Jerusalem is one of the holiest sites in the world, but when you visit, there’s much to see. It can be difficult to choose which spaces are right for your journey. When you design your Holy Land tour with us, there are several things you should do in Jerusalem.
The Mount of Olives
One of the single best places to see the Old City of Jerusalem as a whole, as well as the natural beauty of Jerusalem as a whole is the Mount of Olives. Once considered to be the most important place in the city, it is located on the east side of the city. Here you’ll see more than 150,000 historical graves as well as multiple Christian churches. It’s a sacred space you should certainly visit.
The Old City of Jerusalem
Many believe this is the one spot you should see in all of Israel, and with good reason. Here you’ll find the Wailing Wall, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, and the Dome of the Rock, and while you’ll certainly want to add those to your list, there’s so much more to the Old City of Jerusalem than initially meets the eye. Beautiful bazaars dot the seemingly endless alleys, and there are many authentic food choices inside too that will help you experience the true flavors of the city.
The City of David
If you hope your trip allows you to connect with Jerusalem as it was in ancient times, the City of David should be on your list. It’s just outside of the Old City of Jerusalem, and it is an archaeological find in and of itself. Visitors can see pieces of the First and Second temples as well as the Gihon Spring, Jerusalem’s major source of water for more than a thousand years. It truly is the place where much of the Bible begins.
Largely considered to be where Mount Moriah was located, this is an essential location throughout the Bible. King Solomon built the first Temple here (950 BC), and the Ark of the Covenant once rested inside. After its destruction, Herod built the Second Temple here, and while it, too, was eventually destroyed, you can see many Holy relics here and connect with the Bible in a way you never thought possible.