NAME THAT COUNTRY Episode 34

 This site is located on the northern coast of our mystery country. It’s one of the world’s oldest continuously inhabited places. It changed hands as a major port from Phoenicians to Greeks to Romans to various Muslim dynasties to Crusaders to Ottomans, and for a time, was one of the two most populous cities in the country. Today, the 12-century fortress of the Knights Hospitaller, known as the Knights’ Halls, is a popular attraction. The founder of the Baha’i faith spent the last years of his life here and his shrine is the most important place of pilgrimage for the Baha’i faithful. The city is also full of lovely old mosques, churches and synagogues.

Can you name that country? What about the site?
See below for answers.

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Foto Friday – Israel

For your viewing pleasure, some random images of Israel.

mosaic at Tabgha, photo courtesy of IMOT

mosaic at Tabgha, photo courtesy of IMOT

Mt. Tabor, photo courtesy of IMOT

Mt. Tabor, photo courtesy of IMOT

yarmulkas, photo by Noam Chen, courtesy of IMOT

yarmulkas, photo by Noam Chen, courtesy of IMOT

Jordan River, photo courtesy of IMOT

Jordan River, photo courtesy of IMOT

cranes in the Hula Valley, photo by Itamar Grinberg, courtesy of IMOT

cranes in the Hula Valley, photo by Itamar Grinberg, courtesy of IMOT

the Garden Tomb, Jerusalem, photo by Noam Chen, courtesy of IMOT

the Garden Tomb, Jerusalem, photo by Noam Chen, courtesy of IMOT

Akko (Acre), photo courtesy of IMOT

Akko (Acre), photo courtesy of IMOT

Holy Sepulchre Church, Jerusalem, photo by Noam Chen, courtesy of IMOT

Holy Sepulchre Church, Jerusalem, photo by Noam Chen, courtesy of IMOT

Circassians in traditional dress, photo by Itamar Grinberg, courtesy of IMOT

Circassians in traditional dress, photo by Itamar Grinberg, courtesy of IMOT

traditional Circassian dance & dress, photo by Itamar Grinberg, courtesy of IMOT

traditional Circassian dance & dress, photo by Itamar Grinberg, courtesy of IMOT

Circassian boy demonstrates a traditional dance move, photo by Itamar Grinberg, courtesy of IMOT

Circassian boy demonstrates a traditional dance move, photo by Itamar Grinberg, courtesy of IMOT

Anemones in bloom in the Galilee, photo by Itamar Grinberg, courtesy of IMOT

Anemones in bloom in the Galilee, photo by Itamar Grinberg, courtesy of IMOT

deer on Mount Carmel, photo by Itamar Grinberg, courtesy of IMOT

deer on Mount Carmel, photo by Itamar Grinberg, courtesy of IMOT

Rosh Hanikra, photo by Itamar Grinberg, courtesy of IMOT

Rosh Hanikra, photo by Itamar Grinberg, courtesy of IMOT

Jezreel Valley, photo courtesy of IMOT

Jezreel Valley, photo courtesy of IMOT

Church of the Primacy of Peter, Tabgh, photo by Itamar Grinberg, courtesy of IMOT