Trips to the Dead Sea
Tours of the Dead Sea and its surroundings. Masada, Qumran archaeological park, nature reserve of Ein Gedi, a tour of the factory Dead Sea cosmetics and more.
The Dead Sea was created more than two million years ago and is located at 400 m below sea level. This place has the highest atmospheric pressure on Earth and high oxygen content. The salt concentration is 30%, so there is practically no life and can not drown. In Israel, do not call it the Dead Sea, in Hebrew it – Salty. Along the shores of the Dead Sea are a large number of medicinal springs, mud, and health and beauty centers, famous worldwide for its miraculous healing properties.
Ein Gedi Nature Reserve
Around this very low and the saltiest water body in the world, strangely enough, always bubbling with life. You will see this by visiting the oasis of Ein Gedi. Lush greenery and crystal waterfalls side by side here with majestic lifeless rocks. Through the nature reserve of Ein Gedi flows four streams: David, Arugot, Shulamit and Ein Gedi. The reserve is rich in flora and fauna, in sharp contrast with the surrounding desert. Here are the Nubian ibex, wolves, red fox, Afghanistan fox, striped hyena and leopard, listed in the Red Book. Medicinal plants Ein Gedi were known since ancient times.
On the shores of the Dead Sea, there is one place that tourists must visit and where to shall take the oath of the IDF. It’s – the legendary fortress of Masada rebuilt by King Herod – a symbol of Jewish heroism in the revolt against the Romans in the 1st century AD. Built on a single rock in the Judean desert, Masada is located at an altitude of 400 meters above the Dead Sea.
Masada is not just a fortress, and a spacious royal palace. In a fortress have been built baths and pools for ablutions, as well as twenty nine large storage rooms, each with a length of 27 meters. Archaeologists have found hundreds of pottery vessels for storing vast quantities of food. In Masada there are an unique water supply system – the fruit of engineering two thousand years ago. Masada became a symbol of heroism of the Jewish people. When the Romans conquered Masada, its defenders had committed suicide to avoid falling into slavery.
Qumran National Park
In the northern part of the west coast of the Dead Sea lies Qumran – a place where was made the most important archaeological find of humanity – the Dead Sea Scrolls or the Qumran manuscripts. In the archaeological excavations of the park are the central complex of Qumran, their water system and the caves where the famous manuscripts were hidden. Meaning of the Dead Sea is not only to confirm the authenticity of the texts of the Old Testament, but also in understanding the origin of many Christian ideas and texts, the Apocalypse, and the Essenes surprising prediction of the destruction of the Temple and Jerusalem, and the fact that their manuscripts will be found through 2,000 years when again there in the land the Jewish state.
Swimming in the Dead Sea
Miracle of the Dead Sea have been recognized since the days of Cleopatra, and only she knew a good judge! On the beach in Ein Bokek, you can take a dip in the water, enveloping your body is like a magic balsam, make a mask of mud from the Dead Sea minerals and sunbathe.
Tour into the factory of cosmetics Ahava
If you want to buy all sorts of creams, mud, peels and facials and body – at your service cream factory in Dead Sea – Ahab. During a tour of the factory Ahab You will learn the process of creating a unique Dead Sea cosmetics. Natural cosmetics factory Ahab of muds and minerals are world renown.