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Get a sneak peek of landlocked Jerusalem’s new aquarium

The 70,000-square-foot aquarium is set to open later this month.


July 7, 2017 | Latest Photo Prev Next
A visitor to the new Gottesman Family Israel Aquarium.A visitor to the new Gottesman Family Israel Aquarium.Photo: AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP/Getty Images
July 7, 2017 | Latest Photo

Jerusalem's largest body of water is now housed indoors.

The Gottesman Family Israel Aquarium – set to open later this month – houses 30 tanks, half a million gallons of seawater and an abundance of sea creatures ranging from sharks to coral.

Visitors to the new Gottesman Family Israel Aquarium.The aquarium took six years to build. (Photo: Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Images)

The space – which covers 70,000 square feet and has already welcomed a variety of fish – will feature marine life from Israel's Mediterranean and Red Seas as well as the Sea of Galilee and even certain parts of the Dead Sea.

Aside from providing a fun experience for visitors, the aquarium hopes to educate the public about the importance of conservation and preservation of local marine life.

A visitor to the new Gottesman Family Israel Aquarium.A visitor to the aquarium eyes a stingray. (Photo: Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Images)

A visitor to the new Gottesman Family Israel Aquarium.An underground walkway is one of the highlights of the aquarium. (Photo: Gali Tibbon/AFP/Getty Images)

An employee at the new Gottesman Family Israel Aquarium.The new Gottesman Family Israel Aquarium houses 30 tanks and half a million gallons of seawater. (Photo: Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Images)

A visitor to the new Gottesman Family Israel Aquarium eyes a fish.Educating the public about conservation and preservation of maritime life is a main objective of the new aquarium. (Photo: Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Images)

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