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Sightseeing in Jerusalem - what to see. Complete travel guide

This wonderful city was founded 4 thousand years ago, and even nowadays it never stops amazing travellers by its splendor, rich choice of sights and unforgettable atmosphere of harmony. Jerusalem is one of the world’s largest religious centers, and it attracts people of different religions – Muslims, Christians and Arabians. Just like the majority of ancient cities, Jerusalem is full of contrasts. Ancient buildings here border with modern houses and you can endlessly enjoy magnificent landscapes, look at strict lines of churches and cathedrals, and walk on colorful markets and shadowy valleys.
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The Mount of Olives is one of the first places that should be visited during your stay in Jerusalem. This is the highest hill on the territory of the city and here are made several observation areas that feature stunning panoramic views of the city. Sub-mountain region is also very beautiful. It is full of olive groves and colorful flower glades. Here is also located the Church of All Nations built in 1925. Twelve Catholic countries participated in the building of this church, so each of 12 cupolas of the church is decorated with a national emblem of one country. Opposite to this church you can see another religious facility – the Church of St. Maria Magdalena built in the end of the 19th century. The holy building was created by the order of Alexander III and has the name of his mother. The church is served by monks of White Russian Church and its seven cupolas are decorated with orthodox Christian crosses.
Dominus Flevit church is also worth your attention. This is one of the newest churches built in 1954. The project of the church was developed by the Italian architect Barlucci. The main perculiarity of the project is in its cupola that has the shape of a tear. Finally, no rest in Jerusalem is possible without visiting The Kidron Valley where tourists can see most beautiful ancient tombs, several chapels and churches. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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In Jerusalem is located one of the main Christian shrines of the planet - the Temple of the Holy Sepulcher. Once upon a time, in this place where the temple now stands, a cave in which Jesus was buried was discovered. His miraculous resurrection happened here also. Today, pilgrims from all over the world come to bow to the temple and the relics stored in it. The temple is a large-scale architectural complex. On its territory, there are cathedrals and churches belonging to various Christian branches.
In addition to religious sites in Jerusalem, there are very interesting historical sites. In the Old City is the tower of David - the surviving fragment of the old fortress, which was built in the 2nd century BC. According to historical data, earlier on the site of this fortress was the palace of King David. After the death of the ruler, it was decided to convert his magnificent palace into a fortress, designed to protect the city. Now there is a very interesting historical museum in the tower. Its exhibits include ancient weapons, precious ornaments, archaeological finds and works of art.
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Western Wall (also known as Wailing Wall) is an internationally famous landmark of Jerusalem and a religious site of global importance. Many call it the "synagogue in the open air". Every … Open
Ben Yehuda Street remains one of the favorite places for walking for guests of Jerusalem. On this street, many beautiful old buildings are preserved, in which today are popular restaurants, cafes and souvenir shops. Musicians often perform on this street and you can also meet artists who offer to sell their masterpieces or paint a portrait. There are several special shops that sell cosmetic products based on the minerals of the Dead Sea, likewise on this street.
The most visited cultural institution in the city is the Israel Museum. It occupies an original modern building with a domed roof. The museum's opening took place more than 50 years ago. Now, its unique collection totals more than 500 000 exhibits. Among them are unique archaeological finds, which are more than 9,000 years old. The museum's exposition is very diverse; it covers a variety of aspects of the culture and history of the city.
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Vacationers with children in Jerusalem should definitely visit the Bloomfield Science Museum. All its exhibits are interactive, museum visitors are invited to conduct a number of interesting scientific experiments. After visiting the museum, even adults will know much more about the surrounding world than before.
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City tours, excursions and tickets in Jerusalem and surroundings

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Map of all shopping areas
Shopping streets in Jerusalem
♥   Shopping area ' Ben Yehuda Street)' Jerusalem, 1.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Shopping area ' King George Street' Jerusalem, 1.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Shopping area ' Mamilla Mall' Jerusalem, 2.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Shopping area ' Emek Refaim' Jerusalem, 2.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Shopping area ' Talpiot' Jerusalem, 4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all castles
Survived castles around Jerusalem
♥   Castle 'Rabadh Castle' , 77.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Kerak' , 81.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all parks
National and city parks around Jerusalem
♥   National Park 'Aqwa Bella' , 7.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   National Park 'Bet Guvrin' , 35.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   National Park 'Hare Yehuda' , 35.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   National Park 'Mazoleum Mazor' , 37.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   National Park 'Migdal Zedeq' , 40.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all art museums
Art galleries in Jerusalem and around
♥   Art museum 'Bible Lands Museum' Jerusalem, 1.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Jerusalem Artists House' Jerusalem, 1.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Israel Museum' Jerusalem, 1.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'L. A. Mayer Institute for Islamic Art' Jerusalem, 2.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Rockefeller Museum' Jerusalem, 3.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Sights around Jerusalem from our guide 'Extreme places on Earth'

The Monastery of Mar Saba

From the series “The Most Remote Monasteries and Temples in the World”
Like many ancient monasteries, Mar Saba is far from major settlements. It’s situated in the dead area of the Judean Desert, the so-called Valley of Fire. The only opportunity to visit this unique religious landmark is to have a long trip through the vast desert. Women don’t have to refuse from the experience, as there are several viewing platforms for them around the monastery. … Read further

Tomb of Zechariah

From the series “The Surviving Artifacts of Jewish Civilization”
Recently, researchers told that the tomb was built no earlier than the 1st century BC, so it makes it impossible to associate it with the name of the prophet Zechariah who lived in 8-9 centuries BC. A much earlier structure is located under the monumental structure of the grotto. Researchers assume that it can be a preserved part of the Byzantine Church. The tomb of Zechariah draws attention for another reason too. According to ancient descriptions, treasures are hidden close to it. … Read further

City of David

From the series “The Surviving Artifacts of Jewish Civilization”
The City of David is remarkable for its unique engineering constructions. That’s an ancient tunnel of Hezekiah that has been dug almost 3 000 years ago. During tours around the historic district, travelers armed with flashlights walk through the tunnel. Despite the fact that excavations in the historic district have been going on for almost 200 years, much of the artifacts are still hidden under a layer of earth. The City of David is very popular among travelers. Every day, it is visited by hundreds of people. There are comfortable hiking trails and viewing platforms, from which you can see ancient sights in all its glory and make spectacular photos. … Read further
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Sightseeing in regions nearby Jerusalem

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