Jerusalem is a must visit destination for millions of people all over the world for many reasons, its seen as one of the holiest cities in the world with amazing architecture, markets, people and the ability to walk through the streets and still feel the many years of history that have shaped this amazing city.
That history is especially important to believers of Judaism, Christianity and Islam which is what helps to make Jerusalem an extremely popular tourist destination. So why not invest in a Jerusalem car rental and see all these amazing sites today.
The Old City
First and foremost on the list of top things to do in this spectacular city has definitely got to be to see the Old City. At around 1 kilometre squared this may seem like a small area but it was actually the entire city of Jerusalem until 1860 which may seem hard to believe at first.
The Old City is also split into 4 quarters which are the Christian quarter, Jewish quarter, Muslim quarter and Armenian quarter. Each of these has their own cultural attractions and reasons to spend time exploring each one:
Here you will find the church of the Holy Sepulchre which is an extremely important religious site as it is built on the traditional site of the crucifixion, entombment and resurrection of Jesus Christ, there are also many other important churches and monasteries to visit.
The Western Wall is the biggest draw of visitors to the Jewish quarter as this holy site is a very important, powerful place for people of the Jewish faith, this is the iconic wall where you can write a prayer on a piece of paper and leave it between one of the cracks, the feeling you get from doing this is truly spiritually uplifting.
By far the liveliest and physically the biggest quarter, this is the place to be for a true experience of the Middle East. The smell of the local food will be what stays with you for your entire time here as it is one of the highlights, just make sure you try Knafeh, this local delicacy is a sweet pastry with goat cheese, a thick sugar syrup and usually garnished with crushed pistachios.
The smallest and least populated is the Armenian quarter, here you’ll find more religious sites such as St Marks Chapel, St James Cathedral and the Armenian Compound which is historically important as it was where refugees arrived from Turkey after the Armenian genocide. Inside you’ll be able to learn more about the history of the Armenian people.
This is the must see attraction for any historian, art lover or anyone with an interest in the history and culture of Israel. Opened in 1965 this museum houses a spectacular array of artefacts from across generations, such as the Dead Sea Scrolls, as well as art by world renowned artists Rembrandt, Marc Chagall and Camille Pissarro.
Historians will love the Second Temple model which depicts Jerusalem before its destruction by the Romans and culture seekers will love the Art Garden which features abstract sculptures by master artists all of which are located in beautiful surroundings.
Last on our list is the nightlife in Jerusalem as this city doesn’t shut up shop of a night, there are a whole host of activities that can be enjoyed. The unique neighbourhood of Nahalat Shiv’a is a great place to grab a drink at a bar, you can take part in one of the many tours to see as much of the city as possible or listen to some great live music found all over Jerusalem.
Even if you walk the streets of this historical city of a night you’ll be guaranteed to find something that takes your interest.