Jerusalem is the ultimate city to visit for people of all nationalities. It is seen as the most robust and colorful city which implements both the ancient history involved with it with the bustling life of the modern city. It truly is a trip of a lifetime. This incredible land offers archaeological relics, landmarks, and world class cuisine that only a city of this magnitude can offer. Jerusalem also brings several religions together in harmony as they all worship in the same place. Millions of people all over the world visit Jerusalem because of the majestic beauty that it holds as well as the religious landmarks that brings about these major religions.
There are many incredible landmarks in the holy capital of Jerusalem. In fact, there are 5 major holy sites that you need to visit in order to make the journey while lasting. The first major holy site that is definitely worth checking out is the Western Wall (also known as the Wailing Wall). This majestic structure is thought to be last remnant of the second temple built by Solomon. Millions of people gather together to this holy site and become one with another. People can insert prayers on paper into the cracks within the wall. It is said that the prayers come true for those who insert the paper into the cracks. There’s only one way to find out and that is to go there and do it yourself.
Church of the Holy Sepulchre
Another holy site worth visiting is the Church of the holy sepulchre. It is one of the holiest places of worship for Christians. If you love art, history and the look of a majestic structure, then this place is the place to be. This site is believed to be the location of Christ’s crucifixion , burial and resurrection. In addition to being one of the holiest places to visit, the interior of the church is said to have amazing mosaic patters surrounding it (image by Naveed Akhtar).
Dome of the rock
The Dome of the rock is also another great place for visitors to see in the land of Jerusalem. The Dome of the rock is said to be the third holiest site for Sunni Muslims. It is where the Prophet Muhammad was transported on his night journey from Mecca. As well as being a holy site for Muslims around the world, it is also a beautiful structure with robust features and colors. However, it is only opened for a few hours a day for the non-Muslims so you should get there as soon as possible if you can.
One of the most iconic locations in the holy land of Jerusalem is the Via Dolorosa. This 2 way street is the street where Jesus carried the cross on the way to his crucifixion. If you want to experience a real piece of ancient history, this is the place to visit (image by Reinhardt König).
Mount of Olives
Last but not least, the Mount of Olives. This mountain range is found on the adjacent to the Jerusalem’s old city. The name originates from the olives that grow on the mountain here. It is an exquisite site to behold and can be a lasting memory for you and your family.
Now, the best way to visit all these 5 magnificent holy sites is to come and visit Jerusalem. However you can’t do this if you have no accommodation. Luckily for you, Jerusalem holds hundreds of luxury to affordable hotels all near the holy sites making it easy for you to travel and see the majestic landscapes. The hotels in Jerusalem are found to be luxurious in their own rights and they are also thought to be the best ones within Israel. What’s more is the fact that all of these Jerusalem hotels vary in cost and you may find many options that meet you pocket. So go on ahead and visit Jerusalem today. You will not regret it.
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Feature image by Mohammad Usaid Abbasi