Must-see attractions in West Bank

  • Saint Sabas (Arabic: Mar Saba) monastery, in the Judean desert on the southern cliffs of the Kidron creek.

    Mar Saba Monastery

    Bethlehem

    A must-see on any journey through the Holy Land is Mar Saba Monastery, a bleak and beautiful 20km drive east of Bethlehem (beyond Beit Sahour).

  • Exterior of the Yasser Arafat Museum in Ramallah.

    Yasser Arafat Museum

    Ramallah

    Next to the ornate tomb of the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat is a new museum that bears his name. Divided into two parts, the first half traces…

  • Freedom Theatre

    West Bank

    Set in Jenin's refugee camp, the Freedom Theatre has persevered in the face of unimaginable odds, including the assassination of its founder, Juliano Mar…

  • The interior of the Nativity church, Bethlehem, West bank, Israel.

    Church of the Nativity

    Bethlehem

    For the millions of pilgrims who descend on the Holy Land every year, the Church of the Nativity is the main reason for visiting Bethlehem. The church,…

  • Ruins of Samaritan Temple on Mount Gherisim, Israel.

    Samaritan Ruins

    West Bank

    The ancient site of the Samaritan Temple is a 10-minute walk uphill from the village, via a locked gate: ring the intercom and a guard will let you…

  • Ibrahimi Mosque/Tomb of the Patriarchs

    West Bank

    The focal point of Hebron for most visitors is the Tomb of the Patriarchs (Cave of Machpelah), known to Muslims as Ibrahimi Mosque (Ibrahim is the Muslim…

  • Sebastia

    West Bank

    Sebastia is a collection of ruins above a village of the same name that is believed to be one of the oldest continuously inhabited places in the West Bank.

  • Tell Balata Archaelogical Park

    West Bank

    Tell Balata is the remains of what is believed to be the first settlement in Nablus, the Canaanite town of Shechem, dating from the first and second…

  • Jacob’s Well

    West Bank

    Near the entrance to Balata, the largest refugee camp in the West Bank, is the spot where Christians believe a Samaritan woman offered Jesus a drink of…

  • Dar Zahran Heritage Building

    Ramallah

    One of Ramallah's oldest buildings, Dar Zahran was restored and converted into a gallery-cum-museum in 1990, and plans are now underway for a coffee shop…

  • Museum of Palestinian Heritage

    Bethlehem

    This impressive museum in the new complex of buildings opposite Soloman's Pools is the personal collection of one man, Ishaq al Hroub, who gathered this…

  • Al Rowwad Centre

    Bethlehem

    Al Rowwad is buried in the narrow streets of Aida refugee camp and is best visited as part of an organised tour. The centre is a wealth of information on…

  • Canaan Fair Trade

    West Bank

    Located 2km beyond Buqi’in, this olive-oil factory practises fair-trade policy with its farmers. A tour of the factory includes a tasting, and if you want…

  • Taybeh Winery

    West Bank

    Canaan, the son of Taybeh Brewery founder Nadim Khoury, began making wine in this modern facility below the Taybeh Golden Hotel in 2013 and now produces…

  • Herodium

    Bethlehem

    King Herod’s spectacular fortress-palace, Herodium, built between 23 and 15 BCE, was known through the centuries to Arab inhabitants as the Mountain of…

  • Rachel’s Tomb

    Bethlehem

    In a desolate corridor created by Israel’s separation wall and near the main checkpoint into town on the Israeli side, stands Rachel’s Tomb. Rachel is…

  • Hebron Glass and Ceramics Factory

    West Bank

    This factory on the outskirts of Hebron, on the main road into the city from the north, has been in the Natsheh family for 350 years. Visitors can observe…

  • Greek Orthodox Church of St George

    West Bank

    On the periphery of Burqi’in, the Greek Orthodox Church of St George is built on the site where Jesus is said to have healed 10 lepers. Believed to be one…

  • Touqan Soap Factory

    West Bank

    One of a number of soap factories open to visitors in Nablus, Touqan opened in 1872, and the techniques of soap making here have not changed much since…

  • Samaritan Museum

    West Bank

    Members of an ancient religion closely related to Judaism, the Samaritans believe that Mt Gerizim was not only the first piece of land ever created but…

  • Nelson Mandela Square

    Ramallah

    It appears that a visit to Ramallah is no longer complete without a stop at this towering statue of the late Nelson Mandela for a selfie. Unveiled in 2016…

  • Souq

    Bethlehem

    Has a range of fruit and vegetables, meat and fish, junk, shoes and some mighty tasty snacks. Known to locals as the Green Market, the souq was…

  • Solomon’s Pools

    Bethlehem

    During Roman times, a series of natural springs filled three mammoth rectangular reservoirs supplying water via aqueducts to Jerusalem and Herodium. King…

  • Mosque of Omar

    Bethlehem

    Opposite the Church of the Nativity and named after the second Muslim caliph, Omar Ibn Al Khattab, this is the only mosque in Bethlehem’s Old City. It was…

  • Mahmoud Darwish Museum

    Ramallah

    Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish was buried on this hilltop in Al Masyoun after his death in 2008, and this recently completed complex in his honour is…

  • Lutheran Christmas Church

    Bethlehem

    Built in the 19th-century church, the Lutheran Christmas Church is linked to the International Center of Bethlehem and was inaugurated by Kaiser Wilhelm…

  • St Catherine’s Church

    Bethlehem

    Midnight Mass at this pink-toned church, next door to the Church of the Nativity, is broadcast across the world on Christmas Eve, but there’s nothing like…

  • Shepherds’ Field

    Bethlehem

    If you’ve always wondered where exactly ‘shepherds watched their flocks by night’, drop into Shepherds’ Field, a parklike area just outside Beit Sahour…

  • Bethlehem Museum

    Bethlehem

    The museum, housed in a typical 19th-century Palestinian home, is made up of three rooms recreated as a traditional Bethlehem family abode, with many…

  • Masjid Jenin Al Kabir

    West Bank

    With its unmissable green roof, Masjid Jenin Al Kabir (Jenin Great Mosque), was built in 1566 on the orders of Fatima Khatun, then wife of the Governor of…

  • International Center of Bethlehem

    Bethlehem

    This Lutheran-run centre puts on concerts, plays, films, English-language documentaries, workshops and lectures. There’s also a coffee shop, guesthouse,…

  • Al Kebir Mosque

    West Bank

    Al Kebir Mosque (Great Mosque) is built on the site of an earlier Crusader church and Byzantine and Roman basilicas. Bits and pieces of its earlier…

  • Milk Grotto Chapel

    Bethlehem

    A short walk from Manger Sq is the lesser-known Milk Grotto Chapel. Legend has it that Mary and Joseph stopped here to feed the baby during their flight…

  • Khalil Sakakini Centre

    Ramallah

    Hosts art exhibitions by the locally and internationally renowned, along with a whole host of other cultural pursuits. Check the website for upcoming…

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