Safed, in Northern Israel, is one of Judaism’s four holy cities along with Jerusalem, Hebron, and Tiberius. Since the 16th century Safed has been known as the center of Kabbalah, Jewish mysticism.

The city itself is picturesque with a maze of cobblestone streets that lead to ancient synagogues. Doors are painted blue throughout the city because the color symbolized Heaven in Kabbalah. The city used to be Israel’s art capital and today you can wander through studio spaces and galleries in the artists colony of the Old City.