, here he performed many of his miracles: healed the mother-in-law of Peter lying in a fever, healed and called for the apostolic ministry of Matthew, healed the servant of the Roman centurion who was at death, who built a synagogue for the Jews. But despite all this, only a few believed in Jesus’ preaching. The inhabitants of Capernaum drove him out of the synagogue. For this, the city was cursed and likened to Sodom. Continue reading

Franciscan Order in the Holy Land
But only the Order of the Franciscans earned the right to be called the Keepers of the Holy Land, and its founder, Francis of Assisi, wore the stigmata from the…

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Kinneret
Tens of millions of years ago, a unique geological phenomenon occurred in nature, as a result of which the earth's crust unfolded over a distance of 6.5 thousand km and…

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Holy places of the Sea of Galilee
The Sea of ​​Galilee is Israel's largest lake. Perhaps on a global scale it is not so great, but given its importance for the country, the Israelis call it the…

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Orange tree and symbolic whale
The old part of Jaffa has been reconstructed and turned into a tourist center. Here are the workshops of artists, galleries, souvenir shops. But even after restoration, the ancient streets…

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