With a history spanning thousands of years, Jerusalem is a city of unique neighbourhoods each with its own distinct religious and ethnic composition. Jerusalem is home to three of the world’s biggest religions, Christianity, Judaism and Islam – all which co exist in this fascinating city. The ancient walled city to the east is a small yet vital part of the city, housing the Jewish, Christian and Muslim Quarters and the iconic golden Dome of the Rock. Overlooking the city are Mount Zion, the Mount of Olives and Mount Scopus – now the Hebrew University. Other parts of the city include neighbourhoods which are aptly, yet somewhat bleakly named the American Colony, Russian Compound and German Colony.
No trip to Jerusalem would be complete without a trip up to Mount Scopus for stunning views across the city before heading into the Old City. The ancient walled city is the best example in Israel of its multi religious uniqueness. As you walk through the streets you will see the Church of the Holy Sepulchre where Christians quietly pray. Further up is the famous Western Wall, colloquially known as the Wailing Wall which Jews visit daily to pray and leave prayers. Finally to finish up the trio of religion is the Al Aqsa Mosque where Muslims prostrate at daily.
Outside of the Old City lies Ein Karem (meaning Spring of the Vineyard), the birthplace of John the Baptist and a popular destination on the pilgrim’s map. It is also worth visiting the Israel Museum to the west of the city which houses the famous Dead Sea scrolls as well as a detailed model of Jerusalem from the time of the Second Temple.