Travel highlights Israel
Old City of Jerusalem
The Old City of Jerusalem is at the heart of three major religions: Judaism, Islam, and Christianity. It is the site where King Solomon built his Holy Temple, Muhammad ascended to heaven, and Jesus was crucified. Throughout history, Jerusalem has been destroyed twice, besieged 23 times, and captured and recaptured 44 times. Ancient structures characterize the Old City that feels as though it hasn’t changed in centuries.
The lowest point on earth, the Dead Sea, is found in Israel. It is almost 10 times saltier than the ocean, making it inhospitable to fish or plants, hence its name. This hypersaline water has been recognized for its therapeutic benefits for millennia. Visitors can enjoy floating in the water and mineral mud baths.
Tel Aviv is the financial capital of Israel. The White City, known for its Bauhaus architecture, is a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. It is a distinctly modern city in a country with an ancient history, where nightclubs, beaches, and hi-tech startups can be found in abundance.
Mount Masada, near the Dead Sea, is the site of a Jewish rebellion almost 2000 years ago. It has become a symbol of strength for the Jewish people, who sought refuge there after the destruction of the First Holy Temple in 70 C.E. The Romans breached their defenses after three years, only to find that all the Jews had committed suicide rather than be captured. Today it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a gorgeous view over the Dead Sea.