List of described attractions by governorates

Palestinian territories consist of two disjunct areas - Gaza Strip and West Bank. These territories are divided into 16 governorates:

Gaza Strip

Deir al-Balah
Khan Yunis
North Gaza

West Bank

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Ramallah and Al-Bireh

Palestine - map

Wikipedia article about Palestine


Al-Aqsa Mosque

Al-Aqsa Mosque, Jerusalem
Al-Aqsa Mosque, Jerusalem.
Lazhar Neftien, Flickr, CC BY 2.0

There are few buildings, which have very special importance in the history of the world. One of them is Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.

This old structure stands on the most sacred land of Jewish people, next to the fundament of the Second Temple and it is the third most important shrine of Muslims (after Masjid al-Haram in Mecca and Al-Masjid al-Nabawi in Medina) and is considered to be the second oldest mosque in the world.

And last but not least - it served as the headquarters of the famous Knights Templar, who got their name thanks to this location.


Main attractions

Palestinian territories (or better simply - Palestine) has very special landmarks. This land has experienced the birth of Judaism and Christian religions and plays very important role also for Muslims. Billions of people see this land as the place of divine presence, with many sites linked to events of extremely high importance for believers and historicians.

Dome of the Rock, Jerusalem
Dome of the Rock, Jerusalem.
beggs, Flickr / CC BY 2.0

Unfortunately - this has not brought much happiness to this chosen land. Even the holy places here are a subject of thousand years old conflicts and the status of Palestine as a country and - Jerusalem as its (or Israeli?) capital - is contested.

Highlights of Palestine are located in Jerusalem and are:

In the area of Palestine are found also very important archaeological monuments - such as the oldest known walled settlement - Jericho, which had a city wall already at 6800 BC.

More than 60 most important landmarks and attractions of Palestine are listed below:

Natural landmarks

Man made heritage

Prehistoric settlements

Ancient settlements

Colonnade in Samaria
Colonnade in Samaria.
Snapshot of the Past, Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0

Cities and towns

Detail of Hisham's Palace
Detail of Hisham's Palace.
Casliber, Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0

Ancient palaces

Judaism shrines

Temple Mount in Old Jerusalem
Temple Mount in Old Jerusalem.
אסף.צ, Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0

Christian shrines

Church of the Holy Sepulchre, interior of cupola
Church of the Holy Sepulchre, interior of cupola.
bachmont, Flickr, CC BY 2.0
Monastery of the Temptation, Jericho
Monastery of the Temptation, Jericho.
Michele Benericetti, Flickr, CC BY 2.0

Christian monasteries

Islamic shrines

Great Mosque of Nablus
Great Mosque of Nablus, beginning of 20th century.
ArchNet, Wikipedia, public domain

Other shrines

Rock-cut tombs

Tomb of Absalom, Jerusalem
Tomb of Absalom, late 19th century.
Jennie King Mellon Library, Flickr, CC BY 2.0

Ancient water supply systems

Hezekiah's Tunnel, Jerusalem
Hezekiah's Tunnel, Jerusalem.
Flavio Grynszpan, Flickr, CC BY 2.0

Sites of legends

Palestine takes large part of Holy Land - an area in Near East between Jordan River and Mediterranean Sea. This small land - and especially - Jerusalem City - is of huge importance for three major world religions - Judaism, Christianism and Islam.

People have attributed enormous importance to the events which took place here, developing many tales and gradually turning these stories into official teachings. Now many millions are visiting the places where some events in the past have taken place... or may be were invented?

Golden Gate, Jerusalem
Golden Gate, Jerusalem.
Svetlana Grechkina, Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0

Other monuments

Qumran Cave No 4
Qumran Cave No 4.
Alan Mayers, Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0

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