Jerusalem is one of the most famous cities in the world to visit. Everybody who tours Israel explores Jerusalem and discovers the wonder of both the ancient and modern sites. A city filled with different cultures, religions, and languages. There is so much to see and do in this beautiful city of gold. The old and the new merge with so many different sights and sounds.
Discovering the history of Israel and Jerusalem is a great place to start. A definite must is a visit to a fascinating Museum in Jerusalem – The Friends of Zion Museum located in downtown Jerusalem. This interactive museum tells the story of the country from biblical times to modern times with groundbreaking technology that astounds. Fascinating multimedia exhibits and stories of heroes who have been a part of building the land of Israel. Other must-visit sites in the new city include Mount Herzel, Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial, The Shrine of the Book, which houses the Dead Sea scrolls, a mini model of ancient Jerusalem, and the Mount of Olives with its magnificent view of Jerusalem. Finally, don’t forget to stop in at the Mahane Yehuda market – one of the most popular places in the city. Stroll along exploring the shops while smelling the mouth-watering aromas from the many food stalls and unique restaurants.
The Old City of Jerusalem has sites that are important to Jewish, Christian, and Muslim religions. Listen to the sounds of the people as you walk through the Old City, exploring the alleyways, the colorful bazaars, and ancient streets and buildings. Follow the footsteps that Jesus took along the Via Dolorosa all the way to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, visit the remarkable Western Wall where you can leave a message in the Wall, and see the Golden Dome of the Rock.
Ben Yehuda pedestrian mall is a great place to stroll around in the evening, eating ice cream and stopping to watch street performers and musicians. The atmosphere is unique. In the summer, you may get to experience the Jerusalem Light Festival, where the walls and buildings in the old area of the city are illuminated with stories of historical events and magnificent images.
Jerusalem is a magical city with something for everyone. A visit to Jerusalem is indeed a pilgrimage, no matter what your religion is.