Top 50 Things to Do and to See in Gaza City, Palestine


Gaza
Gaza is also known as Gaza City, is a Palestinian city in the Gaza Strip, with a population of about 450,000, making it the largest city in the Palestinian territories. The Arab town of Gaza, located near the Mediterranean coast some 80km south of Tel Aviv, is the primary center of the Gaza Strip. The city of Gaza is a busy and noisy place and its most interesting building is the Great Mosque, originally a 13th century Crusader church. The city of Gaza offers some of the finest tourist attractions. Fifty things that you can enjoy in Gaza along with your family are listed below: www.travelrows.com

1. Great Omari Mosque

The Great Omari Mosque is one of the most famous tourist attractions of Gaza. This magnificent mosque is situated in downtown Gaza at the end of Omar Mukhtar Street, al-Umari mosque with its beautiful minaret used to be a Norman church constructed during the 12the century by the Crusaders. It is said to occupy the site of the first ancient temple of Marnas.

2. Church of St. Prophyrus

The Church of St. Prohyrus is the fourth century church which is an extremely popular tourist attraction of Gaza. The church is where St. Porphyrus died and was buried during the year 420 AD. It is situated in theGaza’s old city and is still in use by the Greek Orthodox Community.

3. Napoleon’s Fort

The Napoleon’s Fort is also known as Qasr Al-Basha is situated on Al-Wahda Street in downtown Gaza. The fort is an impressive stone building dates back to the Mamluk period. It is known as Qasr al-Basha because Napoleon spent a few nights here on his way through the town during the year 1799.

4. Anthedon Harbour

The Anthedon Harbour is one of the most popular tourist attractions of Gaza. This archaeological location of the ancient harbor city of Anthedonis situated along the Mediterranean Sea towards the northern corner of the Gaza Strip. Anthedon is the first known seaport of Gaza. It was inhabited from 800 BC to 1100 AD. Plentiful of archaeological proofs offers a complete and comprehensive picture of the historical and archaeological evolution in the region, which reflects the rich socio-cultural and socio-economic interchange between Europe and the Levant.

5. Tell Umm Amer

The site of Tell Umm Amer is situated in Al Nusairat village towards the Mediterranean Coast. This location includes some of the best remains of Saint Hilarion who was born 291 AD, it includes 2 churches a burial site and a baptism hall, a public cemetery, an audience hall, and dining rooms. It is also substantially associated with the phenomenon of the flowering of Monastic desert centers in Palestine during the Byzantine period.

6. Arts and Crafts Village

The Arts and Craft Village is one of the must visit tourist destinations of Gaza. This magnificent centre includes an amazing art gallery and handicraft workshops which offer high quality articles for sale. You should also visit the Café Abu Nawwas in the complex. Open daily except Friday.

7. The Pottery Workshop

The Pottery Workshop is located quite close to the el-Faras market is a place surely worth a visit. This pottery workshop is unique. Pottery-making in Gaza as inherited a long tradition. From the Greek to the Byzantine period, amphorae called ” Gaza jars” filled with olive oil, wine or brine could be found all over the eastern Mediterranean. The techniques of fabrication, firing and storing these pieces of pottery give their workshop a character of its own.

8. Khan Younis

Khan Younis is situated towards the southwest part of the country of Palestine. It is the second largest city of the Gaza Strip next to GazaCity. The city’s name is formed of two words—Khan meaning hostel and Younis, which refers to Prince Younis Dawadar who constructed a garrison during the year 1387 for soldiers guarding travelers and pilgrims on their way to Jerusalem and Mecca. It is a place that is surrounded by impressive historic fortress that dominates the view.

9. Rafah

The city of Rafah is one of the most ancient cities of the country and has been for numerous years the southern port to Palestine. It is a port that was the cause of numerous battles fought against invaders ofPalestinein the north and Egypt in the south. Rafah formed a natural border between Egypt and the Fertile Crescent. The city was used as a primary guard point along the Hawras coastal road, which witnessed increased activity when the pharaohs came into full power.

10. Wadi Gaza Coastal Wetlands

The Wadi Hills are among the major tourist attractions of Gaza. The length of the Wadi is about 105 km from its source, and stretches from the Truce line in East Gaza to the coast where it discharges into the sea. The Wadi Gaza is considered as one of the significant coastal wetlands situated on the Eastern Mediterranean Basin, very rich both Flora and Fauna.

11. Kerem Shalom

Kerem Shalom is a kibbutz united with the Eshkol Regional Council on the Gaza Strip-Israel-Egypt border. It was discovered during the year 1966 neighboring to the tri border region by members of Hashomer Hatzair. During the year 2008, it was bombarded by mortar shells in an attack described as the worst since Israel’s pullout from Gaza.

12. Qasr al-Basha

Qasr al-Basha is also referred as Radwan Castle and Napoleon’s Fort was earlier a huge palace, today it is a famous museum. You will find it located towards the Old City of Gaza. Qasr al-Bach is served as a seat of power in the Mamluk and Ottoman eras and as a police station under the British Mandate. The museum displays some of the finest collections of the country and various beautiful Antiquities exhibits abundant notable items from their collections, including Roman, Persian, Hellenistic, And Phoenician, Ancient Egyptian, and Neolithic artifacts.

13. The Great Mosque

The Great Mosque is also known as the Jamaa al-Akbar is one of the most famous tourist attractions of Gaza. The mosque also an interesting history, it is actually a converted Crusader church constructed on the location of a Hellenic temple with pillars from a 3rd-century Jewish synagogue.

14. The Church of Saint Porphyrius

The Church of Saint Porphyrius is an Orthodox Christian church of Gaza, is a major tourist attraction of the city of Gaza. This church is the oldest active church in the city to be found in the Zaytun Quarter of the Old City, the church is named after the 5th century bishop of Gaza, Saint Porphyrius, whose tomb is situated in the northeastern corner of the church.

15. The Gaza Museum of Archaeology

The Gaza Museum of Archaeology is one of the major tourist attractions of the city. It is the main museum in Gaza that houses almost 350 antiquities discovered in the Gaza Strip from various historical periods. The museum also contains a restaurant, hotel, and conference center.

16. Hamam al-Sammara

Hamam al-Sammara is one of the major tourist attractions of Gaza and also among the active sauna’s in Gaza. Timings are different for men and women and the service you will find is excellent with a proper scrub down. Hamam al-Sammara is found right in between Palestine Square and the Saladin Road.

17. The Gold Market

The Gold Market of Gaza also known as the Qissariya Market is a historical passageway situated in the old quarter of Gaza; it is both a center for trading and buying gold, and location for foreign exchange. The market is considered as an ideal destination for shopping in Gaza.

18. The Gaza Baptist Church

The Baptist Church of Gaza is one of the popular tourist spots in the city. The church is a modern Baptist church in Gaza. The church is the only Evangelical church to be found in Gaza. This amazing church opened Gaza’s first public Christian library during the year 2006.

19. UNRWA

The UNRWA office is on al-Azhar St quite close to the Islamic University is one of the famous places to visit in Gaza. Your most probable destination is the optimistically named Beach Camp, a warren of concrete huts that is constructed exactly next to a sandy beach. UNRWA wisely recommends avoiding military clothing.

20. Buy Gazans

Gaza Mall is an elegant new mall considered a perfect site to escape the hubbub of Gaza’s bustling Rimal district. Once here you can also enjoy the relaxing fountains. The Gaza Mall is comparable to most Western-style malls only in structure and comfort, but not even remotely in size. You will usually find it packed to the brim with residents of Rimal in the summer escaping the midday heat and may quickly find you want to escape elsewhere.

21. Food of Gaza

The Gaza food is simply mouth watering and attracts lot of visitors. You will also find the fast food like falafel and kebabs are available everywhere in Gaza. If you are a real foodie then head towards posh suburb of Rimal for fancier food; the restaurant in the Windmill Hotel is nice. Also keep in mind that if you wish to bring in any food products, you should first check which products are allowed in Gaza under local custom laws. If you are caug

22. Gaza City

The city of Gaza is a historical treasure house and numerous of those treasures today are housed in the museums of Israel, and those that remain are becoming difficult to preserve due to the Israeli blockade. The city of Gaza is set along the historical Silk Road and on the bridge between Africa and Asia, was host to civilizations, including the Pharaohs, Canaanites, Philistines, Crusaders, Mamluks, Romans and many following. It is said that the Alexander the Great invaded Gaza; Napoleon Bonaparte passed through. Around the city of Gaza you will find pottery and carved columns and capitals, and the remnants of civilizations past, including artifacts from early human presence like the iron and bronze ages,” says AsadAshoor from the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities in Gaza.

23. Deir al-Balah

The Deir al -Balah region is one of the most famous tourist attractions of the city. It is the enormous excavated remains of the Monastery of Saint Hilarion, the first church in Palestine, include surprisingly intact floor mosaics and structural pillars.

24. Wall of Gaza’s Khan Younis

Towards the southern Gaza’s Khan Younis you will find one magnificent wall to be found with an entrance gate and tower — of a Mamluk-era inn (khan) and fort which served trade caravans stands today in the center of the city. It is one of the interesting tourist places to visit in Gaza.

25. Pasha Palace

The Pasha Palace of Gaza is one of the major tourist attractions. Today the Pasha Museum is transformed into an interesting museum, where Napoleon is said to have stayed. The Omari mosque, currently used by worshippers, was constructed on the place of a pagan temple-turned-Byzantine church, and still has a bell tower after it was used as a church again during the Crusader period.

26. Tuffah Region of Gaza

In the Tuffah region of Gaza City they discovered an old house from the Mamluk period, become extremely popular as soon as it was founded. Above it was cemetery from a later period. It is around excavations began on Tel Rafah, an archaeological site from Greek and Roman times, rich with artifacts but in a dangerous area near the Palestinian-Egyptian border. The Israelis dropped leaflets saying not to approach within 300 meters of this specific site.

27. Khan Younis Market

The market of Khan Younis is a famous market of Gaza and famous as a market town for agricultural produce from the surrounding villages. The market is surely worth a visit and especially on Wednesdays and Thursdays during the weekly, colorful Bedouin Market, where merchants sell everything from embroidery to fish.

28. Tel el-Ajjul

Approximately around 7km towards southwest of Gaza you will find Tel el-Ajjul, which has yielded evidence of a history that is as old as 4,000 years. When several of excavations held during the years 1929, 1931 brought light to the remains of fortifications and tombs dating from around 1750 B.C.

29. Bathlehem

The city of Bethlehem is perhaps one of the major centers of tourism in the country. The city is also a prominent sector of Palestine. According to the Gospels, Bethlehem is considered to be the birthplace of Jesus. Bethlehem will surely attract the visitors to a large extent and would give them tremendous chance to explore the city from all aspects.

30. Ramallah

Ramallah in Palestine is located around 16 kilometers towards the northern part of Jerusalem. From the year 1995, it turned into a political and administrative center of Palestine and also is the home of the Palestinian Legislative Council. The radio and television centers of Palestine are also located here. The governmental organization of Palestine that is Muqatta is found here.

31. Old City

Jerusalem is among the most popular and most visited tourist destinations; in fact it is the country’s official capital city. This magnificent city is also regarded as very sacred to three major religions: Christianity, Judaism and Islam. The city of Jerusalem offers plenty of attractions to its visitors. It is also surrounded by imposing stone walls that date to the Ottoman era and include amazing holy places like the Western Wall – the most visited site in Israel and one holy to Jews – Dome of the Rock and Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

32. Yad Vashem

Yad Vashem is another most significant place you will find it close to Gaza, in the country’s capital Jerusalem. Yad Vashem is the largest Holocaust museum and memorial in the entire world. This famous museum was founded during the year 1953. You can also find a recently established Holocaust History Museum that is the part of the same complex; it is designed by architect Moshe Safdie was inaugurated during the year 2005. There are plenty of exhibition halls within its dramatic central triangular structure.

33. Israel Museum

The museum of Israel is one of the most popular tourist attractions of the county. This interesting museum can be found in Jerusalem. It is indeed Israel’s largest cultural complex in and counts the Dead Sea cylinder. It is considered as the oldest known biblical manuscripts of the world among its many treasures. The Billy Rose sculpture garden includes works by the likes of Picasso and Rodin. The Rockefeller Archaeological Museum in East Jerusalem is also a part of the Israel Museum.

34. Western Wall

The Wailing Wall that is also popular as the Western Wall. It was constructed around 516 BCE. It was also renovated by Herod the Great around 20 BC. It is 18 meters long and includes 24 lines of stones belonging to the different ages. Also in the year 1867, 19 lines were discovered in the underground where the lowest line featured the rocks from the Tyropoeon Valley. During the year 1968 two more lines were discovered and it featured seven layers of stone belonging to the Byzantine and Roman periods.

35. Dome of the Rock

The Dome of the Rock is one of the most popular tourist places to visit here. Indeed it is among the oldest Islamic shrines of the world. Dome of the Rock was constructed during the year 691 and houses the Foundation Stone which is considered as a sacred spot in Judaism. It is situated in the Temple Mount and called, “The Noble Sanctuary” by the Muslims.

36. Towers of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre

The Holy Sepulchre Church is considered as one of the most sacred Christian churches to be found in the Jerusalem Old City. This famous church is located Golgotha and it is also the place where Christ was crucified. It also features the burial place of Christ. It is regarded as the main pilgrimage place from the start of 4th century and it is administered by the Church of Jerusalem.

37. The Sculpture Road

You will find the Sculpture Road halfway between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv; it is an enjoyable day trip out of the city with a creative twist of art interspersed throughout. The 10-kilometer (6.2-mile) route (Derech HaPesalim in Hebrew) is situated in the President’s Forest, dedicated to the memory of Israel’s first president, Dr. Chaim Weizmann. During the 1990s, several artists from the former Soviet Union immigrated to Israel; a number of them were invited to line the road with environmentally friendly statues. The impressive sight of this read is the huge statures that you will find along the roadside.

38. The Herzl Museum

The Herzl Museum in Jerusalem is also among the most interesting tourist attractions of the country. Visit this museum with your kids to enjoy an interactive experience, in this case illuminating the life of Zionist visionary Theodor Herzl. It is considered an ideal place to visit with you family.

39. Mount of Olives in Jerusalem

The Mount of Olives in Jerusalem is perhaps the most popular tourist attractions of Jerusalem. You will also get the option of riding a camel there. It is considered as truly a unique place, associated with Christian, Jewish and Islamic history. Located near Mount Scopus in east Jerusalem, the nearly 3,000 foot hill is named for the many olive trees that once covered it. The hill faces the old city of Jerusalem.

40. Tel Aviv-Yafo

The city of Tel Aviv is an immensely popular tourist destination. It is as important to Israel as New York City is to the United States. Tel Aviv-Yafo is indeed the commercial as well as the cultural center of the country. The fact that it was established during the year 1909 makes it incredibly young in a part of the world where many cities began not just centuries, but millennia ago. In contrast to Tel Aviv’s teeming modernity, the old city of Jaffa (Yafo) traces its roots to biblical times.

41. Masada

The Masada is one of the most visited tourist destinations that is found located quite close to Gaza. The desert fortress of Masada was the picture of the disastrous last resistance of the Zealots, an ancient Jewish sect, to the Romans during 73 A.D. Once here you can witness even today the fortifications that the Romans constructed as portion of their cordon of Masada and also various other reminiscent remains as well. You can reach the 1,300-foot peak by hiking up the Snake Path or by cable car.

42. The Dead Sea

One of the most spectacularly famous places to visit near Gaza is The Dead Sea that is to be found at 1,360 feet below sea level and it is regarded as the lowest point on earth. Its water is about ten times saltier than the ocean’s, giving it optimism that makes it possible to float. It is indeed considered as one of the must-visit tourist attractions of the country. The water here is rich in minerals that can be used for treating the various skin problems.

43. Yad Vashem

Yad Vashem another most significant places to visit, located near Gaza. You will find it located in the country’s capital Jerusalem. Yad Vashem is the largest Holocaust museum and memorial in the entire world. This famous museum was founded during the year 1953. You can also find a recently established Holocaust History Museum that is the part of the same complex; it is designed by architect Moshe Safdie was inaugurated during the year 2005. There are plenty of exhibition halls within its dramatic central triangular structure.

44. Caesarea National Park

Another extremely popular tourist attraction is the Caesarea National Park. You will actually find it halfway between Tel Aviv and Haifa. It is regarded as Israel’s brightest archaeological gems and was constructed during the year 2,000 by Herod the Great, who said to have dedicated the port to Caesar Augustus. Ruins from the Roman and Crusader periods are framed by stunning sea views, and the restored ancient amphitheater is now used for concerts in the summertime.

45. The Galilee

The Galilee is considered as one of the major tourist attractions of the country. It is indeed believed to be one of the sacred places of Israel. The place is often linked with the life of Jesus Christ, in particular the Sea of Galilee and two of Judaism’s four holy cities, Tiberias and Safed, are positioned in this abundant and beautiful northern region. The expression “a land flowing with milk and honey” is very appropriate for this place, which abounds not only in historic sites but agricultural plenty and lots of great lodging options, too.

46. Eilat

Eilat is one of the most popular tourist attractions to be found on the Red Sea. It is considered as Israel’s seaside resort equivalence excellence. The country of Israel is blessed with so much of attractions and Eilat is no exception. If you think you’ve seen enough of historical sites then head towards Eilat for some unlimited fun under the sun, her you can indulge in various water sports, sun tanning, and swimming with dolphins is de rigueur.

47. Baha’i Gardens

The Baha’i Gardens are among the major tourist attractions of the country. The “hanging gardens of Haifa” fan along a broad staircase of 19 terraces that extend up the northern slope of Mount Carmel. It is considered as a must-see attraction of Israel. The central terrace houses the gold-domed Shrine of the Bab, a central figure of the Baha’i faith. These outstanding gardens are included in the UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

48. Akko/Acre

The old city of Acre (Akko) is considered among the most beautiful and historic city of this beautiful country. It is a great walled city to be found on the coast of the bay of Haifa. It is also the major and natural port in the Galilee and Israel and is believed to have a prolonged of conquest and ruling empires. The city was once among the main Crusaders’ fortifications and ports. The city of Akko is worth a visit.

49. Sea of Galilee

The Sea of Galilee has a hot and dry circumstances, sweet water, and calming environment. It is among the most interesting tourist attractions to be found near Gaza. The lake fully occupied by tourist through out the year. It is loved equally by both tourist and locales. The lake is completely surrounded by public and private beaches. The Sea of Galilee, known to Israelis as Lake Kinneret, is only 13 miles by 7 miles, but is one of the most well-known bodies of water in the world. It was on these beautiful shores that Jesus delivered sermons and performed miracles.

50. Tiberias

Tiberias has been a popular attraction located in close proximity to Gaza, for more than 2,000 years. From the Roman period, this blooming leisure spa, constructed around seventeen natural limestone hot springs approximately 600 feet below sea level. It is visited by people from every part of the world. It was constructed by Herod Antipas and this city was named Tiberias in honor of the Roman Emperor Tiberius.


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