Jerusalem is one of the oldest cities in the world. It is considered holy to the three major Abrahamic religions—Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
It is a must visit for every citizen and tourist. Jerusalem has many attractions, and on this page, I will share with you some of them.
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Attractions In And Around The Old City
- We will start with the jewel in the crown: The Old City. In this post, we will we visiting “The Big Three,” which are The Western Wall, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and Dome of the Rock & al-Aqsa Mosque. We will also visit additional points of interest like Church of the Redeemer and Davidson Center.
- If you explored The Old City for several days and afraid there is nothing more to see, do not worry. Around The Old City, you can find many places to visit. On Mount Zion, there is The Last Supper Room, King’s David Tomb, and Dormition Abbey. And on Mount Of Olives, you can find many churches.
- Join us for Night Spectacular at Tower of David.
- At the Ramparts Walk in Jerusalem, we will cover both routes: Southern and Northern. Ramparts Walk offers a different view of the old city. While walking old city’s massive walls, you can see both inside/outside from a high viewpoint, which makes it an exciting experience. Moreover, this is something that most likely your kids will enjoy as well. But, there are downsides as well.
- Join us for a Weekend in Jerusalem. During the weekend, among other attractions, we will be visiting Hebrew Music Museum, YMCA, join Machane Yehuda Market Tour and go for Kabbalat Shabbat at Western Wall.
- Have you ever wondered what attractions are there for children? If yes, then check out Jerusalem With Kids post.
Attractions Outside Of The Old City
- Our visit to Rehaviya neighborhood will include Ratisbonne Monastery, Bezalel street, and Monastery of the Cross.
- Ein Kerem in literal translation: “Spring of the Vineyard,” was an ancient village of the Jerusalem District and now a neighborhood in southwest Jerusalem. This picturesque neighborhood has many churches and art galleries, and you can easily spend a half day there.
- Biblical Zoo is one of fewer attractions that are open on Saturday in Jerusalem. It is probably my favorite zoo in Israel, for several reasons. More about that can be found in the linked post.
- Machane Yehuda Market is the most famous market in Jerusalem. In recent years it also became a popular tourist attraction with plenty of tours and workshops.
- Day Trip along HaNeviim street includes less popular points of interest, like Holy Trinity Cathedral, Italian Hospital, and Ethiopian Church. We also will be visiting Nachlaot and Mahane Yehuda Market.
- Selichot are Jewish poems and prayers of repentance, recited during the period before the High Holidays, in preparation for The Days of Awe from Rosh Hashana to Yom Kippur. Join us for Selichot Tour in the Old City.
- During Hanukkah, you can find many tours. We visited several of those Hanukkah Tours. In the first one, we went through Jewish Quarter, Four Sephardic Synagogues, and of course the Western Wall. And the second one was Hanukkah Western Wall Tunnels Tour.
- Knesset Tour will take you through a brief history of Israel and the Knesset building. Check Jerusalem With Kids post for additional info.
- The Israel Museum is the most significant cultural institution in Israel. Founded in 1965, the Museum has many different wings including Archaeology, Fine Arts, and Jewish Art Wings. It also features the most extensive holdings of biblical and Holy Land archaeology in the world.
- Bloomfield Science Museum is a great attraction for kids and adults who love hands-on science. And it is open on Saturdays.
- We visited Hebrew Music Museum during a Weekend in Jerusalem.
- The Museum for Islamic Art despite its size has many exciting findings including beautiful watches collection. Check Jerusalem With Kids post for additional info.
- Let’s visit Tower of David Museum and Night Spectacular at Tower of David.
Festivals In Jerusalem
- Knights Festival is an annual festival held at different locations in Jerusalem since 2009. At the Knight Festival, beyond Knight fights, you can see many Middle Ages activities.
- Festival Of Light is a free annual event that takes place since 2008. It is usually held for a week during June in the Old City. Each year new light installations are presented, and I would recommend visiting.
What are your favorite attractions in Jerusalem? Let us know in the comments below.
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