Jerusalem Travel Guide
Jerusalem, situated west of the Dead Sea, has been a destination of pilgrimage for Jews, Christians and Muslims since the Biblical times. Its Old City has important religious sites around the Temple Mount, including the Wester Wall (sacred Jewish site), the Church of the Holy Sepulchre (sacred Christian site of the crucifixion and the tomb of Jesus' burial), and the Dome of the Rock (7th century Islamic shrine with a famed gold dome).
The walled Old City of Jerusalem is accessed by Jaffa Gate and Damascus Gate, nearby Tower of David, or Citadel. It's home to hundreds of holy sites including the Via Dolorosa, believed to be the path that Jesus walked carrying His cross. The Old City has narrow alleys and jumbled Arab Bazaars, sidewalk cafes and street carts selling traditional foods. Modern Jerusalem has the exhibiting archaeological finds and Dead Sea Scrolls at the Shrine of the Book, the Israel Museum; the Holocaust memorial Yad Vashem; and the L.A. Mayer Memorial Museum of Islamic Art.
When to tour
Peak seasons include the hot, dry summer from Jun-Sep and main holidays such as Passover (Apr, dates vary) and the Jewish Holidays Days (Sep/Oct, dates vary). Events include the Israel Festival of performing arts (May/Jun), the open-air Wine Festival (Aug) and the Sacred Music Festival (Aug–Sep, dates vary), which includes an all-night concert in the Citadel. The Old City is illuminated May–Jun (dates vary).
Travelers from North America typically stay up to a week.
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