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Jericho: The Ancient City of Biblical Proportions

As a child, Jericho (to me), was a fantasy land where walls miraculously fell down at the blowing of trumpets and the marching of men. It was a biblical city that somehow never felt like an actual location that could be visited. Fast forward to present day, and the very real destination, is just as intriguing to my adult self as it was all those years ago.

Jericho has been called the world’s oldest, continuously-inhabited city with a history that dates back over 10,000 years (take a minute to let that number soak in). Centuries upon centuries have come and gone and it has lived to tell its stories. It is here that archaeologists have found evidence of the first development of permanent settlements in the region, thus marking the city as one of the earliest adopters of civilization.

Located 22 miles from Jerusalem, the ancient destination has somewhat modernized over the years, but still remains a relatively small farming town. In its early years, around 8,000 BCE, inhabitants had grown into an organized community of about 2,000 to 3,000 people. Its residents built a stone wall around the city and moved from being hunters to farmers, acquiring a new progressive way of life. Unfortunately due to the outbreak of the Palestinian War in 2000, the city never became the major tourist attraction that the Palestinian Authority hoped it’d be following the 1994 Oslo Peace Agreement.

Nicolle Monico

Nicolle is an award-winning writer and Travel Editor using her expertise in the industry to write about luxury travel around the world. You can find her daily searching the web for the latest trends, best new hotels and most beautiful destinations to visit and share with her readers. She's been featured on The Huffington Post, Hard Assets, AMD Entertainment and Remy Martin. In 2014, she was vo...(Read More)

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