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Jerusalem


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Jerusalem, Israel’s self-declared capital is perhaps one of the most fascinating and beautiful cities in the world and the holiest city for all three religions of the Holy Book – Islam, Christianity and Judaism.
There are three districts of Jerusalem: the Old City, East Jerusalem and the New City.
The Old City: The major tourist attraction in Jerusalem, both for religious and historical reasons. Dating back 3,000 years, the City is surrounded by fortified walls that house some of the holiest site in Israel. The area known as the Temple Mount is the Western Wall, also known as the Wailing Wall, where Jews pray. On the Noble Sanctuary is the al-Aqsa Mosque and the golden-topped Dome of the Rock, where Muslims Quarter and then the Christian Quarter, is the route Jesus took as he carried his cross to Calvary. Other places to visit are the Pool of Bethesda, a spring-fed pool supposed to possess healing qualities (John 5:2-4). Here Jesus healed a man who had been lame for 38 years (John 5:5-9). The Church of Flagellation is the site where Jesus was flogged.
Walking the streets of the Old City is a memorable experience in itself, with narrow cobbled streets and alleys with market traders on either side. The loud calls of the traders fight for your attention as you meander through the maze of Arab markets losing any sense direction. The smells and sights of herbs and spices, traditional and modern clothes, street food – falafel and shwarma, fresh fruit and vegetables – and the essential gifts of Jerusalem memorabilia add to the ambience. People are friendly and seem to speak the language of every tourist passing, attending to your every need in return for a purchase.
East Jerusalem is home to the Rockefeller Museum, and the Garden Tomb – considered to be a possible site of the crucifixion, burial and resurrection. It is also the site of the Tourjeman Post Museum.
East Jerusalem is a Palestinian district, with small shops, businesses and cheap accommodation, considered an alternative to residing in the Old City.
The New City that surrounds the old one is predominantly Jewish. It is modern and vibrant, offering shops, restaurants and cafes. It is also home to the Knesset building, the Israel Museum and the Holocaust memorial museum of Yad Vashem.
Jerusalem, city of majestic qualities and hospitality.