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A holy city in three major world religions, it is not surprising that the iconic attractions in Jerusalem are almost exclusively religious sites. However; whether you are a pilgrim or a sightseeing tourist, attractions like the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Temple Mount and the Western Wall are enthralling because of their age and global significance. Exploring Jerusalem's religious sites, like Bethlehem and the Via Dolorosa, is rewarding even with a secular mind-set because the cultural and historical aspects of these famous places can be extremely interesting. Of course, for the faithful, these sites are profoundly important.

If you are interested in the political situation, and the history of Israel and the Jewish people, there are a number of world-class museums to visit in Jerusalem, including the Israel Museum and Yad Vashem (the Holocaust memorial museum). The Tower of David, also known as The Citadel, also houses a remarkable museum.

For lovers of history there are gems like Hezekiah's Tunnel, dug as a water conduit under Jerusalem about 2,700 years ago, and Masada, an ancient fortification set on a picturesque mountaintop - Isreal's most popular paid attraction.

Things to see and do in Jerusalem also include natural attractions, many of which, like the Mount of Olives and the Garden of Gethsemane, have religious significance. Worthwhile excursions out of Jerusalem include trips to the eternally popular Dead Sea, and the unique, crater-like Makhtesh Ramon rock formation.

Church of the Holy Sepulchre

Church of the Holy Sepulchre

As the site of Jesus' crucifixion, burial and resurrection, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre is the holiest Christian place in Jerusalem. Emperor Constantine constructed it in 326, and its structure has suffered frequent damage over the centuries. Repairs have been undertaken by the...  see full details



Dome of the Rock

Temple Mount (Al-Haram al-Sharif)

Temple Mount is tremendously important to Jews, Muslims and Christians alike. Located within the Old City's walled section, its glinting, golden Dome of the Rock is easily Jerusalem's most distinguishable feature. From a Jewish and Christian perspective, the large rock is said to be where...  see full details



Western Wall

Western Wall (HaKotel HaMaaravi)

The Western Wall (Wailing Wall to non-Jews) is the most sacred Jewish prayer-site in the world. Thousands of worshippers gather year-round to pray here, and to place folded written prayers into the wall's crevices. The wall is all that remains of the Second Temple...  see full details



Ninth Station

Via Dolorosa

The Via Dolorosa (Road of Sorrow) is the route Jesus is said to have followed as he carried the cross to his crucifixion. There are 14 stations along the way commemorating different events, starting at Lion's Gate in the Muslim Quarter of the...  see full details



Yad VaShem

Yad VaShem

The museum documents and commemorates the events of the Holocaust, and also furthers education through ongoing research into the period. In this way, it honours the millions of Jews who died during World War II. Visitors will find the world's largest and most comprehensive collection...  see full details



The Israel Museum

The Israel Museum

The Israel Museum has achieved world-class status. Its remarkable collections include displays of archaeology from the Holy Land, a comprehensive compilation of Judaica and the ethnology of Jewish people, plus a fine-art collection encompassing Old Masters and renowned contemporary works. Many temporary exhibitions, publications, lectures...  see full details



Tower of David

Citadel or Tower of David

Called the Tower of David, Jerusalem's Citadel is a medieval fortress with architectural elements from later periods. Its tallest tower, the Phasael, is the best place to appreciate its magnificent view of the city. The Citadel contains the excellent Museum of the History of Jerusalem,...  see full details



Hezekiah's Tunnel

Hezekiah's Tunnel

Hezekiah's Tunnel is an absolute must-see for those who like to combine their sightseeing with a real sense of discovery and adventure. The tunnel, which is about 2,700 years old, was built by King Hezekiah in preparation for an invasion by the Assyrians....  see full details