Haifa: welcome to God's vineyards
How rapidly the landscape outside the bus window is changing - the Negev desert dotted with "moon craters", the hills and valleys of the Galilee, Mediterranean beaches, caves, gorges, serpentines…

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Nazareth. Church Synagogue
Note: Visiting this Christian shrine is not included in all excursion routes. But it always follows after a visit to the Church of the Annunciation. Therefore, I consider it appropriate…

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Blink. Church of St. Mary Magdalene
Josephus calls the settlement Tarihei. It is Magdala or Migdal, most likely due to the presence in the settlement of a fortress-tower ("Migdal" in Hebrew - "tower"), in which there…

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confirmation of your intentions

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 wounds of Jesus on his body …

The stay of the Franciscans in the Holy Land has a long history, but the planned construction of the Order of churches in places revered by tradition, began only in the twentieth century and the construction of most of them is associated with the activities of the outstanding Italian architect Antonio Barluzzi.

Antonio Barluzzi (1884 – 1960) came from a deeply religious Catholic family, hereditary ties associated with the service in the Vatican. After graduating from the School of Engineering of the University of Rome, he, along with his brother Giulio, was invited in 1912 to work in Jerusalem to design an Italian hospital. With the outbreak of World War I, a military engineer, Lieutenant Antonio Barluzzi, was sent to the Palestinian Expeditionary Force. Continue reading

Jerusalem. Yad Vashem Memorial

A visit to the Yad Vashem Memorial does not require a preface. The theme is clear without it. The Nazi crimes during the Second World War, one way or another affected the fate of all the families of Jews in Europe. Where, if not in the Jewish state of Israel, is it intended to settle down to such a center, a complex of institutions that have gathered so much information about the phenomenon called the Holocaust!

I think that there is no Israeli citizen who would not be here, like there is not a single tourist group whose route would pass the Memorial. It is clear that in one visit it is impossible to cover this “block”, we will visit only a few places in the complex, but I will try to choose the most impressive of them. 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

The country promised
Deserts make up most of Israel, but witty people call their state the land of four seas. Why go to Israel is a rhetorical question: everyone is looking for his…

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Eilat - from the point of view of a woman
Winter is already at hand, but I still want to lie on the beach under the gentle southern sun. Where then to go? If for you, King Solomon and Queen…

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Israel is an alien and so dear!
For most of the year, people living in Russia dream or plan their trip to the sea. And where is it all year round, at least warm, and often just…

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Saturday transport appeared in Tel Aviv
In Tel Aviv, six free bus routes have been launched that operate on Shabbat - Jewish Saturday, when regular city transport does not go. The demand in the first weeks…

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