Gaza is at the crossroads between Africa and Asia. Famous for its beautiful beaches, delicious seafood, and archeological treasures, Gaza has been a trading port and cultural center for thousands of years.Alexander the Great conquered Gaza in 332 B.C.E. He was later ruled by the Romans. In 637, Gaza became part of the Islamic Empire. The Crusaders invaded Gaza in 1100 and were defeated by Saladin in 1187. The Ottomans took control of Gaza in 1517 and remained in power for over 400 years.Napoleon Bonaparte arrived in Gaza on their way through Palestine in 1799. During the First World War, Gaza was the scene of famous battles, and today there is a serene, beautifully landscaped British war cemetery in the city.Gaza City is rich in history. Omari Grand Mosque is in the Daraj neighborhood of the city. This famous mosque was built in the seventh century on the site of a Roman temple and the name of the second Caliph Omar Ibn Islamic Khattaab.Gaza is also known for its rich archaeological resources. Byzantine ruins and tombs have been excavated in the northern part of Gaza. You can visit these magnificent archaeological sites and see colored mosaics with figures of animals and plants.Another must in Gaza is the Arts and Crafts in the village. An attractive design inspired by traditional Islamic architecture gallery, the town offers to sell embroidery, copper, rugs, and pottery. Also, modern art exhibitions of renowned national and international artists.And do not forget the Gaza Strip that includes other towns such as Khan Yunis, Rafah and Deir Balah, with unique cultural richness and historical sites.Just around the corner from the mosque is the famous souks Dhahab, one of the oldest gold in world markets. Another interesting place in Gaza is the Church of San Prophyrus. This fifth century Greek Orthodox church has a decorated ceiling and an amazing collection of icons.Palestinian Ministry of Tourism & Antiquities


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