Jerusalem is one of the most sacred places on earth with thousands of people taking pilgrimages there every year. Here are some of the most popular sites to visit when in Jerusalem:
Mount of Olives – many of the events of Passion Week occurred here and it was also the place where Jesus spent his last few hours praying. There are a number of churches on this sacred site including the Paternoster Church, the Church of Dominus Felvit and the Church of Agony. The Chapel of Ascension sits at the top of the Mount of Olives.
Mount Zion – this is the site of the Last Supper as well as the Pentecost and is seen an exceptionally spiritual place.
Via Dolorosa – walking this is a highlight for most pilgrims. This sacred walk sees Jesus’ last journey recreated, through to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher which is the site of the crucifixion and resurrection.
Pool of Bethesda – a site where Jesus cured a frail man who then got up and walked after years of being infirm.
Monastery of the Cross – according to ancient tradition this monastery is built where the tree which supplied the wood for Jesus’ crucifixion once stood.
A city tour – this will encompass the western wall, western wall tunnel, Al-Aqsa Mosque, Knesset and the Israel Museum. A city tour can sometimes take days to complete – evidence of just how many sacred sites Jerusalem is home to.
Dome of the Rock – situated at the centre of Temple Mount, this beautiful temple is where Jesus is thought to have spent a large amount of his time. Today, it is at the very core of a bitter dispute between Palestinians and Israelis.
En Karem – situated to the south west of Jerusalem, pilgrims visit here to see the Church of the Visitation, the Church of St John the Baptist and the Cave of John the Baptist.
Planning a pilgrimage to Jerusalem can be hard because of the sheer amount of sites to fit in. Book one of our pilgrim tours and we’ll do all the hard work for you – planning out each and making sure you don’t miss a thing.