Explore Jerusalem

Jerusalem(Israel) is totally unique – there is no other place like it. A city of tradition, religion, and history, but also, increasingly, of modern culture and heritage, it is a city with so much to offer that you could spend years here and still not see everything.

Jerusalem is a city in Western Asia, on a plateau in the Judaean Mountains between the Mediterranean and the Dead Sea. It is one of the oldest cities in the world and is considered holy to the three major Abrahamic religions – Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Both Israelis and Palestinians claim Jerusalem as their capital, as Israel maintains its primary governmental institutions there and the State of Palestine ultimately foresees it as its seat of power.

Jerusalem was founded as the City of David in 1010 BCE, but there’s evidence of settlements there going back all the way to 4500 BCE. The Bible doesn’t have the first mention of Jerusalem. That honor goes to the Execration texts, written 3,800 years ago in Egypt. Jerusalem has been conquered more than 40 times including by the Persians, the Romans, the Ottoman Turks, and the British Empire. The First Temple was built estimates in the mid-10th century BCE and took around 150,000 workers. The Second Temple was built in the 6th century BCE and stood until the year 70 CE.

Tourist Attractions

• Church of the Holy Sepulchre

• Western Wall

• Dome of the Rock

• Yad Vashem

• Temple Mount

• Mount of Olives

• Tower of David

• Church of Nativity

Local Delicacies

• Falafel

• Hummus

• Schnitzel

• Muttabaq

• Shakshuka

• Baklava

• Jerusalem Bagels

• Halva

• Shawarma

• Kanafeh

• Israeli Bourekas

Things to buy

• Israeli Wine

• Olive oil Souvenirs

• Judaica Souvenirs

• Uniquely Designed Jewelry

• Olivewood Carvings

• Israeli Dates

• Israeli Ceramics

When to visit Jerusalem (Israel)

The best times to visit Jerusalem are April through May and October through November when the weather is mild and the crowds are thin. However, make sure to cross-check your travel dates with major Jewish celebrations such as the High Holy Days, Sukkot, and Passover.


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