Jerusalem is one of the oldest and most revered holy cities in the world, home to religious sites important to Muslims, Jews, and Christians. Islam, Judaism, and Christianity are the world’s leading monotheistic faiths, and they each consider Jerusalem sacred. Inside both the new and the old Jerusalem, there are many religious sites that you must visit and explore for just a moment to understand why. Whether you are religious or not, Jerusalem’s tumultuous past and cultural significance can be felt by all who step foot on its holy soil.
The old city is so large that you will need to book a 7 to14-day tour just to ensure that you visit every significant site during your stay. Fought over for centuries, this proud city is enriched with a mixture of many cultures, historical events, and ancient architecture. Since it is important that you see as much as possible, it is in your best interest to book with a professional tour company that will be fully responsible for you and your vacation and ensure that everything on the itinerary is done according to schedule.
The Temple Mount
The Temple Mount, also called Haram al-Sharif, is a massive plaza of stone located in the Southeast corner of Jerusalem’s Old City. Date palms and cypress trees surround this beautiful site. Arguably the holiest place in the city, is has a major significance to Muslims, Jews, and Christians. Thought to be Mount Moriah, the site at which Abraham offered up his son as a sacrifice to God, you can now find two important Islamic structures located there: The Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Jerusalem day tours make sure to include both of these structures, so it is important to book with professionals, rather than on your own.
The Western Wall
This ancient stone retaining wall surrounds the Temple Mount plaza. Known also as the Wailing Wall, it is believed to be the closest structure to Solomon’s original temple and the Gate of Heaven, where Jewish prayer is directed. To Muslims, the Western Wall is known as the Buraq Wall. At any time of the day or night, you will find many people praying at this holy site. Book your guided tour today and see the beauty of Israel for yourself.