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  • 1. Church of the Holy Sepulcher

    Christian Quarter | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    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 where Jesus...Read More

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

    Muslim Quarter | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

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

  • 3. Western Wall

    Jewish Quarter | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

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

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  • 4. Chagall Windows and Hadassah Hospital

    Ein Kerem | Hospital–Sight

    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 Hadassah...Read More

  • 5. Church of Mary Magdalene

    Mount of Olives | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

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

  • 6. Church of St. John the Baptist

    Ein Kerem | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

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

  • 7. Church of the Visitation

    Ein Kerem | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    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 hillside...Read More

  • 8. Dominus Flevit

    Mount of Olives | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

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

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  • 9. Dormition Abbey

    Mount Zion | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

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

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  • 10. Ecce Homo Convent of the Sisters of Zion

    Muslim Quarter | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

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

  • 11. Ein Kerem

    Ein Kerem | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

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

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  • 12. Ethiopian Monastery

    Christian Quarter | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Stand in the monastery's courtyard beneath the medieval bulge of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, and you have a cross-section of Christendom...Read More

  • 13. Garden of Gethsemane

    Kidron Valley | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    After the Last Supper, the New Testament relates, Jesus and his disciples walked to the Mount of Olives, to a "place" called Gethsemane, where...Read More

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  • 14. Garden Tomb

    East Jerusalem | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    A beautifully tended English-style country garden makes this an island of tranquillity in the hurly-burly of East Jerusalem. What Christian...Read More

  • 15. Pater Noster Convent

    Mount of Olives | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The church built here in the 4th century AD by Constantine the Great became known as the Eleona (olive), and was associated back then with the...Read More

  • 16. Pools of Bethesda and Church of St. Anne

    Muslim Quarter | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The transition is sudden and complete, from the raucous cobbled streets and persistent vendors to the pepper trees, flower beds, and birdsong...Read More

  • 17. Room of the Last Supper

    Mount Zion | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Tradition has enshrined this spare, 14th-century second-story room as the location of the New Testament "upper room," where Jesus and his disciples...Read More

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  • 18. Tomb of David

    Mount Zion | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    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 dynastic...Read More

  • 19. Tomb of the Virgin

    Kidron Valley | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

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

  • 20. Umberto Nahon Museum of Italian Jewish Art

    Center City | Museum/Gallery

    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 hall...Read More

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