Jerusalem

Immerse yourself in Jerusalem. Of course, you can see the primary sights in a couple of days—some visitors claim to have done it in less—but don't short-change yourself if you can help it. Take time to wander where the spirit takes you, to linger longer over a snack and people-watch, to follow the late Hebrew poet, Yehuda Amichai, "in the evening into the Old City / and . . . emerge from it pockets stuffed with images / and metaphors and well-constructed parables. . . ." The poet struggled for breath in an atmosphere "saturated with prayers and dreams"; but the city's baggage of history and religion doesn't have to weigh you down. Decompress in the markets and eateries of the Old City, and the jewelry and art stores, coffee shops, and pubs of the New.

The city is built on a series of hills, part of the country's north–south watershed. To the east, the Judean Desert tumbles down to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on Earth, less than an hour's drive away. The main highway to the west winds down through the pine-covered Judean Hills toward the international airport and Tel Aviv. North and south of the city—Samaria and Judea, respectively—is what is known today as the West Bank. Since 1967, this contested area has been administered largely by Israel, though the major concentrations of Arab population are currently under autonomous Palestinian control.

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  • 1. Western Wall

    Jewish Quarter | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Judaism is more a religion of time than of place. Historically, Jews have tended to emphasize the significance of an important event rather...Read More

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  • 2. Ben-Yehuda Street

    Center City | Pedestrian Mall

    Most of the street is an open-air pedestrian mall, in the heart of Downtown, forming a triangle with King George Street and Jaffa Street. It...Read More

  • 3. Broad Wall

    Jewish Quarter | Ruins

    The discovery in the 1970s of the massive 23-foot-thick foundations of an Old Testament city wall was hailed as one of the most important...Read More

  • 4. Cardo

    Jewish Quarter | Ruins

    Today it's known for shopping, but the Cardo has a long history. In AD 135, the Roman emperor Hadrian built his town of Aelia Capitolina on...Read More

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  • 5. Haas Promenade

    East Talpiot | Promenade

    Get your bearings in Jerusalem by taking in the panorama from the Haas Promenade, an attractive 1-km (½-mile) promenade along one of the city...Read More

  • 6. Independence Park

    Center City | City Park

    This is a great area for lounging around, throwing Frisbees, or eating a picnic lunch in warm weather. Some of the Muslim graves at the bottom...Read More

  • 7. Kidron Valley

    Kidron Valley | Ruins

    This deep valley separates the Old City and the City of David from the high ridge of the Mount of Olives and the Arab neighborhood of Silwan...Read More

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  • 8. Train Track Park

    Baka | Park (National/State/Provincial)

    This park separates the picturesque neighborhoods of Baka and the German Colony, to your left and right respectively as you leave the First...Read More

  • 9. Yemin Moshe

    Center City | Neighborhood/Street

    Attractive old stone buildings, bursts of greenery and bougainvillea, and well-kept cobblestone streets distinguish a now-affluent neighborhood...Read More

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