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. Church of the Holy Sepulcher

    Christian Quarter | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This church, which was built by the Crusaders in the 12th century (the fourth to be built on this site), is believed to be the place where Jesus...Read More

  • 2. Herodian Quarter/Wohl Archaeological Museum

    Jewish Quarter | Museum/Gallery

    Excavations in the 1970s exposed the Jewish Quarter's most visually interesting site: the remains of sumptuous mansions from the late Second...Read More

  • 3. Burnt House

    Jewish Quarter | Ruins

    We could almost smell the burning and feel the heat of the flames," wrote archaeologist Nahman Avigad, whose team uncovered evidence of the...Read More

  • 4. Jerusalem Archaeological Park and Davidson Center

    Jewish Quarter | Museum/Gallery

    Though strictly speaking outside the Jewish Quarter, this site is related to it historically, and is often visited at the same time. A gold...Read More

  • 5. 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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  • 6. Pater Noster Convent

    Mount of Olives | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The church built here in the 4th century AD by Constantine the Great became known as the Eleona (olive), and was associated back then with the...Read More

  • 7. Rockefeller Archaeological Museum

    East Jerusalem | Museum/Gallery

    Built in the 1930s, and now a branch of the Israel Museum, the museum has echoing stone halls and somewhat old-fashioned displays that recall...Read More

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