Ten Things That I Want To Do In Jerusalem
“The heart and soul of the Jewish people engenders the thought that if you want one simple word to symbolize all of Jewish history, the word would be Jerusalem” Teddy Kollek
The Western Wall is probably the most known attraction to visit in Jerusalem. The wall is believed to be a unique place where you can have a direct line to heaven. When you are there, insert a small piece of paper with your prayer in the cracks between the stones. Now you can also send your prayers by email to the wall and God or one of his interns will send you a confirmation back.
Yad Vashem is the Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem. It is not only a memorial to the six million Jews who died in World War II, but is also a research and educational center.
The Dome Of The Rock is the third most important Muslim sight (after Mecca and Medina). Dress modesty if you would like to visit the mosque. Muslims can go inside anytime. If you are not Muslim, you can only enter the Mount Temple during certain hours.
The Church Of The Holy Sepulchre is located in the Christian Quarter of the Old City in Jerusalem. It is a major pilgrimage destination for Christians. The church was built on the site of the crucifixion of Jesus. The church is believed to contain the slab of rock where the body of Jesus Christ was laid to rest.
The Arab Souq in Jerusalem is my kind of shopping. No price is the real price, final price or the wrong price. It is the ultimate marketplace with junk, jewels, spices, handicrafts and food in a never ending labyrinth.
The Jews are the people of the book. The main attraction at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem is the Shrine Of The Book. The Dead Sea Scrolls comprise the oldest copy of the Hebrew Bible in existence.
The City Of David is a collection of underground tunnels once ruled by Judean kings. Do not do this walk if you are claustrophobic or fear getting wet.
Explore the endless alleys and tiny streets of the Machane Yehuda Market. The market sells everything from fresh fruits to colorful spices. When night falls, the market (better known as the Shuk ) becomes a hipsters’ meeting place with loads of drinks and music from every corner. It is a great place to relax with friends over some food and beers!
The main roads in the cities of the ancient Roman Empire were decorated with spectacular stone columns. These streets were called Cardo. During Roman times, Jerusalem had one of these roads. This ancient street goes through the Armenian and the Jewish quarters.
For me, the main attraction in Jerusalem is Food. The “gathering of the exiles” here means that almost every culture you can think of from around the world has a flavor represented. Challah, Arab bagels, falafel, sabich, hummus, schwarma, kabob, fresh squeezed juice, bourekas, baklava, rugalach and lokum are among the foods to try.