Israel

  • 1 Dive into the world's best scuba sites
    Azores The waters around this remote Portuguese archipelago way out in the Atlantic Ocean are home to an amazing underwater world. The nine small volcanic islands of the Azores are surrounded by waters...

  • 2 Masada, Herod's desert fortress
    In the middle of the first century AD, after the destruction of Jerusalem by Titus, son of Emperor Vespasian, a group of Jewish zealots found refuge from the Roman troops in the desert fortress built...

  • 3 It all began in Nazareth
    From Nazareth where the Archangel Gabriel appeared to Mary with the very first “Ave Maria" – “Hail Mary, full of grace” – to Bethlehem where the baby was born; Ein Kerem...

  • 4 The natural wonders of the world
    The idea of listing the wonders of the world is hardly a new thing. The historian Herodotus compiled his own list way back in the fifth century BC, and from then on many have been unable to resist the...

  • 5 The light shines out in Jerusalem
    This year sees the third celebration of the festival, held in Jerusalem's Old City in mid-June, and the event is already establishing itself as one of the city's major summer attractions. Throughout...

  • 6 Verdi's 'Aida' echoes around the Judean desert
    The majestic beauty and historical significance of the rocky outcrop of Masada combine to make this great symbol of Jewish heroism a unique place. The site itself, an Israeli National Park and a UNESCO...

  • 7 The Marian trail: a pilgrimage in the Holy Land
    Following in the footsteps of Mary, the Mother of God, and visiting the sites of key events in her life, the Marian trail promises to be a journey of self-realisation and discovery, especially for those...

  • 8 The Jesus trail: hiking in the Holy Land
    “The angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, to a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary.” So...

  • 9 Hotel Mamilla: a sanctuary in the heart of Jerusalem
    The design of this exclusive hotel has been carried out in partnership with renowned architects Moshe Safdie and Piero Lissoni whose skill and taste have ensured that the Mamilla is destined to become...



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