Dome of the Rock
To next days we stayed in the amazing city of Jerusalem, 2 full days visiting the city, after that some trips from Jerusalem to the east of Israel (Dead Sea, Massada). Jerusalem is the capital of Israel since 1950 and, if including the area and population of East Jerusalem, its largest city in both population and area, with a population of 763,800 residents. Located in the Judean Mountains, between the Mediterranean Sea and the northern edge of the Dead Sea, modern Jerusalem has grown far beyond the boundaries of the Old City. The city is one of the oldest cities in the world. Jerusalem is the holiest city in Judaism and has been the spiritual center of the Jewish people since c.
1000 BCE, when David the King of Israel first established it as the capital of the united Kingdom of Israel, and his son Solomon commissioned the building of the First Temple in the city. Jerusalem is also considered a holy city in Christianity and contains a number of significant Christian sites, and due to the mentioning of the 'The Farthest Mosque' (the Dome of the Rock and Al-Aqsa Mosque) and the subsequent building of a mosque called 'the Farthest Mosque' on the Temple Mount.
Church of All Nations
The second King of Israel David reigned until 970 BCE and made Jerusalem it's capital. He was succeeded by his son Solomon, who built the Holy Temple on Mount Moriah. Under the leadership of the House of David and Solomon the kingdom was split in two, Jerusalem remained the capital of the Kingdom of Judah.
After that Jerusalem became conquered by the Babylonians, Persians, Macedonians, Egyptians and Romans. As Rome became stronger it installed Herodus as a Jewish client king devoted himself to developing and beautifying the city. He built walls, towers and palaces, and expanded the Temple Mount. Also the city became famous of the capture and crucifiction of Jesus. In 638 the Muslims conquered Jerusalem and is considered Islam's third holiest city after Mecca and Medina. On the Temple Mount the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Dome of the Rock are an absolute must to visit (as a christian it is not possible to go inside, that's only for Islamic people, but the view from outside are magnificent as well. In 1099 the Crusaders captured Jerusalem and founded the Kingdom of Jerusalem till 1194, when the Muslims under Saladim conquered it back.
Jewish tombs on the Mount of Olives
The Jews were driven out the city in 1244 after it's capture by the Mongols. After the Ottomans took control in 1517 and the British in 1917. The Jews came back, and after the independance of Israel in 1948 West Jerusalem became capital in 1950. In 1967 Israel took the rest of the city after the 6 days war. Now the Jews and Arabs live in the city.
Armenian St. Jacques Cathedral
In two days we could be able to see a great part of the city: the Mount of the Olives, Dominus Flevit Church, Church of All Nations, The Garden Tomb, Al-Aqsa-Mosque, Dome of the rock, Temple Mount, Via Dolorosa, the Armenian St. George's Cathedral, Western Wall, Mary's Tomb, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, King David's Tomb and the Holocaustmuseum Yad Vashem in Jerusalem. The photo's will say enough about the greatness of this city.
Jerusalem Hotels & Accommodations review
Jerusalem Gate Hotel
The Jerusalem Gate Hotel is big, has 9 floors, 298 rooms, standard rooms, to deluxe rooms, singles, doubles, twins and triples for the family. There i… read entire review