One of the oldest cities in the world, Jerusalem has the highest concentration of sacred places compared to any other city ion the globe. Although it has been destroyed more on more than two occasions, captured and attacked countless times in the past, it is still the most famous religious city for Christian, Jewish, and Muslim people everywhere.
Church of the Holy Sepulchre
For both Catholic and Orthodox Christians, Church of the Holy Sepulchre represents one of the holiest places on Earth. It is the place of many well-known religious events, as it is here that Jesus was crucified and buried, as well as the place of his Resurrection. The main feature of this church is the Edicule, a chapel where the sepulcher is situated. These sacred grounds are filled with tourists praying or simply visiting the famous site. If you are planning on visiting Church of the Holy Sepulchre, be prepared to wait a long time to enter into the Edicule.
Temple Mount/Dome of the Rock
In the Old City of Jerusalem, the Temple Mount or the Dome of the Rock is considered to be the third holiest site for Muslims. It is also the number one most valued site in Judaism since it covers the Foundation Stone. The structure itself is majestically beautiful and large; however, because of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, it can be filled with tension.
The Western Wall
The Western Wall or the Wailing Wall, as it is also called, is beside the Temple Mount, center site for Judaism. The wall is all that remained from Jerusalem’s Second Temple, which was destroyed. However, Jews believe that the destruction of the physical did not destroy the spirit of the Temple, and they still come from all over the world to pray and put notes of prayers in the wall. You should keep in mind that you will be expected to wear a kippah, as this is a sacred Jewish site, but that won’t be a problem as they are free of charge. Also, there is a separate area for all female visitors.
This place is sacred to both Christians and Jews, as it was the place of many religious settings in the past. You can find the Tomb of Kind David here, as well as the Room of the Last Supper. With such locations, no wonder that Mount Zion is one of the sacred and most popular places in Jerusalem. If that wasn’t enough, you can also find Dormition Abbey here, which is the place of the Virgin Mary’s eternal sleep. One thing to keep in mind is that you won’t have any phone signal when you visit the Tomb of Kind David.
In religious circles, Via Dolorosa is known as the path that Jesus took to reach Golgotha after Pontius Pilate’s sentence. It translates to ‘the way of sorrows’ and it is one of the most popular and sacred roads for Christians who come here from all over the world to walk the same path that Jesus once walked. Just bring a hat or some protective clothing as it can get extremely hot during summer.