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What to see in Jerusalem

Jerusalem Attractions

A holy city in three major world religions, it is not surprising that the iconic attractions in Jerusalem are almost exclusively religious sites. However, pilgrims and sightseers will find attractions such as the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Temple Mount and the Western Wall enthralling because of their age and global significance. Exploring Jerusalem's religious sites, such as Bethlehem and the Via Dolorosa, is rewarding even with a secular mind-set, as the cultural and historical aspects of these famous places can be extremely interesting. Of course, for the faithful, these sites are profoundly important.

If visitors are interested in the political situation as well as the history of Israel and the Jewish people, there are a number of world-class museums to visit in Jerusalem, including the Israel Museum and Yad Vashem (the Holocaust memorial museum). The Tower of David, known as The Citadel, also houses a remarkable museum.

For lovers of history there are gems such as Hezekiah's Tunnel, dug as a water conduit under Jerusalem about 2,700 years ago, and Masada, an ancient fortification set on a picturesque mountaintop. The latter is Israel's most popular paid attraction.

Things to see and do in Jerusalem also include natural attractions, many of which, such as the Mount of Olives and the Garden of Gethsemane, have religious significance. Worthwhile excursions out of Jerusalem include trips to the eternally popular Dead Sea, and the unique, crater-like Makhtesh Ramon rock formation.

Church of the Holy Sepulchre

As the site of Jesus' crucifixion, burial and resurrection, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre is the holiest Christian place in Jerusalem. Emperor Constantine constructed it in 326, and its structure…

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Citadel or Tower of David

Called the Tower of David, Jerusalem's Citadel is a medieval fortress with architectural elements from later periods. Its tallest tower, the Phasael, is the best place to appreciate its magnificent…

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Hezekiah's Tunnel

Hezekiah's Tunnel is an absolute must-see for those who like to combine their sightseeing with a real sense of discovery and adventure. The tunnel is about 2,700 years old and was built by King Hezekiah…

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Temple Mount (Al-Haram al-Sharif)

Temple Mount is tremendously important to Jews, Muslims and Christians alike. Located within the Old City's walled section, its glinting, golden Dome of the Rock is easily Jerusalem's most distinguishable…

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The Israel Museum

The Israel Museum has achieved world-class status. Its remarkable collections include displays of archaeology from the Holy Land, a comprehensive compilation of Judaica and the ethnology of Jewish…

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Via Dolorosa

The Via Dolorosa (Road of Sorrow) is the route Jesus is said to have followed as he carried the cross to his crucifixion. There are 14 stations along the way commemorating different events, starting…

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Western Wall (HaKotel HaMaaravi)

The Western Wall (Wailing Wall to non-Jews) is the most sacred Jewish prayer-site in the world. Thousands of worshippers gather year-round to pray here, and to place folded written prayers into the…

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Yad VaShem

The museum documents and commemorates the events of the Holocaust, and also furthers education through ongoing research into the period. In this way, it honours the millions of Jews who died during…

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