A trip to Israel would not be complete without visiting Jerusalem; it’s definitely a must especially for first timers. Jerusalem
the golden is like no other city on earth. Sacred to the world's three
major monotheistic religions, and was fought over for three millennia
by a variety of peoples and nations. Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and some may say the centre of the world.


The landmarks within the ancient walls of Jerusalem’s
are very much alive today. In fact, you can barely move without
wandering into another beautiful building or fascinating ruin. See the
foundations the Western Wall which is all that remains of the temple of Solomon that was destroyed by the Babylonians in 587 BC. Here you’ll see Jews from Africa, Asia, Europe and America
representing every facet of the religion. Experience the Jewish rituals
of praying here every day, leaving their messages to God scribbled on
pieces of paper and hiding them in between the stones of the wall.
Here, there are elderly Jewish men dressed in traditionally sober
Hasidic costumes and young teenage girls tottering up to the female
section of the wall. You could even get the chance to stumble across
one of the many Bar Mitzvah celebrations.


visit to The Holy Sepulchre, built on the site where Jesus is said to
have been executed and buried, reminds you just how many different
varieties of Christianity there are. Pause for a few seconds in one of
the 30 chapels built on this site and you’ll soon find Catholic, Greek,
Russian, Armenian, Coptic and Ethiopian priests bustling past you. The
beautiful golden Dome of the Rock on Temple Mount dominates any view of Jerusalem
and is a masterpiece of Islamic architecture. The rock is believed by
all three of the world’s main religions to be the place where Abraham
prepared to sacrifice his son to God in the founding act of monotheism.


your views on religion, almost every step that you take through the
streets of this most holy of cities reminds you that this is a place
that has had a huge effect on the history of the world and is surely
destined to have a pivotal role in its future. Walk along the Via
Dolorosa, the network of streets through which Jesus dragged his cross
before his crucifixion, and you’ll hear Muslim calls for prayer
intermingled with Christian chanting and the shouts of market traders
selling their spices. You’ll certainly see Jews and Muslims trading
with one another and eating humus together in the market cafes. Take a
moment to join them and watch the inhabitants of this city wander past