Jerusalem is a significant location for three major religions: Islam, Christianity and Judaism. As a result, it offers a multitude of historical attractions to interest secular and non-secular interests alike.
The walled Old City, with its narrow cobble-stoned streets, crooked and ancient storefronts, and charming hidden courtyards, is the epicenter of Jerusalem. Despite it’s small size, the Old City is home to a plethora of ancient sacred sites including Via Dolorosa, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Western Wall, the Dome of the Rock, and the room where the Last Supper is believed to have taken place.
Beyond the Old City walls, you’ll find a beautiful city with much to offer by way of art and museums. Yad Vashem, the memorial to the lives lost in the Holocaust, is a remarkably moving place to visit.
As a day trip from Jerusalem:
- Visit Masada, an ancient fortification and archaeological wonder, which was once the palace of Herod the Great.
- Take a trip to the Dead Sea, which is the lowest point on earth. Here, take a dip in the salty, restorative waters while enjoying the beautiful pastel colors of your surrounds.
- Travel to Bethlehem, a small, hillside city located in the central West Bank region of Palestine. Bethlehem is historically significant for the Judaism, Christianity, and Islam faiths. Today, travelers can visit the many churches, temples, and sites within Bethlehem – just know you will need your passport, and a local guide will assist you once you cross the border into Palestine.