Holy Land: Guide to The Archaeological Sites and Historical Monumentsby Fabio Bourbon, Enrico Lavagno
The Holy Land an arena of extreme passions, a land of encounters and conflicts among innumerable people and cultures, the ancestral cradle of all possible opposites - this geographic region boasts over 8,000 years of recorded history. From the sand of its deserts, the shores of the Jordan River, and the darkness of its many caves emerge the remains of Israelite fortresses, Roman theatres, Nabataean cities, Byzantine churches, sumptuous Omayyid palaces, crusader castles, and Arab mosques. In addition to being a valuable tool for the most demanding visitor, Holy Land is an emotional discovery of humanity's crossroads. Enhanced by hundreds of photographs, plans, and reconstruction drawings, the text provides a clear and detailed picture of the inestimable art treasures in Israel, Jordan, and Sinai. All major archaeological sites and monuments are analyzed, from Jerusalem to Petra, from the digs at Caesarea to the centuries old St. Catherine's Monastery, including less known but equally fascinating places such as Gamla, Chorazin, and Pella.
This guide is designed for tourists, art lovers, and the business traveler alike, with a glossary of little-known terms as well as a historic survey. Holy Land is an invaluable the many facets and phases of an extremely complicated landscape that has played such a crucial role in shaping human history and society.
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