Jerusalem is a holy place by the majority of the world population including Muslims, Jews and Christians. When Israel was about to capture Jerusalem from Jordan, the Jordanian Army was ordered to retreat. However, some soldiers deserted and went back to fight. A rare example, where soldiers deserted not to save their life, but fight till death, defending Jerusalem.There is something special about this town.
For anyone with even a remote interest in history or religion, this is one place to visit before you die.
History is scattered in the streets of Jerusalem. But some places are absolutely not to be missed:
The Western Wall/Wailing Wall
: The legend says that all the prayers in the world come to this place and from here, they ascend to heavens. The Holiest site of Judaism has a sublime feel to it. Even the atheists cannot spare being overwhelmed by the sheer spiritual energy of the place. The atmosphere is infectious. Non-Jews might have limited access to some areas and activities. Do remember to write your prayers on a piece of paper and place it in the cracks of the Wall, just in case the legends were true.
Temple Mount and Dome of the Rock:
The iconic golden dome over the mesmerizing blue structure is one of the most recognized structures in the world. It is holy to both Jews and Muslims. Jews consider it the resting place of the Divine Presence on earth and Muslims believe that Prophet Muhammad ascended to heaven from this place. The Al Aqsa Mosque is considered to be the third holiest shrine of Islam after Mecca and Medina. Do visit with respect, take off your shoes and cover yourself properly before you enter. The Jordanian soldiers died defending this mosque, a place literally, worth dying for.
Church of the Holy Sepulchre:
One of the holiest Christian sites, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre is believed to stand above the tomb of Jesus Christ…! Dress soberly, and keep in mind the holiness of the church and take care of children. As expected, this place is crowded most of the times. Admission is free but visiting hours are regulated.
The Old City:
Lose yourself in the labyrinths of history and religion. Go around the streets of the old city, and see how diverse a place can be. There are the Jewish, Christian, Armenian and Muslim quarters of the City which offer their own unique blend of history, food and culture.
There are other attractions like museums and other places of historical significance. However, the heart of Jerusalem is the spirit of Abrahamic religions and Jerusalem is the living, beating heart of these religions.
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