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Strangest Attractions in Jerusalem

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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.

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 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.

A public art installation, The Mifletzet has garnered attention from all quarters for its preposterous design. Designed by the French American artist Niki de Saint Phalle, The Mifletzet, meaning the monster, is officially known as The Golem. The black and white head comprises of eyes that are wide-open, horns and three tongues that roll out of the monster’s head to serve as slides. Though the structure was initially disapproved by the Jerusalem Parks Commission in 1972 for being too scary for kids, the Mifletzet, once approved, soon became quite a hit with children of all ages that visited the park. If you have some time to spare, certainly head to Rabinovich Park, and take a glimpse of this strange attraction.

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