Mount of Olives
Muristan Street, Jerusalem
Church of the Holy Sepulchre
Jerusalem is perhaps the holiest city in the world, venerated by Jews, Christian and Muslims. It has five thousands years of history, and has witnessed more battles then anywhere else in the world. Many wish to live in it, visit it, and be buried in it.
How can one appreciate this city in just one day?? well, we can try..
We start with a stunning panoramic view of the Old City from Mount of Olives Viewpoint .
This is one of the most beautiful observation points in Israel. It enables a short introduction, a photo opportunity, – and even a camel ride :-).
Driving down to the Kidron Valley we will pass by several holy Christian sites, such as the Chapel of the Ascension, the church of Pater Noster, Dominus Flevit, Garden of Gethsemane , the Grotto of Gethsemane and Mary’s Tomb .
We then park by Jaffa Gate , and start exploring the Old City.
In the Jewish Quarter we walk along the Roman period Cardo, pass by the Burnt House and the Hurva Synagogue, to reach the famed Western Wall .
We then continue into the Muslim Quarter, and join the Via Dolorosa, the traditional path from the site of the
trial of Jesus to the site of his crucifixion. Assessing the Catholic traditions along the way, we enter the Christian Quarter, and reach the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, a complex built over the traditional sites of Golgotha and the Tomb of Jesus.
Grabbing some Hummus for lunch along the way, we can also appreciate souvenir shopping in the big Suq (market) at the end of the tour, possibly purchasing old B/W photos of Jerusalem at Photo Elia, unique textiles at Bilal Fabric Store, or Armenian pottery at one of the Armenian Pottery Workshops.
Happy and tired we return to the car at Mamilla, and if driving back to Tel-Aviv, we pass by Mea Sheaim, or by the “Capitol Hill” of the state of Israel in west Jerusalem, viewing the parliament building (the “Knesset “), the Israel Museum , and the Supreme Court Building .
If time and will permits, we could also drive for a view of Bethlehem, or possibly set a short visit of the Church of Nativity in Bethlehem .
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