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Tourists interested in visiting one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world should visit Jericho. This is a Palestinian city on the bank of the Jordan River. The area, where the city is situated, is a desert. As the Dead Sea is situated twelve kilometers from the settlement, the area has unusual climatic conditions. It is possible to see how summer heat miraculously co-exists with a refreshing sea breeze. Jericho is mentioned in the Bible a number of times. The holy book calls it “a city of palm trees”. There is one more interesting fact about Jericho that differs it from other settlements – the city is situated more than 250 meters below the sea level. First settlers on the land of Palestinian Jericho came here more than ten thousand years ago. However, first mentions of this place date back to 15 BC. This is what we can learn from the Bible. No one clearly knows the exact translation or meaning of the name “Jericho”. There are three major versions – “fragrant”, “moon”, and “the city of palm trees”. The Holy Scripture uses the last variant. Joshua was the first leader who captured the city. In his book, he described the siege of the settlement by the Israeli army in detail. The city turned into ruins, and Hiel of Bethel could restore it only in 870 BC. During the Roman period, Mark Antony gave Jericho to Cleopatra as a gift but Augustus returned it to Herod the Great. At that time, the first winter palace appeared in the city. … Read further

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This monastery has an interesting design – all rooms in the building are carved in the rocks. There is an old chapel in one of the caves. The Bible tells that Jesus Christ was praying to God for forty days and nights in this cave. This area is recognized as the Holy Grotto of the Temptation of Christ nowadays. The monastery itself is not big but it looks so natural in the surrounding landscape that it creates an … Open

Overview of festivals and celebrations in Palestine

The West Bank, a Palestinian territory, is home to Arab Palestinians. Approximately half of them are Christians, the latter are Muslims. Holidays of both confessions are widely celebrated in the territory, and so no one gets confused about Christmas or the holy month of Ramadan. In Ramallah, the administrative center of the State of Palestine, there is always a Christmas tree on the Yasser Arafat Square. The beautifully decorated tree is a magnet for people who enjoy gathering here. By the way, Palestine is a secular country; at least school education is secular here. Not many people are aware of this, but Palestine has the highest percentage of educated people in the Arab world – more than 92% of the territory’s residents can read and write. … Open

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