Hi, I'm an Israeli and I have been living in Spain for 10 years. I love to travel and I always take the opportunity to do so when I can. I'm not religious, but Jerusalem is a city that is so magical it can not be explained in words. It's something you feel when you enter Jerusalem. Jerusalem is one of the oldest cities in the world and considered a holy city by three major monotheistic religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. This city has a long history and many interesting things to see. One of these things is its Western Wall.
A hidden treasure in the Christian Quarter, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, built around the area where Jesus spent his last hours (where he was crucified and buried) is an absolute must for you to visit. Christians are swirling everywhere in this church while celebrating ceremonies along its narrow and decrepit hallways lit with candles. The church is full of noise and spirituality, which seems to be from another century. I loved it.
Muslims believe that the rock in the center of the dome is the spot from which Muhammad ascended to heaven with the angel Gabriel to meet Allah. It is a holy place for Muslims. The Jews claim that is the place where Abraham was about to sacrifice his son Isaac on the orders of the Lord, where Jacob saw the ladder to heaven, and where you find the heart of the temple of Jerusalem.
Beyond its historical / religious sights, Mount Olives is one of the best views in all of Jerusalem. To go up to the top, most people take a taxi, but you can also walk up, which takes 30 minutes from the center of the old town of Jerusalem. From a religious point of view, God redeems the dead until the end of time. Because of that, many Jews wish to be buried there because the whole hillside is full of graves.
It is the desire of every pilgrim to follow the footsteps of Jesus to the Holy Land especially the passing from the Praetorium to Calvary. This medieval Franciscan devotion is connected to the custom of the early Christians to tour the places where Christ went to the cross. Following his itinerary step by step is the true motivation for these pious, penitent travelers. Undoubtably one of the most iconic places of faith of all Jerusalem.
The church of the Holy Sepulchre is interesting, unique and unmatched in terms of a Christian architectural structure. An unforgettable place that's not to be missed in the Old City. The dead body of Jesus, after he was taken down from the cross and buried, would have had an anointing with perfumes, and such anointing would have been made on this rock.
Next to the Mamilla Hotel, and a short walk to the old city, is a friendly place that's designed as a pedestrian street with shops, restaurants and cafes, and art exhibitions outdoors, some quite interesting
Most travelers make their list of what to do in Jerusalem based on their own interests. Of course, this is a popular destination for religious tourists, and as the city is the ancient home to three religions, the Jerusalem activities that appeal to each tourist may vary depending on their own beliefs.
Regardless of your religion, if you want to know the essence of the city -- the real life of the city -- there are many places to visit in Jerusalem that are unmissable. Archaeological sites, museums and markets, and squares and bars in which you can see the day-to-day life of the city are all high on the list of stuff to do in Jerusalem.
The Old Town holds the majority of Jerusalem attractions. Here you'll find the Holy Sepulchre Christian Quarter, the Temple Mount, the Western Wall of the Jewish Quarter, the Armenian Church of St. James, the Armenian Quarter, and the Via Dolorosa. The Mount of Olives is one of the things to see in Jerusalem that is especially attractive for Christians. It features places like the tomb of the Virgin Mary and the Garden of Gethsemane. Likewise, Mount Zion is one of the attractions in Jerusalem of great archaeological value.
The City of David is one of the oldest in the world, so many travelers are amazed just to be in the same place where our ancestors lived. The Israel Museum, located in the city, is one of the best things to do in Jerusalem if you want to learn more about the archaelogical history of this area. You can admire the remains of documents thousands of centuries old and see samples of modern art, classical art, etc. The museum has more than ten wings to visit. But to see the real Jerusalem you have to lose yourself in its narrow streets, mix with the people, and enjoy the daily life of the city. Do not hesitate and dare to discover Jerusalem.
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