Top 7 Destinations in Jerusalem
By Wow Travel
Jerusalem, the capital of Israel, is one of the most ancient cities in the world with an intriguing history that stretches back thousands of years combined with a bustling modern city.
It is considered the holiest city in the world due to its importance to three of the world’s main religions; Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Jerusalem is a one-of-a-kind destination laden with history, not even Rome can beat Jerusalem in terms of Religious history. With archeological relics, spiritual landmarks and world-class cuisine all in one place, Jerusalem is an incredibly captivating city that is firmly cementing itself as a contemporary and hip place whilst retaining the intriguing ancient, spiritual vibe that it’s mostly known for.
Here 7 places to visit on your next trip to Jerusalem, courtesy of Wow Travel:
Knesset (Israeli Parliament) – The Knesset is responsible for legislating, establishing a government, taking policy decisions, reviewing government activities, and electing the President of the State and the State Comptroller.
Machane Yehuda Market – One of Jerusalem’s most colorful outdoor spaces, also known as “The Shuk”. The Machane Yehuda Market is very popular with locals and tourists alike. These days this typical Mediterranean style outdoor market is more accessible and there is something here for everyone. From fresh fruits, vegetables, fish, meat, cheeses, seeds and spices to wines, liquors, clothing, shoes and even housewares, textiles, and Judaica.
Church of the Holy Sepulchre – The Church of the Holy Sepulchre is a church within the Christian Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem. It is a few steps away from the Muristan. It covers what Christians believe is the site of the most important event in human history: the place where Jesus Christ rose from the dead.
Jewish Quarter and Western Wall – The Western Wall, (‘the Kotel’ in Hebrew), is the most significant site in the world for the Jewish people. It is sacred because it is a remnant of the Herodian retaining wall that once enclosed and supported the Second Temple. Jews from all over the world gather there to pray and people write notes to God and place them between the ancient stones of the Wall. Wander between the alleyways of the Jewish Quarter of the Old City. It incorporates many holy and historical sites, restaurants, museums, the City of David, the Temple Institute, the Herodian Quarter, the Courtyard of the Old Yishuv and other interesting sites.
Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock – The Temple Mount is the holiest site in Judaism, the third holiest site in Islam, and a revered site to Christians. To the Jews it is known as Har HaMoriyah (“Mount Moriah”) and Har HaBayit (“Temple Mount”); to Muslims it is known as Haram el Sharif (“the Sacred Noble Sanctuary”). Because of its importance to three major religions, its ownership has been hotly contested for nearly two thousand years.
Mount of Olives – Located east of Jerusalem’s Old City and separating it from the Judean Desert, the Mount of Olives is one of the most prominent sites in the Jerusalem vicinity mentioned in the Holy Scriptures and it is the location of many biblical events. From the 3rd millennium B.C. until the present, it has served as one of the main burial grounds for a majority of Jews, boasts 150,000 graves that date as far back as 15th century.
The Holocaust History Museum (Yad Vashem) – A decade in the making, the Holocaust History Museum combines the best of Yad Vashem’s expertise, resources and state-of-the-art exhibits to take Holocaust remembrance well into the 21st century. Both multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary, it presents the story of the Shoah from a unique Jewish perspective, emphasizing the experiences of the individual victims through original artifacts, survivor testimonies and personal possessions.
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