Haifa is a seaport located on Israel's Mediterranean coastline in the Bay of Haifa, about 90 km north of Tel Aviv. It is the third-largest city in the country, after Jerusalem and Tel Aviv and the largest in northern Israel.

It is built on the slopes of the historic Mount Carmel. The city is today home to a mixed population of Jews and Arabs, as well as to the Bahá'í World Centre, and two world-class academic institutions, the University of Haifa and the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology. High tech companies such as Intel, IBM, Microsoft, Motorola, and Google have opened R&D facilities in Haifa in recent years. Haifa is home to Jews, Muslim and Christian Arabs, Ahmadis (in Kababir), Druze (in Daliyat al-Carmel), and Bahá'ís, Carmelites and is often identified as a montage of peaceful coexistence.

Both Mount Carmel and Kishon River are noted in the Bible. Mount Carmel is riddled with caves, and one of those near Haifa is known as the "Cave of Elijah", and considered by many Jews, Muslims, Christians, Bahai, and Carmelites to have been the home of the biblical Prophet Elijah and his apprentice, Elisha. In fact, the Carmelites were founded at, and named after, Mount Carmel, in the 12th century.

Haifa’s main tourist attraction is the Bahá'í World Centre, with the golden Shrine of the prophet Báb and the surrounding gardens. Other attractions include the restored German Colony of Haifa, founded by the Templers, Stella Maris church and the Carmelite monastery. Moreover, the artist's village of Ein Hod, near Haifa, is a lovely village to visit.

An added attraction exists with Mount Carmel national park. Here, visitors can see the caves where Neanderthal and early Human remains were found, sites where tradition places Elijah's confrontation with the Ba'al prophets, and where now another Carmelite monastery is located. The Carmel is also a popular hiking area.


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