See all of Israel, small, at Mini Israel (Israel Insider)
By Ellis Shuman May 7, 2004
Visitors to Israel might not have the time to visit all the sites, from Eilat in the south to Mount Hermon in the north. Now tourists, and veteran Israelis as well, can see all of Israel in miniature at the Mini Israel theme park located near Kibbutz Nachshon.
Based on the successful Madurodam in Holland and over 45 other miniature cities around the world, the Mini Israel park encompasses 13 acres (60 dunams) and is suitable for visitors of all ages. Young children will be enthralled by the animated worshippers at the models of the Western Wall and Temple Mount; older adults will be fascinated by the architectural detail given to reconstructions of the Latrun Monastery and Jerusalem's YMCA complex.
Particularly interesting is Mini Israel's reconstruction of Masada. Here visitors can see the Roman legionnaires making their way up the newly constructed earth ramps as they prepare to storm the Zealots' fortress. But looking closely, one can spot miniature cameramen alongside the tiny Roman figurines, filming the Masada story and instructing the Romans in their staged actions.
I wonder how long it will be before we have 3-D, VR Israel online. Ancient and modern. But in the meantime, this is pretty cool.