Sites in Jerusalem
Make the most out of your visit to Israel
The Old City and surrounding areas:
1. The Western Wall
The Wailing Wall
The lower section of the wall was constructed by King Herod 2000 years ago as a retaining wall to support the Temple Mount platform. Currently, sections of it are synagogue and prayer areas and the wall as a whole is considered the most holy of Jewish sites.
2. The Western Wall Tunnel
The Western Wall Tunnel is the extension of the Western Wall. It is the western part of a retaining wall built by King Herod to support the extended platform he constructed for the enlargement and restoration of the Second Temple.
3. The Dome of The Rock
Al Haram Al Sharif
The mosque was built in 691 by the Chalif Abed el Malek above the rock venerated by Muslims as the site from which Mohamed ascended to heaven. The Dome of the Rock is located at the center of a platform known in English as the Temple Mount and in Arabic as Al-Haram al-Sharif, or “the Noble Sanctuary”. It was constructed on the site of the Second Jewish Temple, which was destroyed during the Roman Siege of Jerusalem in 70 A.D.
4. The Church of the Holy Sepulchre
The tomb of Jesus
The traditional site of the crucifixion of Jesus and the location of the tomb of Joseph of Aremethia. Today’s church is the fourth built on the same spot. The first was constructed by Queen Helena, the mother of the emperor Constantine in the 4th century. The last was constructed by the Crusaders on July 15th, 1143. The site is venerated as Calvary (Golgotha), where Jesus of Nazareth was crucified, and also includes the place where Jesus is said to have been buried and resurrected. Within the church are the last five Stations of the Cross along the Via Dolorosa.
Church of All Nations
A garden to witch Jesus returned several times with his disciples; the last time being after the Last Supper in order to pray (Mark 14: 32-52). Today the Catholic Church of all Nations, built in 1924, stands next to the garden.
6. King David’s Tomb
King David’s Tomb is the traditional burial site of King David. The tomb is located in the corner of a room situated on the ground floor remains of a 5th century Byzantine basilica also known as Hagia Zion.