Southern District Travel Guide

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Eilat

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386,1148,58

Masada

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144,523,0

Beersheba

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68,292,3

Arad

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207,568,7

`En Gedi

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94,328,0

Mizpe Ramon

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68,295,2

Yeroham

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14,98,0

`En Kerem

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39,160,0

`En Boqeq

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72,212,0

Bet Guvrin

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30,161,0

Sedom

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23,38,0

Horbat Timna`

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20,87,0

Dimona

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9,14,0

Sede Boqer

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15,47,0

Qiryat Gat

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4,12,0

Kefar Menahem

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1,1,0

Ashqelon

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9,23,0

Segula

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3,6,0

Horvot Mezada

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4,7,0

Horvot `Avedat

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43,164,0

Urim

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2,8,0

Ruhama

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4,9,0

Horbat Mamshit

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12,59,0

Yotvata

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6,37,0

Tel Be'er Sheva`

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0,1,0

Revivim

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8,29,0

Hazerim

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1,9,0

Amazya

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0,3,0

Paran

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1,4,0

Dead Sea

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3,27,0

Tel Lakhish

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1,6,0

Tel `Arad

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9,33,0

Nir Yizhaq

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3,1,0

Newe Zohar

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1,4,0

Lahav

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3,6,0

Horvot Shivta

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0,29,0

Gal'on

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1,0,0

`En Yahav

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2,6,0

`Ir Ovot

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0,16,0

Eilat

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  • Underwater Observatory Marin Park

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Eilat Things to Do

    Wanted to show some photos of this wonderful spot in Eilat, but my photos did not come out in a presentable form. The photo here I found on the internet at http://www.israeltripplanner.com/eilat/eilat-attractions/underwater-observatory-marine-park But I will direct you to their website - http://www.coralworld.com/eilat/eng/. This is one of the...

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  • Dan Panorama Eilat

    Eilat Hotels

    The Dan Hotel in Eilat is probably one of the best hotel of the city. While being there for the...

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  • The Red Sea Star

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Eilat Restaurants

    First, no one was at the door to greet us...we had to find our own way to the tables (3 stair levels down). No body was in the restaurant (first tip we should have taken to walk out). We ordered tap water (tourists aren't made of money..tap water = free)...but they didn't have tap water (how?!)...so they MADE us buy mineral water. Everything we...

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Masada

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  • Michele (jadedmuse) visits Masada

    Masada Things to Do

    We took Michele (jadedmuse) and David to visit what may be the most famous site in Israel after the Western Wall (wailing wall) in Jerusalem.The first picture shows Michele (very pregnant) taking one of many photos on Masada.The second picture shows us on the stairs that descend into the largest of the many cisterns used to store water to sustain...

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  • Food court at museum complex

    Masada Restaurants

    Friendly old man at parking place, who just inspected our boot, welcomed us in Russian with strong Odessa accent. "You can visit museum and then you can eat something. We have very good restaurants and even a MacDonalds. But this is only if you want to. Nobody will force you.":-) Who have been to Odessa will understand me!

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  • Valley floor fortifications

    Masada Things to Do

    What makes the achievements of Masada even more extraordinary is that the horst was completely surrounded by walls on the valley floor.Northing remains of the walls themselves, but what becomes very apparent from the cable car and view points at the top are the foundations of the supporting tours. Foundations of some seven towers/encampments can be...

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Beersheba

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  • Excellent service and food at The...

    Beersheba Restaurants

    Sitting on the corner of Histadrut street just off Smilanski, the exterior is not imposing, but you walk up a few steps at the entrance and find yourself presented with a glass of wine before you are seated. The interior is almost pure white, the walls, drapes, tables and chairs, with touches of color here and there, a very relaxing atmosphere with...

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  • Golden Tulip Negev

    Beersheba Hotels

    I spent 2 days in Beer Sheba (a professional meeting) and stayed overnight in the Golden Tulip...

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  • Israeli Air Force Museum

    Beersheba Things to Do

    To the north of the city, at Hatzerim Air Base, there is one of the most famous aircraft museums in the world: The Israeli Air Force museum. Here, preserved by the dry desert air, are aircraft from Israel's entire history. And that history is an eventful one. Not only has the IAF operated planes from nearly every major Western power, it has also...

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Arad

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  • Nahal Asheliem (Oct 2004) - navigating...

    Arad Off The Beaten Path

    This is very near the start of the canyon entrance and already you have to begin climbing over the rocks to navigate your way into it...as you progress the way becomes much smaller, higher and thinner with also less rocks and boulders in your way because of the swift rain waters that flow through here and sweep them away, depositing them near the...

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  • Moriah Classic Hotel Dead Sea

    Arad Hotels

    Mobile Post Dead Sea, Arad, 86910, Israel

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Nahal Asheliem (Oct 2004) - coming up

    Arad Off The Beaten Path

    Hilla and friend are beginning to get the idea that this hike may not be as simple as it looks on the map.. you can see one of the many boulders that are wedged in the narrower parts of the canyon that you have to haul yourself over.Sorry, this photo has been removed at the request of a friend.

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`En Gedi

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  • Animal Life

    `En Gedi Things to Do

    You will be surprised to see so many animals roaming the area and not being disturbed by the visitors. I saw many Hyrax and Ibex in the park. The Hyrax seemed to prefer the trees close to the entrance and the Ibex, as good climbers, were mainly along the canyon walls. Both are perfect to take photos, so don't forget your camera!

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  • David's Fall

    `En Gedi Things to Do

    At the end of Wadi David you will come to a very beautiful waterfall. Kind of weird place when thinking about the dry desert you came through on your drive to Ein Gedi. The water dropping down the wall is the essential element for life in this region.

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  • Hike Wadi David

    `En Gedi Things to Do

    A fairly easy hike also good to do with kids is a hike through the Wadi David. The hike follows along a creek towards the David's Fall. The view up to the walls of the Wadi and the nature in it is fascinating. I enjoyed it very much.

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Mizpe Ramon

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  • Hiking in but not jumping into the Ramon...

    Mizpe Ramon Things to Do

    The Hiking and Biking Hotel's stairway led directly down to the Ramon Crater. Hiking in and into the Ramon Crater is an impressive experience that should not be missed. The desert and especially the sunsets in that area are spectacular. Agent 0815 (who was my hiking companion) and I photographed all the views that were to be viewed on that day...

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  • Mitzpe Ramon Guest House

    Mizpe Ramon Hotels

    Nahal Nikrot 4, Mizpe Ramon, 80600, Israel

    Satisfaction: Terrible

    Good for: Couples

  • Carpentry

    Mizpe Ramon Things to Do

    The Carpentry Shop is a hill made up of black prismatic rocks. The rectangular pipes on the side of the hill are made of the same sort of sand found on beaches. That makes it the only place in the world where prisms made of heated sand turned into liquid which, in cooling naturally formed rectangular and hexagonal prisms.

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Yeroham

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  • The Large Crater (Ha-Makhtesh Ha-Gadol)

    Yeroham Things to Do

    The craters ("Makhteshim") in the Israeli Negev are a unique geological phenomenon. They were not created by meteors or by volcanic activity, but by a slow erosion process of a mountain peak by water and wind. A creek drains the water at the bottom of the crater and erodes the crater rim at one end, through which it exits the crater. This is the...

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  • Colored Sand in the Large Crater...

    Yeroham Things to Do

    The sandstone at the bottom of the Large Crater (Makhtesh) has undegone oxidation with many different minerals, creating beautifully colored sand: chalk-white, yellow, orange, vermillion, red, purple, blue... In a designated area in the crater you can dcrape off colored sand from the sandstone to take home as a souvenir. When visiting the Large...

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  • Petrified Trees in the Large Crater

    Yeroham Things to Do

    At the bottom of the crater ("The Large Makhtesh"), one of the attractions is the petrified trees.These are the remains of ancient tree trunks, some with a diameter of 1.5 meter, which have been petrified. You can still appreciate their shape and size. The tallest trunk is 10 meters long. They date from 120 million years ago, from a period when...

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`En Kerem

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  • John Baharim Church 2

    `En Kerem Things to Do

    part two of my John Baha Rim Church tips with more pictures of the inside.there are actually two John the Baptist Churches in Ein Karem, the other one is greekl orthodox at the other side of the main road and the Roman Catholic John The Baptist Church is calle John Baharim, which is owned by the Royal Family of Spain but under the custody of the...

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  • John Baharim Church 1

    `En Kerem Things to Do

    there are actually two John the Baptist Churches in Ein Karem, the other one is greekl orthodox at the other side of the main road and the Roman Catholic John The Baptist Church is calle John Baharim, which is owned by the Royal Family of Spain but under the custody of the Franciscan Religous Order since the middle ages. The Chuch is said to be...

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  • Celebrate Mass at the Visitacion Church

    `En Kerem Off The Beaten Path

    since this is under the custody of the Roman Catholic order of Franciscans and we were roman catholic pilgrims, we were allowed to celebrate mass inside by the franciscan fria in charge of the church and he even sang with us the latin version of Mary's Hymm Magnificat as you would see in my videos here.they allow roman catholic masses by pilgrims...

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`En Boqeq

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  • Pub at the beach

    `En Boqeq Restaurants

    The Beach Pub and Restaurant serves hotdogs and other fast food and most important: cold drinks. I really had no appetite in hot food with air temperatures at 43 degrees C.!Best thing that there where fans on the terrace that spraued a fine cool mist: refreshing! Cold drink, ice cream, cold drink, ....

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  • Getting there

    `En Boqeq Transportation

    I had looked into getting to the Dead Sea by bus 384 of the Egged company. With only 3 rides a day, this was not the transport I had in mind. Luckely when the time came close, we had a group of 8 people and hiring a minivan taxi at Arad was a reasonable option. I was glad we went for that option, because the bus stop at the Dead Sea was an open...

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  • Walk in water in the middle of the...

    `En Boqeq Things to Do

    Just across the street from the tourist complex of Ein Bokek is the amazing Ein Bokek nature reserve. Entrance to the reserve is free, there is no guard and no gate - just a trail marked in a black line between two white lines, which leads from the main Dead Sea highway straight into the stream.Imagine finding yourself in the middle of the desert,...

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Bet Guvrin

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  • Apollophanaes Cave, part II

    Bet Guvrin Things to Do

    There is an inscription dedicated to one of the people buried there and outside the chambers you will find an explanation sign telling you that the name of the cave is derived from that inscription, that Apollophanaes is the "son of" and what the honors he held during life were, much like people put on headstones in graveyards today.An important...

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  • Apollophanaes Cave, part I

    Bet Guvrin Things to Do

    The Apollophanaes Cave at Bet Guvrin, okay so do NOT ask me to pronounce this, but it is worth a visit to see this burial site. The decorations, paintings and inscriptions adorning the walls of the main chamber are amazing.Zohara is "featured" in the first photo to give you an idea of the size of the main burial chamber. There are an additional two...

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  • Underground cisterns, part 2

    Bet Guvrin Things to Do

    The second photo here will give you an idea of the depth of this complex. Used for storage of water, the cisterns run for hundreds of meters underground. Also stirrred into this mix of water storage you will find a columbarium in the third photo...used for storing the remains (ashes) of the deceased, but I was thinking more of a letter drop, a sort...

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Sedom

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  • Nahal Pratziem

    Sedom Favorites

    Took Meta and another friend who were visiting us down to the Dead Sea and a hike through the Nahal Pratziem Canyon, we also visited the Flour Cave that is there. We found some striking patterns in the walls of the canyon, some of them could pass for aerial photographs of a valley system.The first picture shows you the Parks Service sign that...

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  • Lot's wife, a true pillar of salt

    Sedom Things to Do

    Lot's wife is a figure from the book of Genesis known for being turned into a pillar of salt as punishment for looking back upon the burning destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah even after being warned NOT to look back....hard to do when you are being expelled from your home forever...anyway here she is in all her hard rock splendor...and by the way...

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  • The "Flour" Cave

    Sedom Favorites

    On the shores of the Dead Sea you have several choices for day hikes, Nahal Pratziem is one of the most popular along with the Flour Cave that is there. This cave begins as a hole in the wall of the canyon and you can (if you have candles or a flashlight) follow it to the end where you will find this opening to the sky. At this point it is possible...

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Horbat Timna`

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  • The famous "Mushroom" (new photos)

    Horbat Timna` Things to Do

    From the parking area you can see the mushroom formation in the distance and it will seem to be of no importance...but as you approach it over the open desert of the Timna landscape it will begin to "grow". Standing under its colorful "umbrella" of rock it seems to reach out to protect you from the hot southern sun of Israel.Nearby there is also a...

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  • Mushroom and a Half

    Horbat Timna` Things to Do

    The "Mushroom and a Half" is the famous Mushroom's poor brother. Although I think it is the more beautiful of the two, in terms of color it is more striking, a reddish ocher that is especially beautiful at sunset. The last photo shows Lea so you can have an idea of the size.

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  • New Entrance and Cinema

    Horbat Timna` Things to Do

    The "new" Timna park has now put up these cheezy mock Egyptian statues along both sides of the entrance road, really BAD. The new cinema where you can watch a movie telling about Timna, its nature and history is almost as bad, but the information is good.As you drive in you can see on your right hand side the Spiral.The road looks like it goes off...

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Dimona

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  • Visit Mamshit archeological site

    Dimona Things to Do

    You can see the Nabatean town of Mamshit (memphis) from 1st century AD. Best reconstruction in the Negev in my eyes. The place has also an organized camp ground. If it is not too hot, you can go down from the old town to the Mamshit Wadi (Canyon) it is about 1hour walk with nice view on old and new dams.

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  • Nabbatean Fair

    Dimona Things to Do

    For two weeks a year the ancient city of Mamshit, a UNESCO World Heritage site, hosts a Nabbatean Fair. All the ancient shops, which archaeologists uncovered recently, are reopened, and host vendors marketing olive oil, Beduin crafts, olives, copperware, purses, hats, dggers, old coins, spices, etc. There are also fortune tellers, palm readers, and...

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  • A great cafe

    Dimona Restaurants

    To order food, just walk up to the counter, point to a picture of what you want, and give the waiter or waitress your name. They do incredible breakfasts, sandwiches, hot and cold chocolate, many different kinds of coffee, huge salads, and various cakes, mostly cheese and strudel. You can sit outside, inside next to a large video screen, or inside...

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Sede Boqer

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  • Desrt wine and Desert Fish

    Sede Boqer Restaurants

    Around Sde Boker there are several private ranches, each with its own distinct character, which provide good home-made food in a special setting.The Nachal Boker ranch was built from scratch by Moshe and Hilda, it has its own vineyard and a restaurant in a quaint barrel-like house made of wood and mud, with a cylindrical ceiling. We had a very...

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  • Terrarium: Get to know the Negev snakes!

    Sede Boqer Things to Do

    In the Sde Boker Field School there is a collection of desert animals, mainly reptiles.Our visit there constituted the evening cultural program in the Field School. We heard an introductory lecture from a local herpetologist, and then went around the glass cages and had a close look at the various snakes.It's not everyone's cup of tea (or of...

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  • Ein Avdat

    Sede Boqer Things to Do

    This is one of my favorite spots in the Negev. A canyon, a spring, a natural pool reflecting the beautifully layered limestone walls, greenery in the middle of the desert, and if you're lucky you can see the ibexes coming down the cliffs for a drink of water.There is a paved road leading to the entrance of the nature reserve and a car park. From...

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Qiryat Gat

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  • Hirbet Karoa Ruin

    Qiryat Gat Things to Do

    This is an ancient Byzantine ruin found in the Angels' Forest (see my tip) near Kiryat Gat.The origin of the name is Arabic: Kh'arua means castor-oil plant.The whole area around Kiryat Gat was quite densely populated in the Byzantine period (4th to early 7th century AD). In the Angels' Forest there are remains of wine presses, oil presses and a...

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  • Angels' Forest (Shachariya Forest)

    Qiryat Gat Things to Do

    This 7000 dunam pine forest was planted by the JNF in the 1950s, as part of the forest development plan in the new State of Israel. Pine trees were chosen because the grew fast and created large shaded areas. The disadvantages of planting a single kind of tree were not thought of at that time.Why "Angels' Forest"? No angels have been sighted there...

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  • Monument for the 87 Fallen Soldiers

    Qiryat Gat Things to Do

    One of the bloodiest battles of Israel's 1948 War of Independence took place in what is today Qiryat Gat. This was the site of the fortified police station of Iraq-el-Manshiya, built by the British in the late 1930s, and occupied by an Egyptian brigade throughout most of the 1948 war.An attempt to conquer this fort was made by the Israeli...

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