Jerusalem is truly one of the most captivating cities in the world. It’s significance to the three major monotheistic religions — Judaism, Christianity and Islam — cannot be understated, and it plays a big part in attracting million of people from all over to the city. That said, there is more to Jerusalem than religion, including a rich history that has seen numerous cultures establish roots there and a burgeoning cultural scene that features world-class museums, a variety of restaurants ranging from traditional Middle Eastern and European cuisines to modern fine dining fusion and a bustling nightlife scene with bars, lounges and clubs that cater to all types.
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The Old City
With over 3,000 years worth of history packed into such a compact area, the Old City is a must-see part of Jerusalem. In addition to the history underneath every step you take, the Old City is also home to some of the world’s most iconic historical and religious sites, such as the Temple Mount and Dome of the Rock, the Western Wall, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and much more. And just walking through the narrow alleyways can be a journey unto itself as you pass by or stop in all of the unique shops and restaurants serving local cuisine.
While the history of the newer part of the city does not stretch back as far as that of the Old City, West Jerusalem is home to a bevy of important cultural institutions, major attractions, interesting neighborhoods, amazing restaurants and fun bars.
Jerusalem is home to some of the country’s best museums, including the world renowned Israel Museum, which regularly makes international top 10 museum lists and houses the Dead Sea Scrolls, one of the most important archaeological finds of the 20th century, in its Shrine of the Book complex. If you’re coming to Jerusalem for the Opera Festival, you’ll also be able to catch other fascinating exhibits through out the city, such as the “By the Rivers of Babylon” exhibit at the Jerusalem Bible Museum or “Jerusalem: A Medical Diagnosis” at the Tower of David Museum in the Old City.
Jerusalem is a melting pot of different cuisines. From traditional Palestinian and Arabic fare in the Old City and authentic European, Moroccan, Tunisian and more in the Mahane Yehuda Market to the unique cafes and modern fusion restaurants in Jerusalem’s fine dining establishments, there is something to wet every appetite.
Under every step you take and around every corner you turn in Jerusalem, there is a piece of history and culture, but if that’s not enough head to any number of Jerusalem’s highly acclaimed museums to get an in depth look at the history and culture of Israel.
Throughout 2015, the world renowned Israel Museum will be celebrating its 50th anniversary with special exhibits and events, and just next door, the Bible Lands Museum will be displaying its “By the Rivers of Babylon” exhibit, an exclusive look into the lives of the Israelites during the Babylonian exile through recently uncovered documents and artifacts from the era.
Jerusalem is also home to the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Site and Museum, which offers a tremendously moving experience and in depth look at the history and victims of one of the world’s greatest tragedies.
More about Jerusalem
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