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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Chagall Windows and Hadassah Hospital

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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...

Church of Mary Magdalene

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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...

Church of the Holy Sepulcher

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This church, which was built by the Crusaders in the 12th century (the fourth to be built on this site), is believed to be the place...

Church of the Visitation

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Built over what is thought to have been the home of John the Baptist's parents, Zechariah and Elizabeth, this church sits high up the...

Dome of the Rock and Haram esh-Sharif (Temple Mount)

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The magnificent golden Dome of the Rock dominates the vast 35-acre Temple Mount, the area known to Muslims as Haram esh-Sharif (the...

Dominus Flevit

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Designed by Antonio Barluzzi in the 1950s, the tear-shaped church—its name means "The Lord Wept"—preserves the New Testament story...

Dormition Abbey

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The large, round Roman Catholic church, with its distinctive cone-shaped roof, ornamented turrets, and landmark clock tower, is a Jerusalem...

Ecce Homo Convent of the Sisters of Zion

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The arch that crosses the Via Dolorosa, just beyond Station II, and continues into the chapel of the adjacent convent, was once thought...

Ein Kerem

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The neighborhood of Ein Kerem still retains much of its old village character. Tree-framed stone houses spill across its hillsides with...


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