What to do in “Hebron”, Israel
Hebron is a city in the center of Mount Hebron in the Judean Hills, about 35 km south of Jerusalem. The city is situated at an altitude of 930 meters above sea level, and is one of the oldest cities in the Middle East and one of the oldest cities in the world that has been inhabited almost continuously since ancient times.
According to Jewish tradition, the first fathers and mothers of the nation were buried in the Cave of the Patriarchs in the city, and therefore it is known as the City of the Patriarchs.
In Arabic, the city is called al-Khalil, according to the name of Abraham in the Muslim tradition – Khalil Allah.
Events & Attractions:
In Hebron, there are a variety of recommended tourist sites, such as the Cave of the Patriarchs, where according to Jewish tradition, the fathers and mothers of the nation were buried. According to Islam, which considers Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob as prophets, attributes importance to marking the tombs as their resting place too.
Also, the city holds the tomb of Avner Ben-Ner, the tomb of Otniel Ben Kenaz, the tomb of Jesse and Ruth, the ancient cemetery in Hebron – an ancient cemetery that is still used today, and the Avraham Aveinu Synagogue – a 16th-century synagogue that was destroyed in riots. The Museum of Hebron, which was restored and is now active can also be visited, in addition to the Gutnick Center and “Eshel Avraham” – a tree in western Hebron.
Also, you can enjoy a variety of festivals and events throughout the year, such as the “Mapa and Matza” festival sponsored by the Ministry of Culture and Sport and the Council for the Structure Preservation. The festival takes place during Hol HaMoed and includes creative workshops, guided tours, performances, children’s shows and special meet-ups.
Transportation in Hebron is based mainly on private vehicles and buses.
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