JERUSALEM: THE HEART OF THE HOLY LAND
For all its fame, Jerusalem is a small town, with many faces and weighed down with history. It offers an enormous amount to see, whether visitors are interested in ancient history, religion or contemporary politics.
BETHLEHEM: THE CITY OF THE NATIVITY
Known as the little town where Jesus Christ was born, is a spiritual center for all Christians and for humanity at large. Many sacred Christian sites, churches, and monasteries are located in the region.
JERICHO: THE OLDEST & LOWEST CITY IN THE WORLD
Jericho contains some of the world’s most important historic sites and is frequently mentioned in the Bible. Jericho’s moderate climate makes it a favorable winter resort.
RAMALLAH: THE CITY OF CULTURE, LEISURE & GASTRONOMY
With its lively town center, museums, art galleries, theaters, parks, a booming restaurant scene and a bustling nightlife, Ramallah is a fast growing cosmopolitan town.
NABLUS: THE UNCROWNED QUEEN OF PALESTINE
Nablus is one of the major commercial, industrial and agricultural centers in the West Bank and many historical sites are located in the region. Nablus is also renowned
for its talented goldsmiths and its tasty oriental pastery.
JENIN & THE NORTH: THE GARDEN SPRING
Jenin is a picturesque region lying on hills overlooking the biblical Jerzeel Valley. It is a distinguished agricultural region, producing an abundance of fruits and vegetables.
HEBRON: THE CITY OF THE PATRIARCHS
Hebron is closely identified with Abraham and is regarded as holy by Christians, Moslems and Jews.
THE DEAD SEA: THE LOWEST POINT ON EARTH
At about 417m below sea level lies the Dead Sea, making it the lowest point on Earth and the world’s largest natural spa, with breathtakingly beautiful landscapes and extraordinary zoological and botanical riches.
The Holy Land
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Holy Land (Hebrew: אֶרֶץ הַקוֹדֵשׁ Eretz HaQodesh, Arabic: الأرض المقدسة Al-Arḍ Al-Muqaddasah) is a term which in Judaism refers to the Land of Israel. Jews as well as non-Jews have traditionally referred to this area as "Palestine", as in the 1759 map (attached) which calls it "The Holy Land, or Palestine ... (with) the Ancient Kingdoms of Judah and Israel in which the 12 Tribes have been distinguished"
The term is also used by Muslims and Christians to refer to the area between the Jordan River and Mediterranean Sea i.e. it includes modern Palestine as well as Israel.
Part of the significance of the land stems from the religious significance of Jerusalem, the holiest city to Judaism, the historical region of Jesus's ministry, and the Isra and Mi'raj event in Islam. The perceived holiness of the land to Christianity was part of the motivation for the Crusades, as European Christians sought to win the Holy Land back from the Muslim Suljuq Turks. They had taken it over after defeating the Muslim Arabs, who had in turn taken control from the Christian Byzantine Empire.
Many sites in the Holy Land have long been pilgrimage destinations for adherents of the Abrahamic religions, including Jews, Christians, Muslims, and Bahá'ís. Pilgrims visit the Holy Land to touch and see physical manifestations of their faith, confirm their beliefs in the holy context with collective excitation, and connect personally to the Holy Land.