Considered one of the most sacred places on planet Earth, if not the most sacred, the city of Jerusalem is a treasure trove of historic relics and religious significance. Revered by Christians, Jews, and Muslims alike, this ancient city houses a new delight around every corner. Here are the top 10 attractions you should at least try and fit into your schedule.
1. The Old City of Jerusalem
From the Dome of the Rock in Haram esh-Sharif to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the Christian Quarter, Jerusalem’s Old City has enough historic and religious sites to warrant its own top 10 list, but in the interest of looking at a diverse Jerusalem, let’s say the Old City as a whole should be your primary destination.
2. The Old City Walls
The Old City is contained within an ancient wall, which makes for an enjoyable two hour stroll. Climb the ramparts for some of the best views around.
3. The Western Wall Tunnels
Although technically within the Old City, a tour of the Western Wall (Wailing Wall) and the subterranean Kotel Tunnels make for one of the most intriguing activities in Jerusalem. Book a tour of the tunnels well in advance.
4. The Mount of Olives
With plenty of connections to the last days of Jesus, the Mount of Olives houses churches and memorials in bulk, with plenty to discover. The views across the city are stunning too.
5. Mount Zion
Home to the tombs of St. David, Oskar Schindler, and more, and with connections to the Last Supper, this is another historic and significant location with great views.
6. Israel Museum
Israel Museum’s most famous exhibit is without a doubt the Dead Sea Scrolls. There’s plenty more to see here, including archaeological wonders and artistic masterpieces.
7. Montefiore’s Windmill
Modern Jerusalem houses treasures of its own. Take a tour of some of the region’s streets and see some of the marvels on offer, including Montefiore’s Windmill.
8.Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial
This memorial to the victims of the Holocaust features a museum, learning aids, a Hall of Remembrance, and a Hall of Names detailing the six million Jews killed during the Holocaust.
9. Market hopping
Jerusalem’s maze-like streets are home to markets and shops galore, with everything from fresh food to handmade arts and crafts on offer. Visit the Mahane Yehuda market and its wealth of cuisine before checking out the city center.
10. Tisch Family Zoological Gardens
Any list of things to do in Jerusalem should incorporate a trip to the Biblical Zoo in the suburbs of the city. Featuring a collection of animals from the bible, including crocodiles, bears, lions, and more, as well as other endangered species, this is a rare chance to see wildlife in the city.
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