Old City of Jerusalem, (UNESCO site)
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Jerusalem, the capital city of Israel, is a holy city to the 3 primary religions that have the prophet Abraham at their roots; Judaism, Christianity and Islam. The city has been at the center of conflicts throughout its rich history having been completely destroyed twice. It is one of the oldest cities in the world, inhabited for over 5,000 years. As a result, many of the visitors to Jerusalem are drawn to its history and religious and cultural significance.
Visitors to Jerusalem typically include a tour of the Israel Museum to visit the largest cultural institution in Israel and view its art and archaeology exhibits. The Israel Museum features the most extensive holdings of biblical and Holy Land archaeology in the world with over 500,000 objects in its collection. Next door to the Israel Museum is the Bible Lands Museum, an institution dedicated to the study of cultures in the ancient Judeo-Israelite world. The City of David Visitors Center offers a walking tour in the footsteps of biblical kings and prophets and provides an understanding of the ancient Israelites. The City of David has undergone significant archaeological excavations and is continually unearthing major artifacts. The museum at the top of Ammunition Hill (Givat Ha-Tachmoshet) is dedicated to the reunification of Israel at the site of a major battle during the Six-Day War in 1967 and includes tours of five exhibit halls with displays of weapons, maps and battle plans among its collection. Visitors may also walk along the tops of the old city walls that provide incredible views over the new and old city. Jerusalem contains many other sites of historical significance worthy of your time including The Mount of Olives, Rachel’s Tomb and the Western Wall.
Christians, Muslims and Jews the world over are drawn to Jerusalem as the city has played such a significant role in the foundation of their respective religions. The city combines ancient and modern in a way that helps create experiences that are remembered for a lifetime. Your dream may be to visit a city with the historical significance of Jerusalem. Start planning your trip to Israel so that you can check that trip off your list.
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