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The Train Theatre

This is a lovely theatre, central to Jerusalem, with fun performances for children. Plays are in English and Hebrew and are great for children from ages two and upwards. There are normally five or six plays showing, with up to 10 in summer when schools are out. Some of the favorites here have been, 'Rabbits and Balloons', a story-theatre for toddlers, and 'The Marzipan Fairy', a beautiful tale for children aged three years plus.

Shrine Of The Book

The Shrine of the Book or Heikhal HaSefer is a significant part of The Israel Museum, not only because of its unique architecture but also for its collection. Its white dome and black basalt wall embodies the War Scroll that was found along with the Dead Sea Scrolls. Besides the famous Dead Sea Scrolls, it also features archaeological relics, rare texts of the Hebrew Bible, Aleppo Codex and the Isaiah Scroll. There are also digital presentations of these ancient artifacts.

Museum of Taxes

Situated in the Customs and VAT Department building, this one room museum (one of two tax museums in the world) opened in 1964 to educate the public about the tax process in Israel and around the Jewish world. The wall exhibition which is a little faded tells the history of tax from biblical and ancient times to the present. Part of the museum is dedicated to customs and there is a display of items confiscated at the border, such as shoes with diamonds stuffed inside their wooden soles, a life jacket filled with narcotics and a dress padded with cigarette roll-up paper. Entrance is free.

Dead Sea

Lying in the Jordan Rift Valley, this stunning quirk of nature is one of the world's most-visited destinations. The Dead Sea, known for its saline-rich waters, covers a surface area of 605 square kilometers (234 square miles), and is considered to be the deepest hypersaline lake in the world. Such is the prevalence of salt in its staggering sprawl (34.2 %), that it is absolutely non-conducive to the growth of living organisms, giving the sea its rather gloomy name. The sea's incredibly buoyant waters attract scores of visitors each year to float in its mineral-rich waters; in fact, the Dead Sea was one of the first-known natural health resorts in the world. There are several places of interest scattered around the lake as well, including the Qumran caves where the Dead Sea scrolls were found, the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve with its exquisite wildlife, and the historical Roman Fortress of Masada.

Mini Israel

Mini Israel is a miniature version of the beautiful country. Showcasing its attractions, markets, religious areas, natural habitats and everything that follows; the park has garnered immense popularity. The place came into existence in the year 2002 and has bagged its place among the top must-visits, of the city. This impeccable piece of art, invites you to spend sometimes, relishing the architectural marvels of the city, just a little smaller.

Mea Shearim

Mea She'arim was quite a fashionable and modern neighborhood in the 1870s when it was established; it is now the home of many orthodox Jewish sects. Despite its quaint appearance, this neighborhood is really full of life with several institutions for religious study and schools for children of the locality. At the shops lining its streets, you can buy almost anything in the Judaica line: mezuzah cases (parchments inscribed with Hebrew verses), challah (braided bread), tefillin (religious leather boxes used for prayer), the musical instrument shofar and kosher food. A special market opens to sell the holy Four Species before the holiday of Sukkot, and every window will be lit with oil lamps during Hanukkah. As this is a conservative neighborhood, it is advisable to dress modestly, visit in smaller groups and observe silence or talk in low voices whenever possible.

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