Mysterious things about Israel

 Mysterious things about Israel

 Israel that lies on the  southeastern side of the Mediterranean Sea and the northern shore of the Red Sea.

This country is having a diverse topography with rich history that dates from older times.

This area was a part of Roman  empire and later, the Byzantine Empire before falling under the control of the fledgling Islamic caliphate in the 7th century CE.

Moreover this place is having some mysterious beliefs, rumours or we can say history that makes it very much unique.

The lists goes on by

Western Wall Tunnel

 In 19 BC , this was g Temple on the Mount  upon  plateau on the hillside and enclosing it with four stone walls.

These walls still remain, the only original part of the historic temple is  now regarded as a holy site for Jews who know it as the Kotel and leave prayers on tiny paper scrolls in its crevices.

The tunnels today are open to the public,  still attracting the history lovers towards it.

Paper prayers can be found tucked into cracks even this far below ground.

The Western Wall Tunnels are slowly being excavated, and new artifacts, from ancient coins to earthenware, are still being found.

 

Galgal Refaim

 This is an ancient megalithic monument, consisting of concentric circles of stone with a tumulus at center.

It is located in the Golan Heights, some 16 kilometres east of the eastern coast of the Sea of Galilee, in the middle of a large plateau covered with hundreds of dolmen.

 

Made up of more than 42,000 basalt rocks arranged in concentric circles, it has a mound 15 feet (4.6 m) tall at its center.

Some circles are complete, others incomplete.

The outermost wall is 520 feet (160 m) in diameter and 8 feet (2.4 m) high.

The establishment of the site, and other nearby ancient settlements, is dated by archaeologists to the Early Bronze Age II period (3000–2700 BCE).

 

Atlit Yam

A unique 9000 Year Old Prehistoric Village Submerged off the Carmel Coast, Israel

It is one of the best preserved submerged prehistoric settlements in the world.

It was discovered and studied during the 1980s and 1990s, while excavations and surveys were carried out in the years 1985-2000.

Sites from this period with published human remains are few, but Atlit Yam yielded a significant number of human burials, which help us in our attempt to understand this vanished society.

 

Zedekiah’s Cave

The possibility that this is an extremely ancient cave, dating from the First Temple period, still requires more substantial evidence than presently available

The cave ceased being utilized when it was blocked by construction and its location became unknown. At what point this occurred is also unclear

The last known documented use of the cave as a stone quarry is connected with the construction of the clock tower above Jaffa Gate. This took place in the early 20th century

It remained sealed until its rediscovery in the winter of 1854.

Thereafter, the cave became a popular tourist site. Entering the vast, dark and mysterious cave took courage and resourcefulness.

It presented a challenge to Jerusalem’s daredevils.

After few  years after its discovery, the authorities forbade people to enter the cave, to prevent its being used as a hideout by enemies of the Ottoman Empire.

 

Masada 

Some believe Masada tells the story of a courageous group of Jewish rebels who bravely thrived while protecting their last rights against the Roman army

Others believe those Jewish rebels were extremists fighting for freedom from an aggressive Roman empire,and from their fellow Jewish neighbors.

Legend says those rebels committed mass suicide before the Romans reached them

 

The case of the decorated dolmen

There are thousands of dolmens in the southern Levant, mainly in Israel, but they are generally undecorated.

 

The new report  published recently in Asian Archaeology, describes the three new dolmens, which the team defines as megalithic burial structures made of unmodified large rocks laid on one another, with no cementing between them.

Now wall decorations have also been found at a dolmen at Meshushim ,

a dolmen was found with a uniquely manipulated capstone ׂׂ(the big rock on top) that could be described as similar to a human face; and on which “cup-marks” were engraved into the ceiling of dolmens.

 

Moreover, there are few facts about Israel that are completely unusual are different from the rest of the world 

  • The ancient land of Israel has thousands upon thousands of archaeological sites; 2000 of them are in Jerusalem alone.
  • The second largest bath complex in the entire Roman empire was built in Israel.
  • Israel is home to the only underwater
  • restaurant. Enjoy a Middle Eastern meal with a difference at The Red Sea Star
  • Israeli bank notes have braille writing on them so the blind can accurately identify them
  • More than nine out of 10 Israeli homes use solar power to heat water.
  • You can buy hummus flavoured ice cream in a shop in Jaffa.
  • Languages spoken in Israel include Marathi, northern Uzbek and Aramaic.

 

Shruti

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