Jerusalem, the city of incredible blend of religions and cultures. This Middle Eastern city near the Dead Sea, has been a place of pilgrimage and worship for Jews, Christians and Muslims for well over 3,500 years. Walk the streets filled with rich religious culture and visit the Old City, which is home to significant religious sites in the Temple Mount compound; including the Western Wall (sacred to Judaism), the Church of the Holy Sepulchre (a Christian pilgrimage site), and the Dome of the Rock (a 7th-century Islamic shrine with a gold dome). Don't let such a vibrant city overwhelm you and download the Jerusalem Travel Guide and Offline Map for a stress-free visit.
1. Western Wall
The Western Wall (also known as the Wailing Wall or HaKotel in Hebrew) is an ancient limestone wall in the Old City and is probably considered the most known attraction to visit in Jerusalem. It is the remains of the Second Temple of Jerusalem and a place of prayer sacred for the Jewish people. The wall is believed to be a unique place where you can have a direct line to Heaven. When there, everyone is encouraged to insert a small piece of paper with your prayer in the cracks between the stones of the wall. Be sure to at your respective section as males and females are separated. Along with all other wishes, your prayer will be buried in a special cemetery later.
2. Holy Sepulchre
Located in the Christian Quarter of the Old City in Jerusalem, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre is a major pilgrimage destination for Christians. Built in the fourth century over the site of a Roman Pagan temple, this is considered one of the world’s holiest shrines to Christians, preserving the most important moments of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The church is believed to contain the slab of rock where the body of Jesus Christ was laid to rest.
3. Dome of the Rock
This 7th century Islamic shrine is an architectural gem and is the 3rd most important Muslim site (after Mecca and Medina). It is one of the most recognizable structures in Jerusalem for its golden dome, which can be seen from the Western Wall, Mount of Olives, Tower of David, and many of Jerusalem’s city streets. A visit to Temple Mount is a popular activity on many tourist’s itineraries, but getting in is not so easy. Visiting hours are limited, there are restrictions for non-Muslims, and lines can be long so be sure to check out the visiting hours prior to your visit.
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