Travel back in time to a place with abundance of good spiritual energy – Jerusalem. The capital of Israel has emerged as a hotspot for tourists in the past few years. Being one of the oldest cities in the world, Jerusalem offers to tourists what no other city in the world can – a window to the past.
This holy city attracts thousands of pilgrims from around the world due to its rich religious heritage. The main religions prevalent here are Judaism, Islam and Christianity. Its architecture, too, boasts of its rich heritage, with every building having a story to tell. Divided into four quarters for Jews, Christians, Armenian’s and Muslims, Jerusalem showcases four different facets of the city, each unique and beautiful in its own way, yet joined together as one.
The Wailing Wall in the Jewish Quarter is one of the most visited places in the city. This massive, 2000 year old wall made of huge bricks is divided into two parts – one for men, and the other for women. It is said that if you write a prayer on a piece of paper and stuff it between the cracks of the wall, it will reach straight to God. Just being here makes you feel one with the Lord.
The Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the Christian Quarter is another landmark not to be missed. This church goes down in history, because this is the very place where Jesus was said to be crucified, buried and resurrected. Its magical ambience will surely take you back to the glorious days of the Christ. Since this church is always bustling with pilgrims, it is a good idea to visit it early morning.
Muslim tourists should definitely pay a visit to the Dome of the Rock. The structure itself is so amazing that you can’t stop yourself from exploring further. This shrine is the true epitome of Islamic architecture with its beautiful golden dome and blue mosaic walls. Non Muslim visitors can enter the courtyard, take pictures of the Dome and visit the surroundings, and simply bask in its magnificence. Just make sure you’re dressed appropriately, with no skin show and with your head covered.
While you’re in Jerusalem, don’t forget to try out traditional culinary delights in the city. All in all, if you’re looking for a vacation that will help introspect, head to Jerusalem.