Bethlehem, West Bank

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Where to Go: It may seem an unlikely place to look for street art, but this ancient and sequestered holy city—separated by a fortified wall from neighboring Jerusalem—is actually just the sort of destination politically-minded street artists seek out. Here, along a wall that functions as a cultural as well as physical barrier, artwork seems to speak more loudly.

What to Look For: Several prominent street artists who decorated the wall as part of a 2007 exhibition, “Santa’s Ghetto,” still have work visible—among them Banksy, Swoon, and Blu. But just as striking are the long-limbed painted figures by Israeli artist Know Hope and JR’s series of photo portraits (pictured) of Israelis and Palestinians—seen side by side, mugging for the camera with goofy, undeniably similar faces.

The Best Cities for Street Art

Bethlehem, West Bank

Where to Go: It may seem an unlikely place to look for street art, but this ancient and sequestered holy city—separated by a fortified wall from neighboring Jerusalem—is actually just the sort of destination politically-minded street artists seek out. Here, along a wall that functions as a cultural as well as physical barrier, artwork seems to speak more loudly.

What to Look For: Several prominent street artists who decorated the wall as part of a 2007 exhibition, “Santa’s Ghetto,” still have work visible—among them Banksy, Swoon, and Blu. But just as striking are the long-limbed painted figures by Israeli artist Know Hope and JR’s series of photo portraits (pictured) of Israelis and Palestinians—seen side by side, mugging for the camera with goofy, undeniably similar faces.

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