It not just any holy city, it is a holy city multiplied by three. Jerusalem is considered to be holy to followers of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. It is where the 1st century exists side by side with the 21st, and where quaint old neighborhoods are located among gleaming high-rises.
Stretched along miles of gorgeous Mediterranean coastline, Tel Aviv, founded in 1909 as part of the Ottoman Empire in Palestine, is Israel’s first modern Hebrew city. Unlike other cities in the country, there are no holy sites here, rather a smorgasbord of nightclubs, bars, art galleries, and miles upon miles of stunning beaches. The unique Bahaus style of architecture of the city is reflected in the white and off white buildings with their distinctive curvilinear balconies, building columns and flat roofs, and has led to Tel Aviv being called the White City. In 2003, the White City was proclaimed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The Bahaus School of architecture, of which Tel Aviv has the largest number of examples in the world, actually originated in Germany and was brought to the city by Jewish refugees who sought shelter in Palestine during the Second World War. The city has a vibrant cultural and literary life. Most of the country’s newspapers are published in Tel Aviv and there is a thriving Hebrew theater scene. The recent economic boom powered by a burgeoning tech industry has led to large scale construction projects – steel and concrete skyscrapers, luxury hotels, shopping malls and stock exchanges line the Tel Aviv skyline. Unexpectedly, there is also a flourishing sex industry as evident from the number of ads in tourist brochures and magazines.