Visitors to Israel on a tight schedule can see the entire country in miniature form at Mini Israel, a tourism destination in the Ayalon Valley between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.
The 15-acre site includes more than 350 detailed 1:25 scale models of the country’s most well-known sites and monuments, ranging from the Temple Mount to a bus station.
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Visitors walk along the Mini Israel paths, which are shaped like a Star of David, visiting sites including Mount Hermon, Tel Aviv beach, the churches of Galilee, and the Bahai Gardens.
Thousands of moving figurines with sound effects depict everything from Jews praying at the Western Wall to soccer fans cheering at Teddy Stadium in Jerusalem and Maestro Isaac Stern conducting a violin master class, according to the Jewish Journal, which called the Mini Israel attraction "an exceedingly popular tourist venue."
Tourists can “see it all small” in about three hours, including about 70,000 dwarf plants of species that grow in the various areas of the country.
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Each of the Star of David’s triangles represent an area of the country: Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Haifa, Galilee, the Negev, and the Center.
Audio guides and motorized carts are available to tour the site, and signs are posted in Hebrew, Arabic, and English. An indoor visitor’s center includes a 3-D movie of Israeli landscapes, a film about the creation of the park, eateries, and a souvenir shop. The attraction also offers special events, such as fireworks, concerts, and dance performances.
Mini Israel opened at the end of 2002. The site ranks 378th of 585 attractions in Israel, averaging three and a half out of five stars from 98 reviews, according to TripAdvisor.com
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