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Religious Guide to Jerusalem

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The epicenter of three world faiths and the key stop for any tour of the Holy Land, ancient Jerusalem is one of the most fulfilling and fascinating places to experience. And it is well worth a top position on your bucket list of must-see destinations!

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  • History Buff
  • Art and Architecture Lover

14 Places

3 City Tips

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14 Places

Old City of Jerusalem

Historic Sites, Historic Walking Areas, History Museums, Neighbourhoods

Dome of the Rock

Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites

Western Wall

Ancient Ruins, Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks

The Way of the Cross - Via Dolorosa

Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Church of the Holy Sepulchre

Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Church of St. James

Sacred & Religious Sites

Mount of Olives

Historic Sites

Garden of Gethsemane

Historic Sites, Gardens

Church of All Nations (Basilica of the Agony)

Sacred & Religious Sites

The Garden Tomb

Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites

Israel Museum

Speciality Museums

Ein Kerem

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Me'a She'arim

Neighbourhoods

Church of the Nativity

Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites

Chris O's City Tips

  • It’s a good idea to dress modestly for most of your stay, and definitely when visiting religious sites and orthodox communities.
  • Crowds and queues can be expected during religious holidays (be they Christian, Jewish or Muslim). Check to see if your trip coincides with holidays you might not have known about.
  • It’s good advice for wherever you travel, but maybe more so in Jerusalem than anywhere else: Be mindful and respectful of others’ cultural traditions and religious beliefs.
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    Old City of Jerusalem
    Historic Sites, Historic Walking Areas, History Museums, Neighbourhoods
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    Chris O Says:

    What other destination lays claim to as many historic, cultural, and religious sites set so close to each other as the Old City of Jerusalem? To visit Jerusalem without at least a wander within the Old City’s ancient walls would be to miss what makes Jerusalem so important.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • There's a build-up of touristy shops in the busier areas of the Old City; for more authentic souvenirs, avoid these areas.
    • Hawkers are polite but assertive. Simply say "no" firmly to offers you aren't interested in.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 319 things to do in Jerusalem
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A must 14/08/2018
    • most amazing city in the world 14/08/2018
    • Old City of Jerusalem
    Phone:
    +972 3-516-6699
    Other:
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    Dome of the Rock
    Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites
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    Chris O Says:

    Al-Haram al-Sharif (as it is known in Arabic) is located on Temple Mount in the Muslim Quarter of the Old City and considered to be the third holiest site in the world for Muslims. According to the Quran, the mosque is built where the prophet Mohamed ascended into heaven. Whether you're here for religious observance or not, the architecture, history, and location of this historic landmark are all draws.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Be respectful and aware of the religious beliefs of those around you.
    • Dress modestly when you visit. Women should wear headscarves.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #46 of 319 things to do in Jerusalem
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice from the outside 10/08/2018
    • They let me in! 09/08/2018
    • Dome of the Rock
    Address:
    Temple Mount
    Jerusalem
    Israel
    Phone:
    +972 2-628-3313
    Other:
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    Western Wall
    Ancient Ruins, Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Chris O Says:

    The ancient remains of Jerusalem’s Second Temple is a place of prayer, sacred to Judaism. The devotion and practice of faith and tradition here is a marvel to behold.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • If you are not here for religious reasons, please be mindful of those who are.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #10 of 319 things to do in Jerusalem
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A must see 14/08/2018
    • Unless you're Jewish, it's just a place to check off the list 13/08/2018
    • Western Wall
    Address:
    Western Wall Plaza
    Jewish Quarter
    Jerusalem 97500
    Israel
    Phone:
    +972 2-627-1333
    Other:
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    The Way of the Cross - Via Dolorosa
    Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Chris O Says:

    The route that Jesus is said to have walked to his crucifixion is a steep, winding, and narrow one that offers a rich glimpse into Jerusalem’s past. This is a place of Christian pilgrimage, where the faithful of many denominations come to retrace Jesus' steps.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The path is steep at some points and during religious holidays it can get extremely crowded.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #40 of 319 things to do in Jerusalem
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Long Walk, History, and Spiritual 07/08/2018
    • Friday with the Franciscan friars 04/08/2018
    • The Way of the Cross - Via Dolorosa
    Address:
    Via Dolorosa
    Old Town
    Jerusalem
    Israel
    Other:
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    Church of the Holy Sepulchre
    Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Chris O Says:

    At the end of the Via Dolorosa, this 4th century church is arguably the most important religious location in Christendom, and among the most visited places within the walls of Jerusalem’s Old City. The Church of the Holy Sepulchre is believed by some to be both the location of Jesus' tomb and the site of his resurrection.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Expect a steady stream of tourists and pilgrims wherever you visit — but especially during Christmas and doubly so at Easter.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #28 of 319 things to do in Jerusalem
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great experience 14/08/2018
    • must see whether your a pilgrim or not 10/08/2018
    • Church of the Holy Sepulchre
    Address:
    Suq Khan e-Zeit and Christian Quarter Road.
    Christian Quarter
    Jerusalem
    Israel
    Phone:
    +972 2-627-3314
    Other:
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    Church of St. James
    Sacred & Religious Sites
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    Chris O Says:

    Located in the Armenian Quarter of the Old City, this 12th century Armenian cathedral is a beautiful example of living religious history. If you’re fortunate enough to visit during a service, you will be as amazed by the sounds of adherents performing the rites as you are by the visual splendor.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Visitors are very much welcome as long as they keep in mind that this is the holiest of sites for Armenians, and still very much a consecrated church.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #75 of 319 things to do in Jerusalem
    • Unique and full of reliques 31/07/2018
    • Fantastic vespers! 22/07/2018
    • Church of St. James
    Address:
    Armenian Quarter
    Jerusalem
    Israel
    Hours:
    Sun - Fri
    6:30 a.m. - 7:30 a.m.
    Sun - Sat
    3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
    Sat
    6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
    Other:
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    Mount of Olives
    Historic Sites
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    Chris O Says:

    This holy site in East Jerusalem is associated with many of the most significant moments in the life of Christ. Views of the rest of Jerusalem from the top of the hill are stunning as well.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • To make the most of your time at the Mount of Olives, I recommend visiting with a reputable local guide.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #17 of 319 things to do in Jerusalem
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • History 11/08/2018
    • below expectations 10/08/2018
    • Mount of Olives
    Address:
    Mount of Olives Road
    East Jerusalem
    Jerusalem
    Israel
    Phone:
    +972 52-233-3837
    Other:
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    Garden of Gethsemane
    Historic Sites, Gardens
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    Chris O Says:

    At the foot of the Mount of Olives, Jesus is believed to have prayed with his disciples the night before his crucifixion. The garden is also the location of the grotto where Jesus and his disciples are thought to have often slept.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The garden is located next to the Church of All Nations. A visit to one without the other would be a shame.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #19 of 319 things to do in Jerusalem
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Gethsemane 07/08/2018
    • The other garden 02/08/2018
    • Garden of Gethsemane
    Address:
    Jericho Rd
    Jerusalem
    Israel
    Phone:
    +972 2-628-3264
    Other:
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    Church of All Nations (Basilica of the Agony)
    Sacred & Religious Sites
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    Chris O Says:

    Located on the Mount of Olives, this ornate and impeccably restored church was first built by the Byzantines in 379 AD and later rebuilt in the early 20th century. The church marks the place where, according to the Bible, Jesus threw himself to the ground and prayed in anguish the night before his crucifixion. It is named the Church of All Nations because so many contributed to the cost of its restoration.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The church is located next to the Garden of Gethsemane, which is also a must-visit.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #23 of 319 things to do in Jerusalem
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Spectacular! 08/08/2018
    • Spiritual Beauty 07/08/2018
    • Church of All Nations (Basilica of the Agony)
    Address:
    Garden of Gethsemane
    Foot of the Mount of Olives
    Jerusalem
    Israel
    Phone:
    +972 2-628-3264
    Other:
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    The Garden Tomb
    Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites
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    Chris O Says:

    North of the Damascus Gate entrance to the Old City, this is where some Christians believe the Resurrection occurred. Whatever their beliefs, many visitors to Jerusalem find the Garden Tomb to be an ideal setting for contemplation and reflection.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • As is the case with so many Christian holy sites in Jerusalem, expect crowds at relevant times of the year — especially Easter.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #13 of 319 things to do in Jerusalem
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • amazing place 11/08/2018
    • good day out for curious sole 10/08/2018
    • The Garden Tomb
    Address:
    Conrad Schick St
    Jerusalem 91193
    Israel
    Phone:
    +972 2-539-8100
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    Other:
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    Israel Museum
    Speciality Museums
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    Chris O Says:

    The Israel Museum houses one of the most impressive collections I have ever seen, but is worth a stop even just for what many believe to be the star of the show: The Dead Sea Scrolls, which include some of the oldest remains of the original Hebrew Bible. If that’s not enough, you will also find more contemporary acquisitions such as works by Pablo Picasso, Auguste Rodin, and Henry Moore.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Inside the Shrine of the Book (the white dome that houses the Dead Sea Scrolls), make sure to visit the equally fascinating Aleppo Codex, believed to be the oldest complete Bible in existence.
    • Finish off your visit in the Art Garden designed by Isamu Noguchi.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #9 of 319 things to do in Jerusalem
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Well worth the day 11/08/2018
    • Shrine of the book and temple model 10/08/2018
    • Israel Museum
    Address:
    11 Derekh Ruppin
    Jerusalem 9543500
    Israel
    Phone:
    +972 2-670-8811
    Other:
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    Ein Kerem
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Chris O Says:

    This ancient village, now set within the municipal boundaries of modern day Jerusalem, is the birthplace of John the Baptist. Ein Kerem is also believed to be the place where Mary, pregnant with Christ, met with her cousin Elizabeth to tell her the good news. Visitors to the village today enjoy the picturesque setting and the opportunity to see holy sites and attend church services.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Ein Kerem is about a 20-minute drive from the city center.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #32 of 319 things to do in Jerusalem
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Ein Kerem is a beautiful area outside of Jerusalem 16/07/2018
    • Peaceful and shady 11/07/2018
    • Ein Kerem
    Address:
    Ein Kerem
    Jerusalem 95744
    Israel
    Phone:
    +972 50-729-6609
    Other:
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    Me'a She'arim
    Neighbourhoods
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    Chris O Says:

    For many, a visit to the ultra orthodox Jewish neighborhood of Mea Shearim in northwestern Jerusalem represents a trip back in time. For others it’s an opportunity to observe the traditions of age-old customs and religion, still alive and well in the 21st century.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • Strive to be aware and respectful of religious observances and cultural practices of the local residents — especially if visiting during Shabbat (every week, from Friday evening to Saturday evening).
    • As this is an area known for its orthodox community, visitors here should dress modestly (dresses below the knees, no exposed shoulders or necklines, and sleeves to the elbows for women).
    • Tourists are asked not to visit in large groups.
    • Do not film or take photographs of locals without permission.
    • If visiting without a guide, familiarize yourself with the religious, social, and political views of the residents, as in many ways theirs differ greatly from those of most Israelis.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #76 of 319 things to do in Jerusalem
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great shopping for Judaica 19/06/2018
    • The city within the city 15/06/2018
    • Me'a She'arim
    Address:
    Mea Shearim Street
    Jerusalem
    Israel
    Other:
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    Church of the Nativity
    Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites
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    Chris O Says:

    Located in the little town of Bethlehem about six miles outside Jerusalem, this is the oldest church in the Holy Land that’s still in use today. The Church of the Nativity dates back to 339 AD and is, according to the Bible, built upon the grotto where Christ was born.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Make plans well in advance when visiting around Christmas.
    • It’s best to visit the area with a guide.
    • Keep abreast of current news before venturing to Bethlehem.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 35 things to do in Bethlehem
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Visit early or late 10/08/2018
    • Enjoy 07/08/2018
    • Church of the Nativity
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    5:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
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