Whether you choose to join one of our Pilgrimage tours at Its Pilgrimages or not there are many wonderful things to experiences in Jerusalem. As one of the most sacred places on the earth, visiting the city can help you to restore full faith in your religion. The history of the city is vast and enwrapped in cultural delights too making it a highly recommended destination.
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Many of Jerusalem’s most famous holy places are within the Old City walls. There are a number of different things to see within the walls including the Western Wall, Temple Mount and Church of the Holy Sepulchre. The Old City itself is a series of alleyways and shops selling souvenirs, clothing and food. The cultures alone in each quarter – Christian, Jewish, Armenia, Muslim – bring their own unique ambiance. A trip to the Old City will completely open up Jerusalem’s history, theology and archaeology.
Church of the Holy Sepulchre
Widely known as the holiest site to Christianity, the church commemorates the place of Jesus’ crucifixion and tomb. Originally built by Emperor Constantine in the 4th century, the church has seen many changes throughout history but has largely remained a completely holy sanctuary. Described as a church of churches, it invites six different Christian groups. Greek Orthodox, Franciscan (Catholic), Armenia, Syrian, Coptic and Ethiopian believers all share the blessed building with their traditions.
White Father’s Compound
Another site within walls of the Old City, White Father’s compound is a quiet retreat which is the perfect escape from all of the bustle in the city. A Crusader chapel and the ruins of a Byzantine church lie within the compound. The area is of particular Biblical significance due to it being where Jesus performed one of the two miracles in Jerusalem (John 5 references Jesus curing a cripple of 38 years).
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Haram el-Sharif or Noble Sanctuary
On the plaza at Temple Mount lies the Dome of the Rock, a beautiful temple of gold and blue tile. It is one of the earliest examples of Islamic architecture and has retained its extravagance throughout history. It is thought that the temple is where Jesus spent a large amount of his time. Taking a moment to experience the heavily religious site will bring comfort and belonging to many.
Siloam Pool in the City of David
Take a tour of the ancient City of David, the city that King David made the capital of his kingdom, to understand the importance of water in the religious history of Jerusalem. Hezekiah’s Tunnel brought the water of the Gihon Spring to the Siloam Pool. The pool is where Jesus performed the second miracle, curing the blind man, as found in John 9.The water is believed to have healing properties and many seek cleansing in the pool.
If you want to experience faith in Jerusalem why not sign up to one of our pilgrimage tours. Here at Its Pilgrimage we offer a number of different tours that take you across all of the holiest sites in Jerusalem. Contact us for further information. Our blog has a lot more tips to get you started on your pilgrimage.