Israel: Past and Present (Monuments Past & Present)

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Beginning with a brief history of the region, Israel: Past and Present features overlays of Jerusalem throughout the ages, important religious sites such as the Western Wall and the Church at Kursi, and famed archaeological ruins like Masada and Caesarea. Works of art found at the sites, such as mosaics, frescoes and sculpture, are explored to learn about the use of these ancient locales and the lives of the people who inhabited them.

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Israel: Past & Present is a beautifully produced guide to the 16 top archeological sites in Israel. It uses pictures and overlays to illustrate what the sites look like now and how they would have appeared in their heyday, centuries ago. For Tiberias, for example, the guide provides some pivotal history--including its founding by Herod Antipas around A.D. 18, its fortification against the Great Revolt in A.D. 66, the Arab takeover in A.D. 636, the arrival of the crusaders in the 12th century, and all the subsequent crusader/Saladin battles, plus the restoration of the city walls in 1562 and the earthquake in 1837 that mangled those walls. There's a picture of Tiberias today, with sections of the ancient walls poking out among trees, cars, restaurants, and hotels, and an overlay with cutouts for the remnant walls that shows the 18th-century southern wall built on crusader fortification foundations. This is a lovely book from which to learn about Israel, inspire those interested in its history, and plan for a trip. --Stephanie Gold

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See History Come Alive in This Unique Full-Color Guide Inside you'll find sixteen full-color photos of Israel's most famous sites—each with a beautifully illustrated overlay that takes you back in time to how it really was! Masada The City of David The Temple Mount in Jerusalem Crusader Castles Byzantine Churches The Synagogue at Capernaum Megiddo Caesarea The Hot Springs of Hamat Gader The Roman Ruins at Beit She'an Guaranteed to Delight Armchair Travelers—And a Great Resource for Visitors, Too

  • Practical information for all the sites: admission charges, hours, how to get there, and more
  • Where to stay and dine, from famous Jerusalem hotels and hospices to spa resorts and country restaurants around the Sea of Galilee
  • More to see and do—including details on visiting the nature reserves near the major sites
  • Detailed, accurate maps to help you get around
  • And much more!
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