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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: DK Travel; 1st edition (March 15, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789451700
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789451705
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #835,523 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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He just got back from his trip, and said that this book had been extremely helpful.
W. Mecum
It is a very comprehensive, complete travel guide with beautiful pictures and lots of good information.
Eunice M. Fennig
I would highly recommend this book for home use or as a resource for a trip to the Holy Land.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Gabriel Fisher on June 26, 2000
This book is a wonderul way to get acquainted with the Holy Land. Even after 25 trips I learned a number of things and picked up some tips for my next trip over.What makes this book so stunning is the incredible photos, diagrams and artists conception. You see it! You are there. There is as well all kinds of practical information on services In Israel as well as information on Jordan. For anyone going, thinking about going, or just going on a mental tour this is the book.
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Marc Ruby™ HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on February 16, 2002
This book is a rare treat. I've had the Dorling Kindersley guide for San Francisco for quite some time now, and have always found it colorful and helpful. But I am not a frequent traveler, so it never occurred to me that a travel guide might be useful for other things than trip planning. As usual, it takes a friend to give you something you would never have bought for yourself. Now that I have this little guide to the Holy Land I don't understand how I ever did without it.
These guides are beautifully made for their size, and will outlast most of the disasters that plague the serendipitous. Illustrations, maps, and diagrams are many and all easy to read, even for one with eyes as bad as mine. Sections on history intersperse deep dives into the land, its sights and points of interest. While some of the history is oversimplified, the descriptive information is clear as a bell. It is impossible to turn more than a few pages without coming up with a list of must sees and things to do.
The largest part of the book covers Jerusalem thoroughly (136 pages). Smaller sections then introduce the Holy Land overall, the Coast and Galilee, the Dead Sea and the Negev, Western Jordan, and the Red Sea and Sinai. Whew! Quite a lot! There are also good references on hotels, restaurants, shops, and entertainment. It finishes up with a handy survival guide. All in a moderate size that is perfect for a backpack or tote bag. My only complaint it that the publisher did not provide any blank pages for notes.
So what does a non-traveler such as I want with such a volume. The truth is that it is a marvelously handy reference for anyone who has an interest in biblical history, archeology, or religion.
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If you want to see the world, these eyewitness books are almost as good as traveling. This book has over 800 full-color photographs taken especially for this guide. They show you Jerusalem and the Holy Land at its best.

You will find detailed and accurate street finder maps which give you instant access to each district. The unique cutaways and floor plans are fascinating and help you explore public buildings so you don't have to purchase other guides. The "survival" guide shows you how to use local currency, public transportation and telephones.

The cafes, hotels and restaurants listed are in all price ranges. On the front and back covers, there is a flip out flap which gives information on the color coded pages and symbols used in the book. This is quite handy.

I could not help thinking that this book would be invaluable for those interested in the politics of the regions discussed. Too often we just see a snippet of news and a flash of video and we have no idea where the action is taking place. This book explains the Muslim Quarter, the Jewish Quarter, the Christian Quarter and the Armenian Quarter. You will know where the Dome of the Rock is and were the Western Wall is located.

The guide begins with a introduction on how to use the guide and then gives an introduction to Jerusalem and The Holy Land. If you want to know the history of the region, that is also included. You will find information on Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Religious holidays are fully explained and this makes this book invaluable for writers as well.

You can visually take a walk called the Via Dolorosa, which is said to be the path Jesus took from where he was tried to Calvary. Countless pilgrims walk the route.
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 11, 2004
I got this guide because I love DK books, but I was disappointed by several things: the map of Jerusalem is incomplete, there are numerous typos and grammatical errors throughout the book, there is outdated material in the book, there are several biased opinions about the cultures, and it does not acknowledge some precautions travellers should take in venturing into certain neighborhoods that could be dangerous.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By John E. Agurkis Jr. on May 6, 2003
In preparation for, or in review of a trip to Israel, this guidebook is a must have. Outstanding pictures and concise, yet acuurate information abounds. One of the best Holy Land guidebooks on the market.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By John Miller on January 24, 2007
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I found this book very, very useful. I used exclusively for a recent trip and it provided the general information I like. It is compact and extensive, with lots of great pictures. If a reader wants detail, then they need a different resource.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By W. Mecum on June 1, 2007
I bought this book for my dad for Christmas because he was planning on going to Israel for a week. He's a "planner" type, and had already made himself a complete itinerary. After reading it, he changed his whole itinerary! He just got back from his trip, and said that this book had been extremely helpful. One bit of advise, he said that to go to some of the places, you either need to go with a tour group, or hire a personal guide for the day. He opted for the second option and was able to see more than most people can accomplish in a week.
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