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Israel's Famous Landmarks: 6 Architectural Sites to See

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The Design Museum Holon. (Kfir Sivan/Israel Sun/Landov)

By    |   Sunday, 07 Sep 2014 04:02 PM

Israel’s famous architectural landmarks offer travelers insight into the country’s history with a unique blend of styles created by current international design trends and also thousands of years of traditional design.

The many countries that occupied Israel over the centuries incorporated design elements into the architecture, and visitors can expect to see everything from Brazilian and Japanese influences to the Le Corbusier style of Tel Aviv, which brings in elements of Odessa, Moscow, and Warsaw.

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“The Le Corbusier style was a strong influence on Israeli architects ... who emulated the clean-cut and efficient ‘white cities’ of southern Spain, the French Riviera, southern Italy, Greece and Turkey,” the Jewish Virtual Library said. “These architects also modeled Tel Aviv on the cities of North Africa with their cubist-like flat roofs and white walls broken up into small units.”

The eclectic mix of architectural styles that dot Israel’s landscape make sightseeing interesting. Here are just a few of the must-see buildings in the country:

• The International YMCA in Jerusalem was designed by architect Arthur Louis Harmon, the same person who worked on the design of New York’s Empire State Building. The building has Byzantine, Romanesque, Gothic and neo-Moorish styles, and even its foundation stones have meanings, as they are believed to have been taken from quarries used to build the Second Temple.

• The Tel Aviv Museum was built in 1932, and its unusual, sharply angled roofline is distinctive. The exterior surface is made of "430 polished cement panels" and breaks in modules that create a vertical "light fall" that floods the building with natural light, Israel21c said.

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• The Design Museum Holon was called "a temple to modernity" by Conde Nast Traveller, which pointed out that the building’s fluid curves are located just outside Tel Aviv in an area that was once sand dunes.

“An unremarkable town with a remarkable museum, it inevitably draws comparisons with Bilbao and its Guggenheim, though with nowhere near the budget,” the website said. “But architecturally it is a first for Tel Aviv, too, which has nothing to rival Arad's striking, curvilinear structure.”

• Although beautiful modern structures are found throughout Israel, many travelers visit the country on religious pilgrimages. The remnants of King Herod’s buildings, particularly the Second Temple, highlight the country’s Greek Hellenistic roots.

The temple was destroyed in 70 ACE by Titus’s Romans, but visitors can walk the excavations and see the white marble used, and the closed arches of the Hulda Gates.

• Herod was also known as an innovator when it came to building, combining in the country for the first time palaces and fortresses. Herodiom, located near Bethlehem, Antonia Fortress of Jerusalem, and Masada, in the country’s Southern District, are all examples of Herod’s designs.

• The Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth is considered one of the most beautiful churches in the Middle East. The first church was built on the site in 427 AD during the Byzantine times. It was destroyed and rebuilt numerous times, and the remains of its former incarnations are visible today. The church there today was constructed in the 1960s.

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