Jerusalem is considered by many to be the holiest city in the world as it has sacred sites for the Jews, Christians, and Muslims. The old city of Jerusalem attracts pilgrims from these faiths, and has been fought over and conquered by many groups over the years. So many cultures have left their mark on the Israeli capital that it makes it truly unmatched in its abundance of photo-worthy sites.
In this video, we explore the four quarters of the city and see some of the most historic and sacred sites.
I recognize that this is an area of extreme importance to many people so please keep comments civil and respect all faiths.
1. Mount of Olives - Arguable the best panoramic view of Jerusalem. Many tour groups stop here and there is also an opportunity to ride the camel.
2. Church of All Nations - Beautiful church built next to garden of Gethsemane.
3. Tomb of King David - Jerusalem is King David's city, and he is buried in Jerusalem's Old City.
4. Jerusalem Walls - We enter Jerusalem through Zion Gate. We also pass by the Golden Gate which is sealed and has significant meaning to Jews as it is where the Messiah will enter the city when He comes to rule.
5. Gethsemane - Garden where Jesus prayed before the Crucifixion. Features olive trees from the time of Christ.
6. Church of Holy Sepulchre - Church built in the 4th Century, and arguably the most sacred site in Christianity as it is built on the site where Jesus was crucified, buried, and resurrected.
7. Via Dolorosa - Path where Jesus walked during the crucifixion.
8. Kotel (Western Wall) - Holiest site in the Jewish faith and only remaining relic of the Temple Mount. During our trip, there was a party in this area because someone had just completed writing the Torah.
9. Jewish Quarter - We walk through the Jewish Quarter which leads to the Kotel.
10. Armenian Quarter - Jerusalem has a large resettlement community for the Armenian people within the Old City.
11. Christian Quarter - The Christian Quarter contains the Church of Holy Sepulchre and Via Dolorosa.
12. Muslim Quarter - The Dome of the Rock and the souq (market) are main highlights.
What are your favorite sites in Jerusalem?
Stay tuned, next up is the Dead Sea and Masada!
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