Jerusalem is the center and birthplace of Christianity, as it is the spiritual home of Judaism and Islam. These three faiths peg their origins to Abraham, the supposed historical father of Islam and Judaism, and spiritual father of Christians. Pilgrims from all over the world come to Jerusalem. Although pilgrimages are not as important for Christians as they are for Muslims, thousands of Christians make their way to Jerusalem every year, specifically to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
Introducing Jerusalem, Israel
It is the holiest city in the world, filled with thousands of years in history, combined with splendid and modern architecture and a vibrant culture. This is Jerusalem, one of the world’s top destinations. Unsurprisingly the most popular spots are the holy sites, and one needs at least three days to completely experience them all.
For many centuries, Christians from all over the world have come to visit the Mount of Olives and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, which is said to contain the tomb of Jesus. Aside from these, the Old City walls houses all the other holy sites, so you can drop by Western Wall, the Temple Mount, the Dome of the Rock, the Via Dolorosa and the Hurva Synagogue. The Old City has 4 Quarters, namely Armenian, Jewish, Christian and Muslim quarters, all of them together in complete harmony.
To awaken your senses, drop by the Machane Yehuda Market for fresh fruit and vegetables, cheese, exotic spices, wine, coffee, baked goods and local dishes. Then, you can walk off the excess calories at Wohl Rose Park, which is located right at the foot of the Supreme Court of Israel. With more than 15,000 rose bushes in bloom, it has been named as one of the 11 most beautiful rose gardens in the world.
For a truly meaningful tour, visit the Yad Vashem, Israel’s memorial to the Holocaust victims, featuring film footage, interviews with survivors, artifacts, historical documents and personal items.
The Ein Karem neighborhood is a favorite weekend spot for tourists and locals alike, due to the peace and quiet that the place has to offer. Many Christians make a pilgrimage here because it is said to be the place where Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist, miraculously got pregnant. This is also the place where he was born.
Regardless of your faith, Jerusalem is a place of wonder for all and is a place that should be on your must-see list.
To say that Jerusalem is a city of museums is an understatement. There are more than 60 museums in the city, which is very impressive for a tiny city compared to other major metropolis and tourist destinations in the world. While a majority of these museums are excellent and the best in their field, the most important museum in the Holy City and the entire country is the Israel Museum.
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Christianity is the only religion in the world that claims the resurrection and ascension of its founder. Jesus was resurrected after spending three days in the grave. The Church of the Holy Sepulcher maintains that within its compound is the actual grave where the body of Jesus was kept for three days. The Holy Sepulcher is one of the most revered and visited sites in the Old City in Jerusalem. But just in case the church leaders got it wrong, there is an alternative location in Jerusalem for Christ’s tomb — the Garden Tomb.
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Jerusalem is called the Holy City because it is easily the holiest city in the world. Christianity, Islam and Judaism began here. Simply put, the world would have been different if Jerusalem did not exist. Even if you do come to visit to enjoy other attractions such as culture and arts, food, archeology and nature, you can’t help but feel the air of spirituality as you see so many religious landmarks. It’s simply amazing to see structures and places from the Bible, Torah and the Quran come to life. One of these places is the Mount of Olives, which is an extremely significant place in Christianity, Islam and Judaism.
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The Tower of David is an ancient citadel that looms over Jerusalem. It’s impossible to miss this stunning structure just before you enter the Old City near the Jaffa Gate. Inside the citadel is the Tower of David Museum of the History of Jerusalem.
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