UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Israel

Many travelers have a bucket list to see all of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, of which there are a total of 1121 sites to visit. Some travelers simply want to visit some of the more popular UNESCO World Heritage Sites in a particular area, like Israel, of which there are 9 in total. The reason these Sites are created is to help preserve the cultural and natural integrity of any Sites, as many are in jeopardy of being lost forever.

 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Israel

Israel is a country that offers more than 3000 years of history and culture. Israel has boasting rights when it comes to a country that has the highest concentration of UNESCO World Heritage Sites located in a small area. The list below includes 3 of the more popular UNESCO World Heritage Sites that can be seen and explored when visiting Israel.


1. Masada. This World Heritage Site was listed in 2001, and offers visitors some of the most spectacular views in all of Israel. The Site is a natural fortress carved into the mountains, is a little more than 1300 feet above sea level, and overlooks the Dead Sea. The fortress was built by Herod the Great in order to protect the Roman palace, and wasn’t discovered until 1960, which means the Site has been intact for more than 13 centuries.

 2. The White City of Tel Aviv. This World Heritage Site was acknowledged in 2003 for its unique architecture. The Site was constructed between the years of 1930 and 1950, and is considered to be a great example of “new town planning”. The ultimate goal of planning the 4000 buildings that make up this White City, was to use a combination of current trends, and was led by innovative architect Sir Patrick Geddes. While some other buildings have undergone minimal renovations over the years, the original design of the buildings is preserved.

 3. The Negev Incense Route. This World Heritage Site is one that was used to transport incense and spices from one town to another. The entire Route is a little less than 1250 miles, making it a main Route in between the towns located on the route, i.e., Haluza, Shivta. The Route was designated as a Unesco World Heritage Site in 2005, and allows visitors to explore and learn about how residents navigated the Route, as well as the advanced planning used to make the Route usable and thus profitable.

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