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Israel, Old City of Jerusalem and its Walls

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, March 28, 2013 at 05:38:46

Location Jerusalem (Site proposed by Jordan), Jerusalem District, Israel
Coordinates N31 46 60 E35 13 0
Date of Inscription 1981

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/148 )

As a holy city for Judaism, Christianity and Islam, Jerusalem has always been of great symbolic importance. Among its 220 historic monuments, the Dome of the Rock stands out: built in the 7th century, it is decorated with beautiful geometric and floral motifs. It is recognized by all three religions as the site of Abraham's sacrifice. The Wailing Wall delimits the quarters of the different religious communities, while the Resurrection rotunda in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre houses Christ's tomb.

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Walls, Old City of Jerusalem Dome of the Rock Old City of Jerusalem

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Israel, Sites of Human Evolution at Mount Carmel: The Nahal Me'arot / Wadi el-Mughara Caves

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, March 19, 2013 at 11:35:07

Location Israel
Coordinates N32 40 12 E34 57 55
Property 54 ha
Date of Inscription 2012

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1393 )

Situated on the western slopes of the Mount Carmel range, the site includes the caves of Tabun, Jamal, el-Wad and Skhul. Ninety years of archaeological research have revealed a cultural sequence of unparalleled duration, providing an archive of early human life in south-west Asia. This 54 ha property contains cultural deposits representing at least 500,000 years of human evolution demonstrating the unique existence of both Neanderthals andEarly Anatomically Modern Humans within the same Middle Palaeolithic cultural framework, the Mousterian. Evidence from numerous Natufian burials and early stone architecture represents the transition from a hunter-gathering lifestyle to agriculture and animal husbandry. As a result, the caves have become a key site of the chrono-stratigraphic framework for human evolution in general, and the prehistory of the Levant in particular.

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Skhul Cave, Nahal Me'arot Nature Reserve

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Israel, White City of Tel-Aviv - the Modern Movement

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, March 19, 2013 at 11:26:49

Location Tel Aviv, Israel
Coordinates N32 4 0 E34 46 60
Property 140 ha
Date of Inscription 2003

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1096 )

Tel Aviv was founded in 1909 and developed as a metropolitan city under the British Mandate in Palestine. The White City was constructed from the early 1930s until the 1950s, based on the urban plan by Sir Patrick Geddes, reflecting modern organic planning principles. The buildings were designed by architects who were trained in Europe where they practised their profession before immigrating. They created an outstanding architectural ensemble of the Modern Movement in a new cultural context.

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Rabinsky House, White City of Tel-Aviv Engel House, White City of Tel-Aviv

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Israel, Biblical Tels - Megiddo, Hazor, Beer Sheba

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, June 07, 2012 at 10:20:51

Location Israel
Coordinates N32 35 49.992 E35 10 55.992
Property 96 ha
Date of Inscription 2005

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1108 )

Tels (prehistoric settlement mounds), are characteristic of the flatter lands of the eastern Mediterranean, particularly Lebanon, Syria, Israel and eastern Turkey. Of more than 200 tels in Israel, Megiddo, Hazor and Beer Sheba are representative of those that contain substantial remains of cities with biblical connections. The three tels also present some of the best examples in the Levant of elaborate Iron Age, underground water-collecting systems, created to serve dense urban communities. Their traces of construction over the millennia reflect the existence of centralized authority, prosperous agricultural activity and the control of important trade routes.

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Tel Megiddo House of Pillars, Tel Hazor Tel Be'er Sheva

Biblical Tels


Israel, Incense Route - Desert Cities in the Negev

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, June 07, 2012 at 06:25:21

Location Negev Region, Israel
Coordinates N30 32 27.996 E35 9 38.988
Property 6,655 ha
Date of Inscription 2005

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1107 )

The four Nabatean towns of Haluza, Mamshit, Avdat and Shivta, along with associated fortresses and agricultural landscapes in the Negev Desert, are spread along routes linking them to the Mediterranean end of the incense and spice route. Together they reflect the hugely profitable trade in frankincense and myrrh from south Arabia to the Mediterranean, which flourished from the 3rd century BC until the 2nd century AD. With the vestiges of their sophisticated irrigation systems, urban constructions, forts and caravanserai, they bear witness to the way in which the harsh desert was settled for trade and agriculture.

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Gate, Avdat Haluza Church, Mamshit
Shivta    

Desert Cities in the Negev


Israel, Old City of Acre

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, June 07, 2012 at 06:06:54

Location Western Galilee, Israel
Coordinates N32 55 42 E35 5 2
Property 63 ha
Date of Inscription 2001

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1042 )

Acre is a historic walled port-city with continuous settlement from the Phoenician period. The present city is characteristic of a fortified town dating from the Ottoman 18th and 19th centuries, with typical urban components such as the citadel, mosques, khans and baths. The remains of the Crusader town, dating from 1104 to 1291, lie almost intact, both above and below today's street level, providing an exceptional picture of the layout and structures of the capital of the medieval Crusader kingdom of Jerusalem.

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Port, Old City of Acre Khan al-Umdan

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Israel, Baha'i Holy Places in Haifa and the Western Galilee

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, June 13, 2009 at 19:19:17

Location Haifa and Northern Districts, Israel
Coordinates N32 49 45.828 E34 58 17.936
Type Cultural
Property 63 ha
Date of Inscription 2008

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1220 )

The Bahá’i Holy Places in Haifa and Western Galilee are inscribed for their profound spiritual meaning and the testimony they bear to the strong tradition of pilgrimage in the Bahá’i faith. The property includes the two most holy places in the Bahá’í religion associated with the founders, the Shrine of Bahá’u’lláh in Acre and the Shrine of the Báb in Haifa, together with their surrounding gardens, associated buildings and monuments. These two shrines are part of a larger complex of buildings, monuments and sites at seven distinct locations in Haifa and Western Galilee that are visited as part of the Bahá’i pilgrimage.

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Shrine of the Bab Gardens, Shrine of the Bab Garden, Shrine of Baha'u'llah

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Israel, Masada

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, June 13, 2009 at 16:36:54

Location South District of Israel
Coordinates N31 18 48.6 E35 21 9.9
Type Cultural
Property 276 ha
Date of Inscription 2001

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1040 )

Masada is a rugged natural fortress, of majestic beauty, in the Judaean Desert overlooking the Dead Sea. It is a symbol of the ancient kingdom of Israel, its violent destruction and the last stand of Jewish patriots in the face of the Roman army, in 73 A.D. It was built as a palace complex, in the classic style of the early Roman Empire, by Herod the Great, King of Judaea, (reigned 37 – 4 B.C.). The camps, fortifications and attack ramp that encircle the monument constitute the most complete Roman siege works surviving to the present day.

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Masada plateau Site of Masada

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