Jerusalem, the sacred city of the three great monotheistic religions encompasses a large number of places, the names of which resonate in the collective memory of half of mankind.
Living in Jerusalem has always been a bit of a gamble. The Ancient Babylonians, Egyptians and Persians all cast greedy eyes on Jerusalem`s wealth. In the seventh century, Muslims conquered the “Holy Land” along with its city sacred of three faiths. During the Crusades, Jerusalem changed hands frequently. After the knights of the First Crusade succeeded in breaching Jerusalem`s walls, they massacred nearly everyone within them, regardless of religion, killing as many as 40,000. Today, the Israeli and Palestinian states lay claim to parts of the city and Jerusalem`s body, violent history continues.
Within a matter of a few kilometers you can switch from the history and intensity of the old city, to the cosmopolitan buzz of downtown, from the hubbub of an outdoor market to the serenity of a panoramic lookout, from hearing Arabic on Salah al-Din Street to Hebrew in Malha Mall, from the tradition of Mea Shearim to the dance culture of Talpiot.
Jerusalem’s treasures are so many that only a few can be mentioned here. The most visited site is probably the Wailing Wall, a 400-metre-long section of the remaining wall of the terrace on top of the Temple Mount where Herod the Great built his great Jewish temple. This temple was destroyed by the Romans in the year 70 CE. The remarkable Al-Aqua Congregational Mosque, one of the largest and oldest in the world, is located nearby, also on top of the terrace of the destroyed Jewish temple.
There are so many attractions and sites here that it is impossible to list them all, although another ones not to be missed are: Haram Al-Sharif (Temple Mount), Wailing Wall and Jewish Quarter, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Armenian Quarter, Via Dolorosa, Citadel (Tower of David) and surrounds, Christian Quarter, Muslim Quarter, Mount of Olives,etc.
Why traveling to Jerusalem? I will let the photos speak. Enjoy!