Jerusalem Sights

Immerse yourself in Jerusalem. Of course, you can see the primary sights in a couple of days—some visitors claim to have done it in less—but don't short-change yourself if you can help it. Take time to wander where the spirit takes you, to linger longer over a snack and people-watch, to follow the late Hebrew poet, Yehuda Amichai, "in the evening into the Old City / and . . . emerge from it

pockets stuffed with images / and metaphors and well-constructed parables. . . ." The poet struggled for breath in an atmosphere "saturated with prayers and dreams"; but the city's baggage of history and religion doesn't have to weigh you down. Decompress in the markets and eateries of the Old City, and the jewelry and art stores, coffee shops, and pubs of the New.

The city is built on a series of hills, part of the country's north–south watershed. To the east, the Judean Desert tumbles down to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on Earth, less than an hour's drive away. The main highway to the west winds down through the pine-covered Judean Hills toward the international airport and Tel Aviv. North and south of the city—Samaria and Judea, respectively—is what is known today as the West Bank. Since 1967, this contested area has been administered largely by Israel, though the major concentrations of Arab population are currently under autonomous Palestinian control.

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Tomb of David

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According to the Hebrew Bible, King David, the great Israelite king of the 10th century BC, was buried in "the City of David"—the Bible's...

Tomb of the Virgin

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The Gothic facade of the underground Church of the Assumption, which contains this shrine, clearly dates it to the Crusader era (12th...

Tower of David Museum

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Many visitors find this museum invaluable in mapping Jerusalem's often-confusing historical byways. Housed in a series of medieval halls,...

Train Track Park

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This park separates the picturesque neighborhoods of Baka and the German Colony, to your left and right respectively as you leave the...

Umberto Nahon Museum of Italian Jewish Art

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A little-known gem, the museum shares its classic old stone building with a cultural center (ask to see the frescoes in the ground-floor...

Via Dolorosa

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Commonly called "the Way of the Cross" in English, the Latin Via Dolorosa literally translates as "the Way of Sorrow." It's venerated...

Western Wall

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Judaism is more a religion of time than of place. Historically, Jews have tended to emphasize the significance of an important event...

Western Wall Tunnel

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The long tunnel beyond the men's side of the Western Wall is not a rediscovered ancient thoroughfare, but was deliberately dug in recent...

Yad Vashem

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The experience of the Holocaust—the annihilation of 6 million Jews by the Nazis during World War II—is so deeply seared into the...

Yemin Moshe

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Attractive old stone buildings, bursts of greenery and bougainvillea, and well-kept cobblestone streets distinguish a now-affluent neighborhood...


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