Dome of the Rock

The golden domed structure encasing the Sacred Rock has special significance, in that it is the place where Abraham was about to sacrifice his son and from where the Muslim prophet Mohammed ascended to heaven.

Yad Vashem

Yad Vashem was established by the Israeli Parliament in 1953 as a memorial for almost six million Jews murdered during the Holocaust. Among several divisions of Yad Vashem are the historical museum presenting an overview of the period, and the art museum, which displays works depicting life in the Jewish ghettos and concentration camps.

Western Wall Tunnel

Guided tours of the Western Wall tunnel must be booked in advance. What is now far underground was once open to the sky. You will see "Wilson's Arch" - part of the support for a bridge connecting the Temple Mount to the Upper City, along with large halls from different periods, including one that was perhaps the Jerusalem council meeting room or city archive from the Hasmonean period.

Chagall Windows

Famous Jewish artist Marc Chagall designed the 12 stained glass windows of the synagogue at Hadassah Hospital, Ein Kerem . Each window is a rainbow-coloured piece of beauty and the set depicts the 12 tribes of Israel. As this is a place of worship, photography is not permitted – so it is worth sitting still for a while to take in the wonderful detail sink in.

YMCA Tower

YMCA Tower was designed by Arthur Lewis Harman, the same architect who planned the Empire State Building, this high tower is a city landmark. In addition to the view, the structure contains a 35-bell carillon and three chapels for prayer and meditation

Time Elevator

This attraction, which opened in 1998, provides a white-knuckle simulator ride through Jerusalem's long and turbulent history. The audience is seat-belted in and given headphones for a journey through earthquakes, fires, and the destruction of the city

Jewish Quarter

Largely destroyed during Israel's War of Independence, the Jewish Quarter has been now restored. Here you will find a residential area, ancient and modern synagogues, archaeological sites (some located in the apartment building basements), and shops offering books, certified antiquities, art, and Judaica.

Ein Kerem

Surrounded by hills dotted with olive and cypress trees, this is a refreshingly quiet village about a 20-minute ride southwest of the Old City. Its quaint stone houses are mostly inhabited by Israeli artists and sculptors, and there is a variety of art galleries in the village. You will also find a choice of intimate cafes and restaurants, and religious sites such as the Ein-Karem church, the Church of the Visitation , and the Spring of The Virgin.

Tower of David Museum

Foundations for this citadel were laid by the Hasmoneans, and expanded by King Herod. Its historical museum presents the multi-layered and multi-cultural history of the city.

Supreme Court of Israel

Until 1992, Israel's Supreme Court was housed in rented premises. Its new building - a short walk away from the Knesset is architecturally impressive. The building links old and new with mosaics from Byzantine times and bricks reminiscent of those in the Old City alongside white Mediterranean walls.

Biblical zoo

Today, the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo, as it is still unofficially known, stretches across an area of 250 dunams (25 hectares or 62 acres) in a lovely valley surrounded by green hills and new neighbourhoods. The zoo encircles a small lake situated near the main gate. The lake is fed by a series of pools and waterfalls that flow one into the other. Spacious lawns and shady beauty spots surround the lake and pools. The water system is artificial, and relies on recycled water.

Western Wall

The Western Wall in the midst of the Old City in Jerusalem is the section of the Western supporting wall of the Temple Mount which has remained intact since the destruction of the Second Jerusalem Temple (70 C.E.). It became the most sacred spot in Jewish religious and national consciousness and tradition by virtue of its proximity to the Western Wall of the Holy of Holies in the Temple, from which, according to numerous sources, the Divine Presence never departed.

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