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The Photogenic Landscapes of Palestine

Despite its relatively small acreage, Palestine is a country with a rich diversity of natural scenery. Thanks to its unique geographical location at the crossroads of three continents, this small area encompasses various ecosystems that offer a wide range of beautiful landscapes. Marj Ibn Amer Marj Ibn Amer is an extensive farming plain that can [...]

December 20th, 2017|

Olive-Wood Workshops in Bethlehem

In Palestine, and particularly in Bethlehem, olive-wood carving is a deeply rooted tradition. It is said that the craft arrived in the area as early as in the fourth century, together with the advent of Christian pilgrimage. However, the true turning point in the development of olive-wood art took place around the fourteenth [...]

November 28th, 2017|

World Heritage Sites in Beautiful Palestine

It has already been five years since we celebrated the inscription of the Church of the Nativity and the Pilgrimage Route in Bethlehem on the UNESCO World Heritage List on June 29, 2012. The solemn moment that put the world’s eyes on this outstanding place of religious and cultural value was followed by an impor [...]

September 23rd, 2017|

Around the Sea of Galilee

The Sea of Galilee, Tabariyya in Arabic, is a body of water located among the hills of the Galilee. As can be noticed from a quick look at a map, the Sea of Galilee is actually not a sea – it’s a lake. Eight kilometers wide and 21 kilometers long, it is one of the [...]

September 23rd, 2017|

Walk the Souqs of Jerusalem’s Old City

Jerusalem, the sacred and commercial city, has always been renowned for its markets (souqs). The souqs are the assemblies of small shops that follow the Old City’s alleys or are set up at street crossings. In these markets in the past, professional specialization was the rule that made merchants of the same profession gather in [...]

September 23rd, 2017|

July 2017 – The Month of Summer Festivals

During the month of July many cultural and musical activities take place in Palestine; in fact, at this time of the year it is likely that a cultural event is present on any day of a given week. Numerous annual festivals can be enjoyed in July as well, offering unique experiences to locals and visitors [...]

July 4th, 2017|

/si:n/ Festival of Video Art and Performance

Program /si:n/ festival of video art and performance For its fifth edition, the 2017 /si:n/ festival for video art and performance will run for four days, from june 12th-15th. Events will take place in Jerusalem, Gaza, Bethlehem and Ramallah. A selection of video art installations, performances and film screenings by noted local and international artists [...]

June 10th, 2017|

From Dhahriya to Beit Mirsim – A Hike on Masar Ibrahim Al-Khalil Trail

The Masar Ibrahim Al-Khalil is a long-distance, cultural hiking trail in Palestine. The route is 321 kilometers long and extends through the West Bank – from the village of Rummana northwest of Jenin to Beit Mirsim southwest of Hebron. The trail passes through 53 cities and villages where hikers, walkers, and travelers can experience the [...]

June 1st, 2017|

Tell Umm Amer (Saint Hilarion Monastery) in Gaza

The archaeological site of Tell Umm Amer (Saint Hilarion Monastery), located 8.5 kilometers south of Gaza City in the coastal refugee camp of Al-Nuseirat, hosts various remains that date back more than four centuries, from the late Roman Empire to the Umayyad period. The location appears on the sixth-century Madaba map under the name of [...]

May 27th, 2017|

Ramallah – The City of Culture

Ramallah was once a small rural town and a summer destination where many Palestinians enjoyed the pleasant Mediterranean climate and picturesque location in the highlands. Today, Ramallah’s old architecture can still be seen in some places, often hidden among the new, tall buildings. Ramallah has grown into an extensive modern city – a place that [...]

February 24th, 2017|