Haifa – The Ancient and the State-of-the-Art
Haifa is as rich in history as it is in scientific and technological achievements. Nestled on the Carmel Mountain, spectacular views to the Mediterranean sea on one side, can be enjoyed simultaneously at Haifa’s highest points, with views of the rolling hills of the Galilee and even on a clear day, the snow-capped axiom of Mount Hermon in the Golan Heights. One of the most compelling spots on earth, Haifa is a junction of the world’s major monotheistic religions – Judaism, Christianity and Islam – and as such, it is a city of peace and coexistence.
The meeting place of three continents, the port of Haifa has been home to a vast array of people, all of whom have left their mark through different cultures, customs and traditions. In Haifa – as in Israel – it is impossible to miss the remnants of fortresses, shrines, arches and columns that dot every hillside and line every lane.
Within the colorful mosaic that is Israel, the Technion is located in Haifa, capital of northern Israel. Home to over a quarter of a million residents, the city is considered the gateway to the Galilee. Throughout the years, it also gained a name for its diversity and tolerance. Haifa has an outstanding record of coexistence among its population of Jews, Christians, Muslims and other minorities clearly reflects its cultural and religious harmony.
An hour’s drive from Tel Aviv, the city is less than two hours away from Jerusalem. Overlooking the entire northern coast of Israel, Haifa is bordered on one side by a forest and on the other side by the Mediterranean sea. In between, sits a bustling center of high tech, housing giants of both Israeli and foreign industry. This technological hub has spawned some of the world’s most important scientific breakthroughs.