Israel is a Middle Eastern country on the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea. It is a small country that packs a punch especially when it comes to interesting facts and tidbits. For instance, did you know that Israel is the only country in the world that has more trees today than it had 50 years ago? With so much to learn about this fascinating country, here are some of the most interesting facts about Israel.
7 of the Most Interesting Facts About Israel
1. Israeli postage stamps use kosher glue
Postage stamp glue is kosher in Israel. This is because the country’s population is mostly Jewish. Kosher foods are those that conform to the Jewish dietary regulations of kashrut. The chief rabbis of Israel certified that the adhesive on the stamps is kosher because most people lick the glue on the stamps to stick them to envelopes.
2. Israel is the home to the lowest point on Earth
The Dead Sea lies 420 meters below sea level. It is the lowest point on Earth. Because of the amount of salt in the water, it’s almost ten times saltier than the ocean, when you enter the Dead Sea you float. Due to its high salinity, animals cannot survive in the water, hence its name.
3. Israel has a lot of museums
Israel is a great place for history buffs. The nation has more museums per capita than any other country in the world. In Israel, there are over 230 museums dedicated to all manner of topics, for instance, art, science, history, design, architecture, technology and sports.
4. Tel Aviv has more Bauhaus-style buildings than any other city
Tel Aviv is famed for its Bauhaus-style architecture. In fact, the city is home to more 1930s Bauhaus-style buildings than any other city in the world. Because of this, UNESCO proclaimed the city a World Heritage Site. You can take a walking tour with the Bauhaus Centre to view some of the best-preserved examples of these Bauhaus buildings.
5. Israel has the second-largest bath complex in the entire Roman Empire
Hamat Gader is located in the Yarmouk River valley. Here you’ll find remains of an ancient Roman bath complex that dates back to the 2nd-century. It lays claim to being the second-largest bath complex in the entire Roman Empire. Nowadays, Hamat Gader is Israel’s largest spa complex and you can visit and enjoy the thermal baths and visit the crocodile farm, too.
6. The Wailing Wall gets more than one million notes a year
The Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem is also called the Wailing Wall. It is a place of prayer and pilgrimage and it is sacred to the Jewish people. Each year, visitors to the Wailing Wall leave millions of hand-written notes in between the cracks of the ancient stone. During Passover and Rosh Hashanah, the notes are taken off the wall and are buried at the nearby Mount of Olives.
7. Jerusalem has more than 2,000 active archaeological sites
Jerusalem was founded in 1010 BCE, but there’s evidence of settlements dating back to 4500 BCE. This means people have continuously lived in Jerusalem for more than 6,500 years. As a result of its long history, there are more than 2,000 active archaeological sites in Jerusalem.