Israel is a land of immense beauty, and vivid colors. When you visit, you will see the Bible go from black, white and red to full color as you experience the land where the events of much of the Bible occurred during your Christian Holy Land Tour. So what colors of Israel will you see and identify with Israel?

The Colors of Israel

Blue

The most obvious color of modern Israel is the color of blue, which is the main color of the Israeli flag. The blue was chosen as the blue used to dye the tassels called the tzitzit. The blue used is in attempt to replicate the dye known as tekhelet, dictated in the Bible. This dye was an industry that eventually died, but it was made from sea snails in the area.

If you don’t have a snail from the Mediterranean nearby, you can use the hex code #0038b8 to get the official Israel blue.

Green

If you go to Eilat on your tour to Israel, you may see the beautiful stone by the same name that was green/blue and mined in the area also known as the King Solomon Stone, due to the belief he mined the stone. This gorgeous gemstone is also the national stone of Israel. The majority of the “Eilat Stone” you see in local shops is actually emulated as the stone was thoroughly mined before and now extremely rare.

Purple

In the ancient world, purple dye or any fabric dyed at all was extremely profitable. They cared how they looked, just like we do today! The purple die was an industry that went on for thousands of years. There is still evidence of the prolific factories along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea and was made of mollusks. At the time the dye was more valuable than gold and only royalty and extremely wealthy could afford it!

It is stated in the Bible that King David, King Solomon and Jesus wore the hue.

Recently, archeologists discovered a piece of fabric dyed purple in the area of Timna that had not faded and was from about the time of King David. It’s the first purple fabric to be found.

Black

As you visit Holy Land sites and see where things are built and rebuilt over the years, you will also notice that there is at times different building styles in the same building. In Capurernaum for example, the synagogue is a gleaming creamy white, but the foundation has black on it. This is basalt. the common building material during Jesus’ time.

This is most common in the Galilee as it was very abundant there. you can still see some buildings in Tiberias made of of basalt.

In the Golan, a site known as the “Stonehenge of the Levant” is there, which is comprised of 42,000 tons of basalt rock in a circular pattern that lines up with the solstices. Its purpose and history is a mystery and even its age is up for debate.

Cream

If there is one color you will see frequently in Jerusalem it is a light tan color that nearly everything is built from! This is limestone, also known as Jerusalem Stone. The rock was plentiful in the area and quarried to make structures throughout Israeli history.

As a bonus, when the sun sets on these limestone structures, it turns to gold, giving another color of Israel! It is said that the Temple was built from the stone and when the sun would shine on it the entire structure glowed on the hill. What a sight that must have been!

See the Colors of Israel for Yourself!

We hope we can introduce you to all the colors of Israel very soon! Contact our Immanuel Tours tour operators to start your risk free proposal and booking!