One of the world’s most important pilgrimage sites has special meaning for Muslims, Jews and Christians, with numerous well-known religious locations.
Travel to Jerusalem to view religious sites that have existed for millennia and experience modern uniquely Middle Eastern customs and events. The city has charming neighborhoods, shopping, arts and entertainment in addition to famous historic and religious locations.
The first stops in Jerusalem are usually in the Old City, with its numerous structures of religious significance. Head to Temple Mount, one of the world’s holiest places for Muslims, to find the Al-Aqsa Mosque. The Dome of the Rock is a holy shrine for both Islamic and Judaic faiths. Nearby, see the Western Wall, which draws millions of pilgrims of Jewish and other faiths for profound prayer. The Church of the Holy Sepulchre has important meaning for Christians as the site of Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection.
After viewing the holy sites, wander through the bazaars and see beautiful tapestries, jewelry and other gift items. Just beyond the Old City, Jerusalem’s modern development becomes evident, with shopping centers and cultural sites. Mamilla Mall offers upscale shopping in a modern open-air complex incorporating historic buildings in its architecture. The City Center’s famous shopping spots include the Machane Yehuda Market and Yafo Street.
Jerusalem’s southern neighborhoods are particularly popular with families. Visit the Biblical Zoo, Gazelle Valley Park, Teddy Stadium for athletic events and Jerusalem Pais Arena for sports and music concerts. On the western side, hike in the Jerusalem Hills. Stop at the Museum District to tour the Israel Museum, Bible Lands Museum and Science Museum.
Dine on varied fare at Jerusalem’s restaurants, including kosher, seafood, Middle Eastern, Italian, Latin American and many other cuisines. Nightlife choices might surprise you. Mingle with locals and international visitors enjoying live music, bars, dance clubs and even escape room adventures.
Fly to Ben Gurion Airport, about a 45-minute drive northwest of Jerusalem. While you can get around on your own easily in the Old City, consider guided tours to get a full appreciation of the region’s historic and cultural significance.