See the place and the archeological findings where Jerusalem became Jewish three millennia ago. The City of David gives a rare opportunity to understand how politics and religion alike served ancient rulers to achieve their goals. You will explore the following:
- Support wall and place of King David's citadel and palace.
- The immense water system and watch towers of Abraham's time.
- King Hezekiah's tunnel and the fascinating story of its digging.
- The big Pool of Siloam of Jesus time, recently excavated.
- Where Jeremiah's prophecies are supported by the archeology.
Visit the place considered holy or important to billions, Temple Mount and it's surroundings. Walk on the same paving stones, climb the very same steps Jewish pilgrims walked and climbed 2000
years ago and see the remains of the gates they used when visiting the Temple. Learn the complexity of the place, known in the Roman world as one of the biggest projects man ever made. Understand the function of the main components then and their meaning to the believers. See the acts of Jesus in the place through their eyes and try to interpret it. Roam through today's temple mount and observe the beautiful mosques.
Observe the part of Temple Mount western wall sanctified during many generations by the Jewish people and named now Wailing Wall. See people of all kinds pray at this site day and night, all year round. See also some of the happenings there – like Bar-mitzvah celebrations or the taking of military oath by platoons of new recruits. Top it with an underground visit to the Western Wall Tunnels.
Follow the steps of Christ from his arrival in the city in the Holy Week to his final ascension:
A spiritual journey taking the route of the Procession of the Palms from Bethany via Mount of Olives to Temple Mount.
The stations during the last night of his life – the last supper (Cenacle), the agony and betrayal (Gethsemane),
the trial before Caiphas (St. Peter in Galicantu)
The 14 stations of the Way of the Cross (Via Dolorosa) – from the trial before Pilate to the crucifixion, burial and resurrection (at the Holy Sepulcher). Visit also the site of his ascension at the Mount of Olives.
Go through the Jewish Quarter and experience the following:
Go underground to see the Burnt House and the Herodian Quarter, residence of the richest people of the city and of priests of the temple 2000 years ago. See the movie picturing the last days of the city before its destruction by the Romans at 70 C.E.
Try to answer questions such as: what is a Moslem mosque doing in the center of the Jewish quarter? What are those monumental ruins near the central piazza? Is the ramban synagogue really the one that he used over 700 years ago?
Visit the beautiful complex of the Sephardic 17th–18th centuries' synagogues.
Explore the mediaeval citadel of the city and learn the history of Jerusalem from the very attractive permanent exhibition of the historical periods. Climb to the top of the big watch tower to have a spectacular view of the old and new cities alike.
Surround the quarter walking on top of the wall rampart and enjoy the view of the Valley of Hinom, Mount Zion and Village of Siloam.
Stroll through the roman Cardo and see also the part of it built by the crusaders, now serving as a shopping center, after being buried hundreds of years.
Walk through the Moslem quarter and observe the beautiful architecture of the Mamluk 14th-15th centuries' religious schools.
Take the view from the best points in Jerusalem – Mount of Olives, Mount Scopus, Hill of Evil Council (Sherover Promenade),
Ramat Rachel – to have the best views of the city, of the Judean Desert, of Bethlehem and of Herodium .
See more attractions in the new part of the city, among them:
Israel Museum and the Shrine of the Book housing the Dead Sea scrolls
The pearl of modern architecture in the city – the new building of the Supreme Court.
Chagall's colorful stained glass windows in the synagogue of the Hadassah hospital.
The Holocaust Museum – Yad Vashem with its new wing.