A fascinating tour to the ancient Ostia (Ostia Antica)
Did you know that near Rome is one of the oldest, most famous and best-preserved settlements of the Roman Empire? In the heart of a beautiful Park, near mouth (lat.…

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Tourists in Greece can visit the ancient settlement of Akrotiri
On 11 April, the tourists vacationing in Greece, was again able to visit the excavations of Akrotiri on Santorini. The ancient city belongs to the period of the Minoan civilization,…

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The City Of Hebron

Hebron is one of oldest cities in the world and one of the four Jewish Holy cities along with Jerusalem, Tiberias and Tzfat. A city that has become a religious Shrine of three religions, is subject to constant tensions between Arabs and Jews. In addition to biblical attractions, Hebron is attractive for its glass-blowing industry, grapes, figs and olives that grows abundantly in the vicinity of the city.

Hebron is one of the oldest cities in the region, associated with the names of the patriarchs Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and king David. In the Bible, Hebron is also called Mamre and Kiryat Arba. According to the old Testament Abraham bought the cave of Machpelah for 400 shekels of silver at jetanin of Ephron to bury Sarah. In the same cave were later buried Abraham and Jacob and Isaac with their wives. There is a version that in the same cave are buried the remains of the first people on earth – Adam and eve.

Prior to the taking of Jerusalem. for seven years, Hebron was the capital of David’s Kingdom. During the Jewish war, the Romans captured the city and renamed it Abramius. Replaced the Romans came the Byzantines, then the crusaders, Mamluks, and Ottomans. During the six day war, Israeli forces took the city without meeting much resistance. Today live here, mainly Jews from English-speaking countries.

The main Shrine of Hebron – the tomb of the patriarchs, which are revered by all. First of synagogued the cave where the patriarchs are buried, has erected another Herod. Later on its walls the crusaders built the Church of St. Abraham. Now here erected a mosque, the building which was rebuilt several times. Today most of the city is located on the territory of the Palestinian authority, a mosque guarded by the troops, and the Jews are allowed to visit only during limited hours.

Near Hebron, the ruins of the ancient settlement of Alonei-Mamre, where, according to the Bible Abraham was visited by three angels. In Elona-Mamre you can explore the remains of the Byzantine Basilica and the well, called Abraham. Nearby is a hospice belonging to the Russian Orthodox Church. In 1868 the Russian ecclesiastical mission bought a plot of land, where it still grows testiculate oak. According to the legend, the oak tree grew in the place where Abraham met with the angels. Until the 1990s, the oak tree was covered with leaves, today it looks like a dead tree. Oak bark is considered sacred, and many pilgrims who wish to join Bible history, in no small degree contributed to the destruction of testiculate oak.

Archaeologists of the University found in Ecuador, traces of a culture older than 5.5 thousand years
Archaeological expedition of the far Eastern Federal University returned from the coast of Ecuador with a number of unique finds South American culture "Valdivia" age 5.5 to 4 thousand years…

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Fossils
Ammonite, a prehistoric relative of the squid, lived in a twisted spiral shell and swam in the sea. When he died, the soft tissue of his body has rotted or…

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