Local Attractions

 

The Old City

The Old City

Jerusalem is the largest and most important tourist city in Israel, attracting millions of tourists from Israel and abroad every year. These tourists come to Jerusalem, and the Old City in particular, to experience its religious sanctity and its historical significance in the city's diverse sites.

Only in the Old City can one find an incredible blend of tourist sites and captivating heritage, wondrous archaeological exhibits and monumental structures that are sacred to all peoples - alongside spiritual and cultural journeys, human stories, religious costumes, scents and colors. Religion, history, sanctity and the mundane come together in the magical alleyways of the Old City.

However, the Old City also leverages and creates a cultural life, as well as entertainment and pleasure day and night - visiting amidst the colorful spices in the market, the aroma of knafeh and the fresh humus, watching festivals and nocturnal performances in quaint hidden locations, musical and theatrical tours, spectacular light and sound displays - an experience such as this can only be found in Jerusalem!

We invite you with open arms and a warm heart to visit the Old City and enjoy its diverse sites.

www.jerusalem-oldcity.org.il

 

The Mount of Olives

Mount of Olives

Located east of Jerusalem's Old City and separating it from the Judean Desert, the Mount of Olives is one of the most prominent sites in the Jerusalem vicinity mentioned in the Holy Scriptures. It is first mentioned as King David's escape route during the rebellion of his son Absalom, then later in the prophets; but it is most often referred to in the New Testament, being the route from Jerusalem to Bethany and a favorite location for Jesus' teachings to his pupils and where he wept over Jerusalem. Here, the Dominus Flevit Church was built by the Franciscan order in 1954 to designs by A. Barluzzi in the shape of a tear atop remains of a Byzantine church.

www.mountofolives.co.il/

 

The Israel Museum Jerusalem

Israel Museum

The Israel Museum is the largest cultural institution in the State of Israel and is ranked among the world's leading art and archaeology museums. Founded in 1965, the Museum houses encyclopedic collections, including works dating from prehistory to the present day, in its Archaeology, Fine Arts, and Jewish Art and Life Wings, and features the most extensive holdings of biblical and Holy Land archaeology in the world. In just forty-five years, thanks to a legacy of gifts and generous support from its circle of patrons worldwide, the Museum has built a far-ranging collection of nearly 500,000 objects, representing the full scope of world material culture.

Among the highlights of the Museum's original campus is the Shrine of the Book, designed by Armand Bartos and Frederick Kiesler, which houses the Dead Sea Scrolls, the oldest biblical manuscripts in the world, as well as rare early medieval biblical manuscripts. Adjacent to the Shrine is the Model of Jerusalem in the Second Temple Period, which reconstructs the topography and architectural character of the city as it was prior to its destruction by the Romans in 66 CE, and provides historical context to the Shrine's presentation of the Dead Sea Scrolls.

www.english.imjnet.org.il

 

Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem

Biblical Land Museum

The Museum displays thousands of artifacts representing the broad range of cultures of the Ancient Near East. A tour through the Museum is a walk through time as the thousands of treasures on display reveal the magnificent cultures of ancient Egypt, Sumer, Assyria and Babylon. The world of the Hittites, the Phoenicians, the civilizations of Greece and Rome and the importance of Canaan, Judea and Israel at the cross-roads of the ancient world come to life before you.

www.blmj.org

 

The Holocaust History Museum

Yad-Vashem

The new Holocaust History Museum at Yad Vashem is four times the size of the original historical museum it replaced. The new museum spans some 4,200 square meters. Throughout the new museum an emphasis has been placed on presenting the history of the Holocaust from a human perspective - featuring approximately 90 personal stories from the point of view of the Jews The new museum makes revolutionary use of multimedia presentation to present the historical narrative together with the personal stories. There are two presentations of video art - the 'Jewish World' before the Holocaust by Michal Rovner at the beginning of the museum, and the 'Epilogue' by Uri Tzaig. Over 600 photographs of victims and fragments of Pages of Testimony feature in the new Hall of Names.

www.yadvashem.org

 

Mahne Yehuda Market

Mahne Yehuda Market

Mahane Yehuda is the largest and busiest outdoor market in all of Israel. It is located in Jerusalem on Yaffo Street. It was established as a neighborhood in 1887, but only became an official market in 1928. The market is known for its variety of colorful stalls, cheap prices and is visited by people from all over the world. Many people like to shop there for the friendly atmosphere and rich bounty.

Mahane Yehuda contains hundreds of stands and shops that provide shoppers with all their needs. These include vegetables, fruits, fish, meat, baked goods, spices, candy, eggs, cheeses, household appliances and more accessories. The market has a variety of colors , sounds and smells.

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