JERUSALEM - THE CITY OF GOLD
We have selected a couple of key places that are not to be missed. Read along and pick up some tips and ideas for your visit.
The City of Jerusalem has been a center of culture, religion and history for thousands of years, from the time of the Judean kings and the Roman era through the Islamic Empire to the modern State of Israel. Through the centuries poets and writers have been inspired by the golden domes of the holy buildings in the city, and by the evening sun reflected from the famous Jerusalem stone which covers many buildings in the city, both new and old.
Top Sites to Visit
The Old City
Located in the walled Old City of Jerusalem, within the four quarters – Christian, Jewish, Muslim and Armenian, are the key historical and religious elements of the three faiths. In the northwestern corner of the Christian quarter, on the Via Delorosa, is the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. According to traditions dating back to the fourth century, it contains the two holiest sites in Christianity. Diagonally across is the Jewish Quarter which is the location of the Western Wall, the last remaining wall of the Jewish Second Temple and is considered to be the holiest site in Judaism. The Muslim quarter is home to the Dome of the Rock, the third holiest site for Muslims after Mecca and Medina. The last of the quarters, is the lesser-known Armenian Quarter, along with the Christian religious and cultural buildings the quarter is also home to the the Syriac and Greek Monasteries and the Tower of David.
The Israel Museum
The Israel Museum is the country’s largest cultural institution, comprising of 50,000 square meters and a six-acre sculpture garden, housing several wings and large collections of art, archaeological findings and Judaica.
One of the highlights of the museum is the distinctly shaped Shrine of the Book, which houses many ancient manuscripts including the Dead Sea Scrolls.
The Knesset is the main legislative body of the Israeli government.The Knesset building is located atop a hilltop in the quiet Givat Ram neighborhood of Jerusalem. It was constructed in 1966, and though additions have been added over time, the original 1966 basic structure remains.
Mahane Yehuda Market
The Mahane Yehuda Market is the largest market in Jerusalem and one of the most famous in the Middle East. Once a shopping and dining center for the working class, the shuk has transformed into one of Jerusalem’s main cultural centers. Locals and visitors alike flock there for incredible culinary experiences, an unforgettable Thursday nightlife scene, concerts and, of course, shopping.
Jerusalem Botanical Gardens
The Jerusalem Botanical Gardens is one of the largest botanical gardens in Israel; Spanning across almost 24 acres of green, lush, fascinating and varied native plants in the heart of Jerusalem, near the Givat Ram campus of the Hebrew University. This is a university botanical garden that acts as a research, education and training center and contains the largest and most extensive collection of living plants in Israel and the Middle East; over 6,000 species and varieties of plants from all over the world.
Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center.
Immerse yourself in the history of one the most devastating chapters in the modern era as you explore the one-of-a-kind museums, inspiring outdoor monuments, memorials, gardens and sculptures throughout the 45-acre campus, situated on Jerusalem’s picturesque Mount of Remembrance.