This Jerusalem travel overview will give you a better understanding of the city’s history and geography.
Jerusalem, the capital of Israel, situated in the Judean mountains, the mountains seemingly serving as the city’s natural fortress, is recognized by many names, ‘the Jewel in the Crown,’ ‘the Golden City,’ ‘the holiest city in the world,’ and ‘the eternal city.’ Built 7,000 years ago, it is said that each stone in Jerusalem whispers a story, that each grain of sand echoes the dreams of the millions who have journeyed to this hallowed soil over the past thousands of years.
Strategically located, sitting atop the Judean mountains, Jerusalem was called “Urusalima,” meaning ‘City of Peace,’ and was chosen by King David more than 3,000 years ago to be his capital. Jerusalem sits at the heart of the Christian, Jewish, and Islamic faiths. The city evokes strong emotion and awakens a soulful surge amongst its visitors: when you stand in the presence of some of the world’s oldest and most revered religious sites in the world, your soul will be captured…and your story, too, will be whispered by the stones that echo others’ dreams.
- • Mount Moriah (Temple Mount)
- • Western Wall and the Western Wall Tunnels
- • Via Dolorosa and the Stations of the Cross
- • Church of the Holy Sepulchre: Believed by Catholics to be the site of the crucifixion, burial, and resurrection of Jesus
- • Garden Tomb: Believed by many Evangelicals to be the site of the crucifixion, burial, and resurrection of Jesus
- • Ein Karem: Birthplace of John the Baptist
- • Shrine of the Book: permanently displaying the Dead Sea Scrolls found in a cave in Qumran
- • Yad Vashem: The World Holocaust Remembrance Center
- • Mount Zion: Burial place of King David and traditional site of the Last Supper
- • Stephen’s Gate
- • The Upper Room
- • Southern Temple Steps