Camel and city view, Jerusalem, Israel (Israel Tourism)

Church of the Dormition on Mount Zion, Jerusalem, Israel (Israel Tourism)

Temple Mount and Dome of the Rock, Jerusalem, Israel (PhotoDisc)

Dome of the Rock, Old City, Jerusalem, Israel (Michael Freeman/Digital Vision/Getty)

View of Jerusalem, Israel (PhotoDisc)

Old City, Jerusalem, Israel (Israel Tourism)

Camel on Mount of Olives , Jerusalem, Israel (iStockphoto)

Old City of Jerusalem, Israel (Hemera)

Jewish Quarter in Jerusalem, Israel (Medioimages/Photodisc)


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What to do in Jerusalem

Jerusalem is the holiest city in the world—the center of the universe for three monotheistic religions. Its buildings shoulder 4,000 years of history, tugs-of-war, prostitutes, martyrs, and—most of all—never-ending and passionate conflict. So it’s no surprise that this “City on a Hill” isn’t a footloose-and-fancy-free kind of place. There’s a muted reverence that permeates not just the Wailing Wall, the Dome of the Rock, and the Via Dolorosa, but also the Old City souk that serves fresh-squeezed pomegranate juice and the chichi apartment buildings rising up in the west. Such weightiness is both magical and intimidating in a surprisingly real, sometimes even secular, city with shopping malls, taxis, traffic, atheists, and artists. It’s hard to say whether the city is becoming more provincial or more cosmopolitan—but such is its beauty.

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Traveler Reviews of Jerusalem

Richard rates Jerusalem
I have been to Jerusalem (both old and new) several times. To me it is a special place! No matter what faith you practice, especially true if you are Jewish, Christian or Muslim. Upon arriving the first time in 1985 I actually got goosebumps for merely being there. It should be one everyone's list as you will see from these pictures. This city truly has something special for everybody, I even found a disco that was "Country and Western" and participated in a good old fashion line dance and a fine Margarita! :)
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