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    Go to Palestine

    by visitpalestine Written Oct 31, 2013

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    Palestine is a fascinating country forming a unique backdrop to people of different personalities and religious backgrounds. This is a land at the crossroads of history where profound beliefs, aspirations, and ideas have been realized. Palestine’s strategic locations at the heart of the ancient World made it one of the most cross-culture stations, facilitating the interaction between various cultures through exchanging commodities, customs, ideas, and religions. The ancient routes used as far back as the Byzantine period have all played a prominent role in shaping the mosaic of cultural heritage of Palestine. Every inch of this land has a story to tell, every hill the scene of a battle, and every stone a monument or tomb. One cannot understand the geography of Palestine without knowing its history and one cannot understand its history without knowing its geography.

    The Holy land
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    Mount Gerizim and The Samaritans

    by visitpalestine Written Jul 24, 2013

    Mount Gerizim rises over 500 meters above the ancient city of Flavia Neapolis (Nablus). The mountain has a special sanctity for the last Samaritan community, custodian of the most ancient religious tradition in Palestine and indeed the entire Middle East. The Samaritans consider it the first piece of land created by God .They also believe that Adam was created from the earth of this mountain and that this was also the sole site spared in the Flood

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    Try the Palestinian food!

    by travellingdan Updated Jan 17, 2008

    1) In Palestine, the meat grilled on a skewer, we usually know as Kebab or Gyros, is named Shawerma. The difference is, that they marinate the meat before they put it on the grillstick. So it tastes a little sour - which is perfect to fresh the whole thing up. Take it in a Pita bread and with "kul shei" = everything with it, so you get the whole taste of Palestinian vegetables, hot sauce, sour cream, shawerma-meat!
    For further study see also
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shawarma

    2) Kubbeh: Fried spiced chopped meat with spices - all in the form of a cigar. Yummie!
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kibbeh

    3) Knaafe - a new form of sweet! If you make it to Nablus - you HAVE to try Knaafe! It"s a baked cheese with sweet sugarcrust! Unique, incredible, stomach filling but it'll make you want more, and more, and more... ;-)
    http://flickr.com/photos/29114737@N00/1666607025/

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    Dead Sea

    by Whoopi Written Nov 23, 2005

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    I visited the Dead Sea from the Israeli side but I put it in this page anyway as the Dead Sea is also in the West Bank.

    This is a typical tourist attraction but it is still worth it, it is a very unique experience. The Dead Sea is so salt that fish and other organisms can't live there. The salt gives you the ability to float on top of the water, so it doesn't matter if you can't swim, there is no way you will sink. But, DO NOT splash the water or try floating on your stommack, if you get the salty water in your eyes or mouth, it is PAIN! For the same reason, don't shave legs, armpits or whatever the day before either, any small wound you have will burn in the water....
    The Dead Sea mud is supposed to be very good for your skin so have fun and roll yourself in mud..

    have fun, go mudmad! floating in the dead sea almost on top of the surface
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    The best Fruit-Ice-Shake in the Middle East!

    by travellingdan Updated Jul 19, 2005

    At one of the edges of al Manarah Square you will find an Ice stand with the best Fruit-Ice-Shake in the Mideast!

    Especially when it's hot you have a refreshment at hand that is not only sweet and tasty but also very healthy by the fresh fruit that is added.

    And it is inexpensive, too. Order a big cup for some shekel and you most likely get a half liter beer mug full of great ice and fruit topped with a little chocolate sirup.

    By the way: Don't worry about your stomach: I had this shake a hundred times and never had problems!

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    The best arab beer! Visit Taybeh micro brewery!

    by travellingdan Written Mar 20, 2005

    Visit the micro brewery of Taybeh!

    They brew beer according to the German purity law (which was announced in my hometown).

    Call them, go there via Qualandia bus station (ask for destination Taybeh), have a free beer and a little tour by Nadim Khoury, the master of palestinian beer himself!

    It's great if you like good beer or just want to visit a palestinian success story! They now sell great local olive oil, too!

    to go there:
    Take a yellow Transit Taxi from Qualandia to Taybeh village. Stop at the square (next to a bakery), walk left a little street down the hills (you will smell cows) in direction to a scenic view of the hillside, turn right at the buildings edge (there's a taybeh graffitti on the wall) walk parallel to the building. You will find the entrance and probably Mr. Khoury wainting for you to your right.

    Taybeh beer

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    Wadi Kelt

    by freya_heaven Updated Jul 19, 2004

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    Wadi Kelt is very close to Jericho, St Georges Monastery Clings to the cliff overlooking the Wadi (valley).

    There was first a building on this site early in the 4th century AD. The first building named after St George was in the 5th century. The Monastery has had quite a turbulent history with being taken by one or another, Persians, Crusaders, Hermits, and finally Greek Orthodox Monks laid claim and restored the buildings in the early 20th century.

    Apart from the buildings & views, there are paintings, icons, Tomb of St George to be seen, plus the skulls of the 14 Monks who were murdered here by the Persians.

    St Georges, Wadi Kelt
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    ~Busy Bethlehem~

    by freya_heaven Updated Jul 19, 2004

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    Bethlehem, is probably the most famous place in Palestine. The town itself is nothing special or out of the ordinary, but obviously people visit Bethlehem for the Church of the Nativity.

    I visited Bethlehem a few times whilst I was living in israel, some of the times it was so quiet, we were almost the only people there,surprisingly one of these occasions was christmas day! Other times it was heaving with coach tours. ..........Im trying to say try to pick your time to visit! (~_~)

    Arial View of Bethlehem
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    Monastery of Temptation

    by freya_heaven Updated Jul 19, 2004

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    The Monastery of Temptation is built around the site, where in the Bible Jesus was tempted by the devil, and where he fasted & refused to turn the stones in to bread.

    The Crusaders called tis place Mont Quarantana (Mount of Fourty), The Arabs Qarantal and it is known today as Mount of Temptation.

    This Monastery was also restored by the Greek Orthodox Church in the early 1900's.

    Monastery of Temptation
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    Dead Sea Magic

    by Laurina Updated Aug 29, 2003

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    When in Israel Palestine WHATEVER, do head down to the lowest point on earth when there's a full moon; watch the sun set behind you while watching the full moon rise over the mountains of Jordan...
    It's sheer magic.

    Muddy me and my muddy friend
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    The Church of Nativity in Betlehem

    by szabolcs Updated Sep 3, 2002

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    This church is said to have been built on the spot where Jesus Christ was born. Whether you're religious or not this place is very impressive and touching. Near the altar there's a stairway. Here you can walk down to an underground chapel where you can find a silver star on the floor with a hole in the middle. You can put your hand in this hole and touch a rock underneath. This is believed to be the exact spot of Christ's birth but it has not been proven by historical facts. Still it's very interesting.
    Upon entry to the church do watch your head because the entrance is very small. It was made so centuries ago to protect the church from pillagers who arrived on horses. With a very small entrance they couldn't break into the church on horseback.

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  • visit Al-Haram al-Ibrahimi...

    by good-old Written Sep 2, 2002

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    visit Al-Haram al-Ibrahimi Mosque. Al-Khalil, as Hebron is called in Arabic, means 'The Friend of God'. In ancient times it was known as Mamre and Kirjath Arba, 'The town of four' because of its position on four hills. Situated at an altitude of 3,000 feet, Hebron has been continuously settled for at least 5,000 years. It is regarded as holy by Muslims, Jews and Christians alike because the Patriarch Abraham is buried there.

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    Dawn on the Mt. of Olives

    by Laurina Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Go to the top of the Mt. of Olives, in East Jerusalem, right in front of the Seven Arches Hotel, overlooking the Old City. Do this on a Friday during noon prayers! I actually never got to do this, even if I did live there for 4 years. But my friend told me it was stunning to hear the prayers of thousands of people rising up from the dome of the rock compound! Or go to the same spot at 4 am in the morning before sunrise to hear the first birds chipper away to the tune of the morning's call to prayer...pretty haunting actually. Better not to go alone, especially if you're a woman (unless you know how to handle harassing men!)
    Eerie, haunting and bittersweet...but it makes you forget about the conflict. Plus you get a neat view of the Jewish burial grounds below. It's a great photo opportunity too...

    Bird's Eye View of the Dome
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    The Dead Sea

    by schielen Written Aug 25, 2002

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    At a maximum depth of 400 meters below sea level, the Dead Sea is by far the lowest spot on the surface of the earth. Its high salt content of about 25 percent above that of an average sea makes it impossible for any form of life to live in its waters. However, it makes swimming an extraordinary experience, as it is impossible to sink! The mud and minerals of the Dead Sea are natural healers of skin diseases and invigorate healthy skin.

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    Nabi Musa

    by schielen Updated Aug 25, 2002

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    Nabi Musa in Arabic means 'the prophet Moses' who is recognized as one of the great prophets of Islam. Maqam Nabi Musa has been the site of an annual pilgrimage festival since the time of Salah ad-Din. Set in an awe-inspiring landscape 20km east of Jerusalem, Maqam Nabi Musa is a splendid example of medieval Islamic architecture. The present shrine, mosque, minaret, and some of the rooms were built in 1269 AD while successive additions brought the site to its present day shape in 1475 AD.

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