Jerusalem, the capital city of Israel, is one of the oldest cities in the world. The old walled city is a mix of small alleys and has the Western Wall (wailing wall), the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Dome of the Rock and Al-Aqsa Mosque. It is considered a holy city for Islamic, Christians and Jews and is a UNESCO World Heritage listed site.
Jerusalem has had its fair share of war times – it has been destroyed twice, besieged 23 times, attacked 52 times and captured and recaptured 44 times. Dating back to the Copper Age, Jerusalem has influences from throughout history and is a fascinating city to visit.
To stand on the Mount of Olives and look down on Jerusalem as the sun is setting is a beautiful sight, as the sun glints off the domes and buildings. Perhaps the most incredible experience through is at the Western Wall. To stand alongside elderly local men and women as they press the pieces of paper with prayers on into the old wall and to hear their wailing is something you will never forget, especially when you see the sheer numbers of prayer papers stuffed into every nook and cranny of the wall.
A short drive from Jerusalem is Bethlehem – the birthplace of Jesus with Rachel’s Tomb, Manger Square and the Church of Nativity, which is reputed to be the oldest Church in the world and the site where Jesus was born and the Star of David is etched into the floor. Not far way is Nazareth, the home of Joseph and Mary and Cana, where Jesus turned water into wine.
To get you started with planning your holiday to Jerusalem, we have showcased below some popular itineraries requested by our clients which we hope will inspire your visit to Israel
Jerusalem, the capital city of Israel, is one of the oldest cities in the world. The old walled city is ...