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Religious Sites in Jerusalem

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Jerusalem is one of the most significant and certainly the best-known religious city in the world. The city is considered a holy place by a number of religious traditions, including the Abrahamic religions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Some of the most sacred places for each of these religions are found within Jerusalem, and some sites — such as the Temple Mount — are shared by all three.

Sites in Jerusalem significant to Islam include the Dome of the Rock, a beautiful 7th-century shrine that houses the rock from which the Prophet Mohammed took his Night Journey into heaven (the rock is also associated with Abraham's near-sacrifice of Isaac), and the Al Aqsa Mosque.

Sites significant to Judaism include the Temple Mount, an ancient elevated platform in the Old City. The Western Wall, which forms part of the Temple Mount’s western flank, is one of Judaism's most holy sites. The wall is a remnant of Jerusalem's Second Temple, which the Romans destroyed in 70 AD. Jews come from around the world come to worship at the wall and place prayer notes in its crevices. Another site important to Judaism is Zion Gate, which connects the Old City to Mount Zion. The Tomb of King David is located here, as is the Room of the Last Supper, where Jesus is said to have had his final meal. Also located on Mount Zion is Dormition Abbey, which Catholic tradition holds is where the Virgin Mary fell into eternal sleep. Not far away is the Tombs of the Prophets, which Judaism identifies as the tombs of the prophets Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi.

Significant to both Christians and Muslims is the Chapel of the Ascension, a Crusader-era chapel that marks the spot where Jesus ascended into heaven after his resurrection. Also significant to Christians is the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, which marks the site of Jesus’ crucifixion, burial and resurrection. For Catholic and Orthodox Christians, this is the holiest place on earth. Other important Christian sites are the Via Dolorosa, the road Jesus walked from the place where Pontius Pilate sentenced him to death to where he was crucified; the Mount of Olives, where Mary's Tomb, the Church of Maria Magdelene, the Tomb of Zechariah and the Garden of Gethsemane are all located;  the Church of All Nations, which stands over the traditional site where Jesus prayed on the night of his betrayal; and the Last Supper Room, among many, many others.

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Christmas Eve in Israel: Jerusalem Sightseeing Tour with Dinner and Midnight Mass Viewing in Bethlehem

See popular sites of the Holy Land on this full-day Christmas Eve tour of Jerusalem and Bethlehem! Visit revered Christian basilicas like the Church of the ...  Read more

Location: Jerusalem, Israel
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $125.00

Day Tour of Jerusalem and Bethlehem

4 star rating: Recommended 44 Reviews

Discover the roots of different religions and cultures on this inspiring day trip to Jerusalem and Bethlehem. These ancient Holy Land towns will provide you ...  Read more

Location: Jerusalem, Israel
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $104.00

4-Day Christian and Jewish Sacred Sites Tour: Jerusalem, Jericho, Bethlehem and Nazareth

This immersive 4-day tour from Jerusalem takes you on an inspiring journey into Israel’s religious history. Gain fascinating insight into biblical tales from ...  Read more

Location: Jerusalem, Israel
Duration: 4 days (approx.)

From USD $630.00

5-Day Best of Israel Tour from Tel Aviv: Jerusalem, Dead Sea, Nazareth, and Masada

3 star rating: Worth doing 4 Reviews

Discover Israel’s holy highlights on an action-packed 5-day tour from Tel Aviv, with hotel and 'kibbutz' (family-run guesthouse) accommodation included. Led by ...  Read more

Location: Tel Aviv, Israel
Duration: 5 days (approx.)

From USD $786.00

5-Day Israel Tour from Jerusalem: Dead Sea, Nazareth and Masada

This action-packed 5-day tour from Jerusalem offers a perfect introduction to Israel’s holy highlights and top attractions. With your expert local guide, e ...  Read more

Location: Jerusalem, Israel
Duration: 5 days (approx.)

From USD $786.00

Jerusalem Half-Day Tour from Tel Aviv: Dome of the Rock and Western Wall

4.5 star rating: Recommended 13 Reviews

Get inspired by Jerusalem and combine ancient history with spiritual sanctity in this half-day tour from Tel Aviv.  Discover the quarters of the Old City ...  Read more

Location: Tel Aviv, Israel
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $56.00

4-Day Christian and Jewish Sacred Sites Tour from Tel Aviv: Jerusalem, Jericho, Bethlehem and Nazareth

Immerse yourself in Israel’s religious history and heritage on this incredible 4-day tour from Tel Aviv. Visit the most noteworthy Christian and Jewish holy ...  Read more

Location: Tel Aviv, Israel
Duration: 4 days (approx.)

From USD $630.00

Jerusalem Walking Tour: In the Footsteps of Jesus

Trace the footsteps of Jesus Christ on a full-day walking tour of Jerusalem, and see the settings of many time-honored biblical tales. With a knowledgeable ...  Read more

Location: Jerusalem, Israel
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $89.00

Highlights of Israel Day Trip: Jerusalem and the Dead Sea

4.5 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

See the highlights of Israel in one day on an evocative sightseeing trip from Jerusalem. You will discover the ancient city of Jerusalem, a holy site for many ...  Read more

Location: Jerusalem, Israel
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $104.00

Old and New Jerusalem Day Trip from Tel Aviv

Be swept away by the ancient and religious sites of Jerusalem on this compelling full-day coach and walking tour from Tel Aviv. With an expert guide to explain ...  Read more

Location: Tel Aviv, Israel
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $89.00

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