Home to Christians, Jews and Muslims, the Holy Land is a region of extraordinary religious, cultural, and social diversity. From the spectacular monuments of the ancient world to the bustling modernity of today's cities, it is a land of contrasts in touch at once with the past and with the future. Here is a book that will take you through these dramatic landscapes. Walk through Jerusalem and visit the celebrated Western Wall; the wondrous Dome of the Rock; the Via Dolorosa--route to the Crucifixion; and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, site of Christ's death, burial, and resurrection. See Nimrod's fortress, the towering citadel that guarded the trade route from Damascus to the Mediterranean coast. Experience the solitude of the dramatic site of Masada, high above the Dead Sea. Learn about Byzantine, Islamic, and Jewish architecture. See the Holy Land as famous painters have seen it and in the words of famous writers. Discover where to shop and where to stop for refreshments. How to take a bus, make a telephone call, find out about concerts, theaters, tours, or festivals, choose a hotel or a restaurant--it's all here, and more, in a stunning format that combines pictures and words to capture the history, the culture, and the treasures of the Holy Land as never before.