Jericho and the Dead Sea


Jericho (in Arabic: A Riha) is a Palestinian city located in the West Bank of Jordan. Its name means « moon » indicating that the city was an early centre of worship for lunar deities. It is the lowest city in the world at 250 meters below sea level and also the oldest inhabited city in the whole world, archaeologists have unearthed the remains of more than 20 successive settlements dating back 9,000 years. Jericho was a fortification until around 8000 BC. It is an oasis in the heart of the desert and the region offers many opportunities for walking to explore the monasteries of St George and the Mount of Temptations which cling to the surrounding rock faces. Also near the city are the caves where the famous Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered Here is the Dead Sea’s whose high concentration of salt means that you will float like a cork!

The city now has a population of about 25,000 inhabitants. Jericho has been referred to as the « city of palms » where an abundance of warm and cold water springs enable the cultivation of lemons, oranges, bananas, oilseed, melons, figs and grapes. The development of farming sugar cane was introduced by the Crusaders.It was occupied by the Israeli army in 1967 as was the West Bank and Gaza, and after a period of Israeli reoccupation during the second intifada, Jericho returned to the Palestinian Authority on 16th March 2005.

The Dead Sea is one of the greatest wonders of the world. This sea, which is actually a lake and is entirely surrounded by dry land, is the richest natural salt deposit in the world.

TheDead Sea is the lowest area on the planet. It is in fact around 400 meters below the level of theMediterranean.

Saturated with salts which are good for the skin, the waters of the Dead Sea enable bathers to float rather than sink. And because it is located at the lowest point on earth, there is dense atmosphere in the water which acts as a natural filter, protecting against the sunlight, there is also a higher than average concentration of non-polluted oxygen. All these factors are unique to the Dead Sea Spa, the most popular and most natural spa in the world, which provides exceptional benefits to the health and wellbeing of your skin.

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