For anyone interested in history, Israel is one of the most fascinating places in the world. Home to some of the world's most famous religious tourist attractions, Israel is often thought of purely as a pilgrimage destination. Not only because of the sheer number of historical sites but that they are all within relatively close proximity to each other. After all, this is where some of the main events for those of the Jewish, Muslim, and Christian faiths is said to have happened.

Israel is a country which, despite it’s small geographic size, has made immense scientific and technological contributions. It is much more than the desert that characterizes it, or the Middle Eastern cultural assumptions usually associated with the country. Check out our list of surprising facts you might not know about Israel.