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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Mount Zion 5

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Ben-Yehuda Street

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Most of the street is an open-air pedestrian mall, in the heart of Downtown, forming a triangle with King George Street and Jaffa Street.

Bible Lands Museum

  • Museum/Gallery

Most archaeological museums group artifacts according to their place of origin, but the curators here favor a chronological display,...

Bloomfield Science Museum

  • Museum/Gallery

For kids, this may be the city's best rainy-day option, but don't wait for a rainy day to enjoy the museum. Along with a range of intriguing...

Broad Wall

  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

The discovery in the 1970s of the massive 23-foot-thick foundations of an Old Testament city wall was hailed as one of the most important...

Burnt House

  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

We could almost smell the burning and feel the heat of the flames," wrote archaeologist Nahman Avigad, whose team uncovered evidence...


  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

Today it's known for shopping, but the Cardo has a long history. In AD 135, the Roman emperor Hadrian built his town of Aelia Capitolina...

Chagall Windows and Hadassah Hospital

  • Building/Architectural Site

Marc Chagall's vibrant stained-glass windows are the jewels in the crown of Hadassah Hospital's huge Ein Kerem campus. When the U.S.-based...

Chamber of the Holocaust

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This small museum is dedicated to the memory of the 6 million European Jews annihilated by the Nazis in the Second World War. Among the...

Church of Mary Magdalene

  • Historic District/Site

With its sculpted white turrets and gold onion domes, this Russian Orthodox church looks like something out of a fairy tale. It was dedicated...

Church of St. John the Baptist

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The village of Ein Kerem is not mentioned by name in the New Testament, but its identification as the birthplace of John the Baptist...


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