Jerusalem Israel, the eternal Capital of Israel and of the Jewish People is holy to the three main monotheistic religions, Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
A visit to Yerushalayim as it is known in Hebrew fills your soul with overwhelming emotions through a real religious and spiritual experience.
On every step of your visit you may virtually touch and hear every moment of its glorious history.
This is the reason it has drawn millions of pilgrims of all faiths for thousands of years.
Amazing view of Jerusalem Israel from the Mount of Olives
Capital of Israel
Jews in particular have been linked to Jerusalem physically and emotionally for all the years of wanderings until today. It is known that in all Jewish Holidays, the most important phrase at the end of the payers is “Next Year in Jerusalem”
The city is full with many tourist attractions that range from archaeological digs to museums of art; from best hotels and restaurants to inexpensive hostels and Schwarma and Falafel stands.
Jerusalem is mainly divided into Old Jerusalem and New Jerusalem.
The new city has expanded outside the walls to become an immense metropolis with the most diverse population that you may find in any important world city.
The spiritual center is the Old City of Jerusalem Israel, surrounded by walls that go back to more than three thousand years when King David made it his capital.It is divided into four quarters, Jewish, Armenian, Christian and Muslim.Click here to Share your Story
Western Wall Jerusalem Israel
Old Jerusalem top sites
The walled Old City Jerusalem
New Jerusalem Israel main attractions
The Knesset Building home of the Israeli Parliament
The Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem
Important Neighborhoods of Jerusalem Israel
At first you look at it and you may think you entered a polish town of the 19th Century. This is home to most Ultra-Orthodox Jews. Modest dressing is required while walking on its streets, and of course, the operation of vehicles on Shabbat and Jewish Holidays is strictly prohibited.
When I first arrive in Jerusalem this was a quiet neighborhood. During the years the main artery Emek Refaim Street has become a chic Paris style avenue with many cafes with outside table. Walking there you’ll hear as many languages as in the Tower of Babel.
This is a remote neighborhood home to many numerous galleries where artists and sculptors exhibit their pieces of art. The area is also famous for being the birthplace of John the Baptist, hosting several churches.
Some of the most important districts or neighborhoods are:
• American Colony• Atarot• Baka• Bayit VeGan• Beit HaKerem• Beit Hanina• Beit Safafa• Bukharim• French Hill• Geula• Gilo• Givat Ram• Givat Shaul• Ir David• Jabel Mukaber• Katamon• Kiryat HaYovel• Kiryat Moshe• Kiryat Shmuel• Mahaneh Yehuda• Malha• Mamilla• Mishkenot Shaananim• Motza• Nachlaot• Nahalat Shiva• Neve Shaanan• Pisgat Zeev• Pisgat Ze'ev• Ramat Eshkol• Ramat Shlomo• Ramot • Ras al Amud• Rehavia• Romema• Russian Compound• Sanhedria• Sheikh Jarrah• Shmuel HaNavi• Shuafat• Silwan• Sur Baher• Talpiot• Yemin Moshe
The Ultra Religious neighborhood of Mea Shearim
Jerusalem Israel is not just for pilgrims. It is the capital city of a thriving country and home to religious and non religious people alike. In this city Jews and Arabs live next to each other.
Some older areas are being renovated like the German Colony, where I lived and studied for a year back in 1959. Then it was a quite remote neighborhood. Today it’s a lively area with many outdoor cafes and restaurants.
We can watch tourists and locals alike walking up and down the famous Midrehov Ben Yehuda. This is a Pedestrian Mall with restaurants and, tourist stores. No visit to Jerusalem is complete without a visit to Ben Yehuda.
Jerusalem Israel, is an unforgettable experience. As a good friend of mine who is a devout Christian once told me:
“After a visit to Jerusalem you are not the same person again”
Jerusalem by Wayne McLean
Western Wall by Math Knight and Zachi Evenor
Old City of jerusalem by Shmuel Spiegelman
Knesset by Leif Knutsen
Holy Sepulchre by Berthold Werner,br>All courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
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