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Historic Guide to Jerusalem

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Of all the historic sites and landmarks I have visited, nothing can even come close to Jerusalem. While the East Coast of the U.S. boasts 200 years of history, Jerusalem features countless historic sites dating as far back as the 8th century B.C. If you value learning from the past and enjoy stepping back in time, you will love exploring this city. Start planning your trip now!

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  • History Buff
  • Art and Architecture Lover

11 Places

4 City Tips

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11 Places

Old City of Jerusalem

Historic Sites, Historic Walking Areas, History Museums, Neighbourhoods

Western Wall

Ancient Ruins, Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks

The Western Wall Tunnels

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Temple Mount

Ancient Ruins, Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Ramparts Walk

Historic Walking Areas

Hezekiah's Tunnel - Siloam Tunnel

Historic Sites

Garden of Gethsemane

Historic Sites, Gardens

The Garden Tomb

Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites

Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center

History Museums

En Gedi Nature Reserve

Nature & Wildlife Areas

Masada National Park

National Parks, Historic Walking Areas

Joshua S's City Tips

  • Old City Jerusalem (where many of the historic sites are located) is a great place to walk around. No cars and small streets make it easy to explore on foot!
  • Make sure you find a map before you go. The Old City is full of winding roads and confusing pathways, and it is easy to get lost.
  • If you ever want more information on historic landmarks, there are many tour opportunities throughout the city. You can see it all on your own or find a tour that suits your needs.
  • Be prepared for warm weather. Israel's location in the Middle East brings high temperatures!
  • Old City of Jerusalem
    Historic Sites, Historic Walking Areas, History Museums, Neighbourhoods
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    Joshua S Says:

    When you come to Jerusalem for its rich history, I would recommend spending most of your time in the Old City. Many of Jerusalem's landmarks are located within its walls or very close by. It is an amazing opportunity to transport yourself back in time and see what it would have been like to live in Jerusalem thousands of years ago. While much of the Old City has been rebuilt since Biblical times, it is still far older than any history you can find in many other countries, and walking through the streets of Jerusalem is an experience I will never forget!

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Any time you are in the Old City of Jerusalem, I would recommend having a map on hand. The winding streets with high walls can be a bit disorienting.
    • The Old City has countless individually owned shops. While you're exploring the streets, definitely take the time to wander into a few of the little stores.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 258 things to do in Jerusalem
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Tickels all the senses 21/10/2018
    • History of the world 21/10/2018
    • Old City of Jerusalem
    Phone:
    +972 3-516-6699
    Other:
  • Western Wall
    Ancient Ruins, Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Joshua S Says:

    The Western Wall is one of the most significant holy sites for Jews living in Jerusalem. The wall is the closest worshipers can get to the location of the old Jewish Temple, according to Jewish religious law, and hundreds of worshipers visit the wall to pray every day. The importance of this location makes it a very unique and interesting stop while you are in Jerusalem.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • You have to go through a small checkpoint and metal detector to get to the Western Wall.
    • If you visit the Western Wall, I would highly recommend taking a tour of the Western Wall Tunnels.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 258 things to do in Jerusalem
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Glancing visit 20/10/2018
    • Trip Highlight 20/10/2018
    • Western Wall
    Address:
    Western Wall Plaza
    Jewish Quarter
    Jerusalem 97500
    Israel
    Phone:
    +972 2-627-1333
    Other:
  • The Western Wall Tunnels
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Joshua S Says:

    A visit to the Western Wall Tunnels is an amazing opportunity for a behind-the scenes-look at the Western Wall. The tour will take you underneath the streets of the Old City of Jerusalem for an up-close look at the incredible architecture used to build the wall. The tunnel follows along the lower section of the wall that is below ground and features single blocks of stones bigger than cars! Your guide can explain the fascinating process of how such unbelievable feats of engineering were accomplished without the use of modern technology. You will be blown away as you take in the size of the wall and the age of the architecture!

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • You do have to buy a ticket for the tunnel tour. Check online ahead of time for pricing and availability.
    • Bring your camera so you can snap pictures of the huge stones and ancient walkways.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 258 things to do in Jerusalem
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • The highlight of our whole trip! 21/10/2018
    • Hidden gem 21/10/2018
    • The Western Wall Tunnels
    Address:
    Old City
    Jerusalem
    Israel
    Phone:
    +972 2-627-1333
    Other:
  • Temple Mount
    Ancient Ruins, Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Joshua S Says:

    The Temple Mount gives a one of a kind look into the history of Jerusalem and the world religions. As a place of significance for Islam, Judaism, and Christianity, this place has been contested throughout history. Interestingly, now Jerusalem is under Israeli control while the Temple Mount is under Islamic control. In addition to the religious and historic importance, the chance to simply appreciate the ornate Dome of the Rock and the beauty of the Temple Mount makes it worthy of a visit.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The Temple Mount can only be accessed through a security checkpoint and walkway near the Western Wall.
    • Be sure to dress conservatively since this is a place of worship in the Islamic religion.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #35 of 258 things to do in Jerusalem
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Watch what you wear! 18/10/2018
    • Time your visit carefully 15/10/2018
    • Temple Mount
    Other:
  • Ramparts Walk
    Historic Walking Areas
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    Joshua S Says:

    If you want a little bit of a different perspective on the history of the Old City of Jerusalem, be sure to check out the Ramparts Walk. Following along the top of the walls of the city, this pathway will give you a bird's eye view of many of Jerusalem's landmarks and even some of the archaeological digs outside the walls. Not to mention that you get to walk on top of the wall of Jerusalem. You don't want to miss it!

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Tickets are required for the Ramparts Walk. Look online for pricing and hours.
    • Some friends of mine walked on the wall during sunset and said it was spectacular. If you can, plan your time accordingly.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #47 of 258 things to do in Jerusalem
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Ramparts Walk, Jerusalem 12/10/2018
    • A unique view of a unique city 07/09/2018
    • Ramparts Walk
    Address:
    Jaffa Gate
    Old City
    Jerusalem
    Israel
    Phone:
    +972 2-627-7550
    Other:
  • Hezekiah's Tunnel - Siloam Tunnel
    Historic Sites
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    Joshua S Says:

    Hezekiah's Tunnel may have been one of the coolest things I did in Jerusalem. I had already been amazed by the 2,000 year old history throughout the city, and Hezekiah's Tunnel is estimated to be another 800 years older still (dating to the 8th century B.C.). As you descend to the tunnel, you get to see a few archeological digging sites before you wind through the tunnel to the Pool of Siloam. The whole tour is fascinating from a historical perspective and quite the adventure as well!

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Wear shoes and clothing you don't mind getting wet. The tunnel has water running through and in some parts is up to knee deep.
    • Bring a flashlight. Headlamps are ideal so that you can have your hands free as you navigate the tunnel.
    • If you get claustrophobic easily, you might want to skip the tunnel. It can be a bit tight in places and some people feel uncomfortable.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 258 things to do in Jerusalem
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A Little Tough For Bigger People 21/10/2018
    • The kids had a blast and so did I! 15/10/2018
    • Hezekiah's Tunnel - Siloam Tunnel
    Address:
    Rehov Hashiloah
    City of David
    Jerusalem
    Israel
    Phone:
    +972 77-996-6726
    Price range:
    US$1 - US$1
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    08:00 - 17:00
    Fri
    08:00 - 14:00
    Other:
  • Garden of Gethsemane
    Historic Sites, Gardens
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    Joshua S Says:

    The Garden of Gethsemane, a very significant place for Christians, is where Jesus is said to have spent his last night before he died on the cross. While the exact location might not be accurate, this garden is close to where the event was said to have happened on the Mount of Olives. The Garden is full of olive trees and flowers, a beautiful and relaxing spot to spend some time and to read about the Biblical account.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The Garden of Gethsemane is within walking distance of the Old City. It can feel a bit longer than it is when it's hot out, but is manageable.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #12 of 258 things to do in Jerusalem
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A Most Special Place 20/10/2018
    • The Actual Garden 20/10/2018
    • Garden of Gethsemane
    Address:
    Jericho Rd
    Jerusalem
    Israel
    Phone:
    +972 2-628-3264
    Other:
  • The Garden Tomb
    Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites
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    Joshua S Says:

    The Garden Tomb is one of two possible places where Jesus was said to have been buried and rose again. The other is inside the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem, and while that spot feels very ornate and busy, with lots of visitors, the Garden Tomb has a much more restful atmosphere. Our guide shared some interesting historical support for why this could be the actual spot. The grounds are maintained beautifully and really capture the feel of what this place could have looked like 2,000 years ago. This is a very special place for anyone of the Christian faith, and an interesting and peaceful spot for anyone to visit.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Guided tours are available. Check the website for information.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 258 things to do in Jerusalem
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Contemplation 20/10/2018
    • One of Two Locations Claiming to be the Tomb 20/10/2018
    • The Garden Tomb
    Address:
    Conrad Schick St
    Jerusalem 91193
    Israel
    Phone:
    +972 2-539-8100
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    08:00 - 19:00
    Other:
  • Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center
    History Museums
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    Joshua S Says:

    Yad Vashem is a beautiful tribute to all those affected by the Holocaust. As you walk around the property, be sure to see the main hall where the entire timeline of the Holocaust is outlined, and the children's memorial, where one candle is reflected in a room of mirrors to look like thousands. A day at Yad Vashem is a sobering experience, but it's also a great opportunity to understand and learn from the past as well as pay homage to the victims of the Holocaust. The format of each exhibit is informative and displays personal stories to make the entire experience more relatable. I would absolutely recommend this memorial to anyone visiting Jerusalem.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • You can reach Yad Vashem by train from the Old City of Jerusalem. It is a fairly short ride and the train drops you off very close to the entrance.
    • Take time to read the informational text about each exhibit. You can walk through quickly, but it will be a much better experience if you take your time to soak it all in.
    • Yad Vashem is on the west of Mount Herzl ("Mount of Remembrance"), which is also the site of the Mount Herzl National Cemetery.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 258 things to do in Jerusalem
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Allow time 21/10/2018
    • Beautiful Architecturally Designed Center and Gardens 21/10/2018
    • Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center
    Phone:
    +972 2-644-3400
    Hours:
    Sun - Wed
    08:30 - 17:00
    Thu
    08:30 - 20:00
    Fri
    08:30 - 14:00
    Other:
  • En Gedi Nature Reserve
    Nature & Wildlife Areas
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    Joshua S Says:

    Ein Gedi is a picturesque and refreshing desert oasis. Located just across the highway from the Dead Sea, it is tucked away in one of the most desolate areas I have ever seen. When you start hiking the desert sun is hot and intense, but you quickly arrive at the first pool of water. The hike continues through a small valley full of greenery with waterfalls and swimming holes along the way. These are perfect spots to stop and cool off while you explore. It is also Biblically significant because it's the area where King David is said to have hid from Saul in the desert and wrote some of the Psalms.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Wear good shoes for hiking since the trail is dry and rocky.
    • Bring your swimsuit! You don't want to miss out on swimming in the refreshing water.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 17 things to do in Dead Sea Region
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • See wildlife in a historic setting 14/10/2018
    • Hyraxes & Ibexes 14/10/2018
    • En Gedi Nature Reserve
    Address:
    Route 90
    Road 90
    Israel
    Phone:
    +972 8-658-4285
    Price range:
    US$28 - US$28
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    08:00 - 16:00
    Fri
    08:00 - 15:00
    Sat
    09:00 - 16:00
    Other:
  • Masada National Park
    National Parks, Historic Walking Areas
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    Joshua S Says:

    As you drive south along the Dead Sea, you will spot a massive plateau in the distance. That plateau is Masada. At one time, there was a magnificent palace perched atop the steep cliffs, but now is merely ruins. You can ride a gondola to the top — or hike if you're up for the challenge — and read about the history of Masada as you explore the ancient ruins. It's a very cool experience with exceptional views over the Dead Sea and the Jordan Valley.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Be prepared for heat! Temperatures can easily reach 110 degrees or more. Bring water and sunscreen and dress appropriately!
    • If you do hike, be sure to have lots of water with you and wear good shoes. There is a spot to refill water bottles at the top.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Masada
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Amazing History 18/10/2018
    • Experience History 18/10/2018
    • Masada National Park
    Phone:
    +972 8-658-4207
    Price range:
    US$28 - US$28
    Hours:
    Fri
    08:00 - 15:00
    Sat - Thu
    08:00 - 16:00
    Other:
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