If you have any time on your pilgrimage to Jerusalem, exploring what the city has to offer should be very high on your list. Jerusalem’s extremely long history and blend of diverse cultures and traditions means you can learn a lot about God, your faith and yourself. At ITS Travel, we’re on hand to help you have a positive pilgrimage experience, and can help you find a number of places to go and see.
Visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre
The Church of the Holy Sepulchre commemorates the site of Jesus’ crucifixion and tomb, making it the most holy place in Christianity. The Church was built in the 4th century by Emperor Constantine and was rebuilt by the Crusaders around 1149. Six different Christian groups share time and space to honour their traditions, including Greek Orthodox, Armenian, Coptic, Syrian, Catholic and Ethiopian churches.
Visit the Western Wall
Whilst you may be on a Christian pilgrimage, it would be a shame to miss out visiting Judaism’s most holy site. Built over 2000 years ago by Herod as part of the renovation of the Second Temple, you will see people observing the tradition of writing prayers and sticking them between the large stones.
Visit Haram el-Sharif (Noble Sanctuary)
Site of the Dome of the Rock and the Al Aqsa mosque, you will wonder at the beautiful early Islamic architecture. The Haram el-Sharif is the third most holy site in Islam and built in the 8th century.
Visit Eucalyptus and eat Biblical cuisine
This delicious restaurant serves a variety of Middle Eastern cuisine using the very best local ingredients. There are a number of different dishes that all originate from Biblical scenes and use herbs and spices that have been growing for millennia on the hills of Jerusalem and Judea. You will need to make reservations at Eucalyptus.
Walk the ramparts of Jerusalem
You may know the long, winding alleys of the Old City, but for an entirely new perspective, you need to try the ramparts walk. From the Jaffa Gate, you’ll walk on walls built by Suleiman the Magnificent in 1538. At a length of only 4km, you can easily walk the length of the old city and even see the Roman Gate below the Damascus Gate, and you will also see the closed Golden Gate.
White Father’s Compound
If you’re looking for somewhere a bit more quite, White Father’s Compound is perfect. It marks the spot where Jesus performed the miracle in John 5 of curing the cripple of 38 years. Explore the ruins of a Crusader church and a Byzantine Church, along with an intact Crusader church.
City of David
Take a tour of the Ancient city of David by taking the 45 minute walk through Hezekiah’s Tunnel. You will end up at the Siloam Pool, where Jesus cured the blind man as his second miracle in John 9.
The Israel Museum
You will need a day for the Israel Museum, home to over 500,000 artefacts from prehistory to the present day. With Jewish Art & Life, Fine Arts and Archaeology wings you can see the biggest Biblical and pre-historic collections in the world, including the Dead Sea Scrolls and other objects found at Qumran.
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