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People have been writing about Jerusalem for the better part of its 3,000-year history, but your first glimpse inside the ancient walled city is guaranteed to leave you speechless. Jerusalem is a spiritual center, holy to the three great faiths of Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

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Al Aqsa Mosque, Jerusalem

Within Old Jerusalem's al-Haram al-Sharif, or the Noble Sanctuary, lies the third holiest site in Islam, after Mecca and Medina. The Al Aqsa Mosque, which translates to 'the farthest mosque,' sits beside the Dome of the Rock, and it is believed that Muhammed ascended to heaven from this spot after being transported from Sacred Mosque in Mecca. Over the centuries the silver-domed mosque has been destroyed in several different earthquakes and subsequently rebuilt. With four minarets, the present day structure is characteristic …

» Bethlehem

Bethlehem, Israel

Bethlehem is a small city in the West Bank, and attracts millions of visitors every year for its historical and religious significance. Known in the Christian faith as the birthplace of Jesus, its attractions are chiefly religious, but are intriguing even for people outside of the faith. The most popular destination in Bethlehem is undoubtedly the Church of the Nativity on Manger Square. Allegedly the exact place of birth of Jesus, the church dates back to the Roman Emperor Constantine in 330 CE …

» Caesarea

Caesarea, Jerusalem

About 2,000 years ago, Israel's beautiful fishing port of Caesarea was a Roman capital, dedicated to Caesar Augustus. Today, it is one of the country's most popular tourist sites, with archaeological ruins, beautiful beaches and an impressive Roman theater. Caesarea was built by Herod the Great over 12 years, from 25-13 BC, and was one of the grandest cities in the area with a deep sea harbor, aqueduct, hippodrome and amphitheater, which is still utilized today. The site holds concerts and other performances, while the hippodrome, although still identifiable, is now a banana field …

» Chapel of Ascension

Chapel of Ascension, Jerusalem

This chapel on Jerusalem's Mount of Olives is a sacred site for both Christians and Muslims. It claims to be the oldest of three churches located on the Mount. Though Jesus is believed to have taken his final steps before ascending to heaven here (there is even a footprint impression on a stone slab that is believed to be from Jesus's right foot), the site has since been converted to a mosque, after being captured by the Muslim sultan Saladin in the 10th century. It remains under the control of an Islamic group, though all faiths are welcome …

» Christian Quarter

Christian Quarter, Jerusalem

The walled Old City of Jerusalem is divided into four major quarters: the Jewish Quarter, the Muslim Quarter, the Armenian Quarter, and the Christian Quarter. The city's Christian Quarter contains around 40 religious sites holy to Christianity, including the Church of the Holy Sepulchre at its heart. The church is venerated as the site where Jesus was crucified, buried, and resurrected and remains a place of pilgrimage for Christians from all over the world. For many it is regarded as the religion's holiest site. Pilgrims often follow the Via Dolorosa …

» Church of All Nations

Church of All Nations, Jerusalem

The Church of All Nations is a prominent Roman Catholic church perched on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem. It is also known as the Basilica of Agony, with its walls golden mosaics depicting the suffering of the world as assumed by Jesus. Tradition has it that Jesus kneeled on a rock here in the Garden on Gethsemane prior to his arrest by the Romans. The slab of rock is now encompassed by a circle of iron thorns. Historically the site of a Byzantine church, it was converted to a basilica in the 4th century by Crusaders …

» Church of the Holy Sepulchre

Church of the Holy Sepulchre , Israel

Set within the Christian Quarter of the old walled city of Jerusalem - which it itself the larger World Heritage Site -- this church is considered by many Christians to be the site of Jesus' crucifixion, burial and resurrection. A popular stop on the pilgrimage trail since the 4th century, the church itself is now the headquarters of the Greek Orthodox Church. Commissioned between 325-6 by Emperor Constantine I, and his mother, Saint Helena, the church was built on the former site of a temple dedicated to Aphrodite …

» Church of the Nativity

Church of the Nativity, Israel

The oldest continuously operating church in the world, the Church of the Nativity was commissioned in the year 327 by Emperor Constantine I and his mother, Saint Helena, built over the site considered by most Christians to be the birthplace of Jesus. Destroyed by fire and then rebuilt in the 6th century, the church was used until 1131 as the coronation site for European Crusades-era kings, and has since been widely expanded. The 4,000-foot complex now includes the main basilica, run by the Greek Orthodox Church …

» Damascus (Shechem) Gate

Damascus (Shechem) Gate, Jerusalem

Damascus (Shechem) Gate, considered the largest and most beautiful entrance to Jerusalem's Old City, has served in this capacity since Agrippa ruled during the first century BCE. As it stands today, the gate dates back to 1537. Crusaders referred to it as St. Stephen's Gate, as it's located not far from the site of Saint Stephen's martyrdom. Flanked by two towers, the gate serves as the main access point to the Old City from East Jerusalem, and once inside, visitors find themselves amid an authentic market in the Muslim Quarter where locals shop …

» Dead Sea

Dead Sea, Israel

The Dead Sea is famous for being the lowest point in the world, sitting 1,269 feet (383 meters) below sea level. It is also one of the saltiest bodies of water in the world, and as such, bodies will naturally float in the water. Because of this hyper-salination that is so unique to the Dead Sea, visitors come from all over the world to swim in the sea, as well as access the nutrient-rich mud on the banks. There is a 4-star spa hotel that utilizes the mud from the bank on the Jordanian coast …

» Dome of the Rock

Dome of the Rock , Israel

As both the oldest and most famous Islamic shrine in the world, the Dome of the Rock is one of the most sought pilgrimage destinations in the world. Constructed on top of the site of the Second Jewish Temple around 690 CE, its historical and religious value is unprecedented. The exterior detail of the dome is in the shape of a Byzantine martyrium, built for the purpose of housing holy relics. It is also jacketed in over 100,000 melted Dinar gold coins, covering the entire done and making it a gem of middle Byzantine art …

» Dominus Flevit

Dominus Flevit, Jerusalem

Sitting halfway up the Mount of Olives, Dominus Flevit is a prominent Franciscan church in Jerusalem. The name translates from Latin to 'The Lord Wept,' with the structure shaped like a teardrop to symbolize the tears of Jesus. It is said to mark the spot where Jesus looked out onto Jerusalem and wept, knowing the city was bound to be destroyed. The site went unmarked until the Crusader era, when a small chapel was built that eventually fell into ruin. The present day structure was built in 1955 by Italian architect Antonio Barluzzi …

» Garden of Gethsemane

Garden of Gethsemane, Israel

In Jesus' day, the Garden of Gethsemane at the base of the Mount of Olives was an olive grove, and according to some botanists, some of the ancient olive trees still growing in the gardens likely predate Christianity itself. While the word 'gethsemane' means 'oil press,' the Garden of Gethsemane is much better known for its prominence in New Testament scripture as the site where Jesus was betrayed and arrested after the Last Supper. Ihe center of the garden sits the Church of All Nations …

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Jerusalem is one of the most fascinating places you'll ever visit, within a short walk of each other you can find Christians quietly praying in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jews worshipping by the Western Wall and Muslims prostrate before Al-Aqsa Mosque. Jerusalem's architecture remains in remarkable shape - you could spend days (or weeks) getting lost in its labyrinth of alleys and bustling bazaars, the Old City, biblical sites and patchwork of secular and religious neighborhoods …

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