More than 5,000 years old, Jerusalem is an epicenter of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The city is rich with holy sites, including the biblical locations of Bethlehem, Nazareth, and the Sea of Galilee. To make the most of your visit, see below for some of Jerusalem’s most sacred destinations.
The Temple Mount
Sacred to three religions and also known as Haram Al-Sharif, the Temple Mount is an ancient elevated platform in the southeastern corner of the Old City. For Muslims, the site’s principal draws are the Al Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock, which is said to house the rock from which the prophet Mohammed took his night journey into heaven. For the Jewish community, the Temple Mount marks the location of the First Temple, while for Christians, it’s known as the spot where Jesus challenged authorities, partly leading to his crucifixion.
The Western Wall (also known as the Wailing Wall or the Buraq Wall) forms part of the Temple Mount’s western flank and is one of Judaism's most holy sites. The wall is a remnant of Jerusalem's Second Temple, which the Romans destroyed in AD 70. Today, Jews come from around the world to worship at the wall and place prayer notes in its crevices.
Church of the Holy Sepulchre
Located at the heart of Jerusalem’s Old City, this church is one of the holiest places on earth for Christians, marking the site of Jesus’ crucifixion, burial, and resurrection. From the church, the sacred route of Via Dolorosa (the road Jesus is said to have walked to his crucifixion site) leads to the Mount of Olives, where Mary's Tomb, the Church of Maria Magdalene, the Tomb of Zechariah, the Church of All Nations, and the Garden of Gethsemane are located.
The Zion Gate, which connects the Old City to Mount Zion, is an important site for the Jewish and Christian faiths. Here you can find the Tomb of King David and the Room of the Last Supper, where Jesus is said to have had his final meal. Other important Mount Zion locations include Dormition Abbey, where Catholics believe the Virgin Mary fell into eternal sleep, and the Tombs of the Prophets, which Judaism identifies as the tombs of the prophets Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi.