The city of Jerusalem must be visited once in a lifetime. It is a phrase that says all those who have known this place three times holy. It is a holy city for Christians, for Jews and for Muslims. And therefore, it radiates a spiritual atmosphere different from that of any other known site.
Cultural and religious tourism in the Jerusalem
The truth is It is not necessary to be a believer to soak up the religiosity of this city. Anyone feels that atmosphere during their stay in Jerusalem. However, this factor can be lived as a more cultural than religious aspect, if so preferred.
One way or another, it is clear that beliefs and history are very present. And if not, confirm it yourself doing the activities that we propose here.
1. Tour the Old CityDamascus Gate in Jerusalem
Our recommendation is that on the first day of your stay in Jerusalem you simply dedicate yourself to wander through the labyrinth of streets of the Old City, entering it through the spectacular door of Jaffa.You will see a network of trickster tracks, and unintentionally you will go through its four distinct zones: the Christian, the Jewish, the Muslim and the Armenian.
Each of the zones has its own personality and its different businesses. From the largest of all, the Muslim, which simulates an immense souk, to the smallest, the Armenian, dominated by the Patriarchate building.
2. Visit the holy placesDome of the Rock in Jerusalem
We have already said that the city of Jerusalem is holy to Judaism, Islam and Christianity. Y every religion has its sacred places here, by the way, quite close to each other.
In the case of the Jews, it is the Western Wall, who continuously, day and night, receives the Hebrews who pray here. For Muslims, the holy places are two: the Al Aqsa mosque and the Dome of the Rock, whose dome covers the place where Muhammad ascended to heaven leaving his mark on the rock.
Y in the case of Christians, the must-see place is the Chapel of the Holy Sepulcher. It is on Mount Golgotha, and it is assumed that it was built in the same place where Jesus was crucified. Just as there is also the cave where he was buried before he was resurrected.
3. Go shopping in JerusalemMahade Yehuda Market - Émilien Ruiz / Flickr.com
In any of the four neighborhoods of the Old City of Jerusalem there are businesses where we can do our shopping. However, There is a place that we should not miss: the Mahane Yehuda market.
Anyone who wants to smell and savor how the local population lives and feeds, should enter this market. An enclosure partly covered and part outdoors full of aromas and colors.
4. Get excited in a museumYad Vashem Museum - Maite Elorza / Flickr.com
The Yad Vashem museum is more than just an exhibition. It is a huge center for documentation, dissemination and research on the Holocaust. And of course, in its rooms, which are freely accessible, it is difficult not to be moved by what shows us of that despicable episode in the history of mankind.
«The duty of the survivor is to testify to what happened, (...) people must be warned that these things can happen, that evil can be unleashed. Racial hatred, violence and idiolatries still proliferate. »
5. Contemplate all Jerusalem at a glanceMount of Olives in Jerusalem
If, for the first day of your stay in the city of Jerusalem, we have recommended you to enter the Old City aimlessly, for the last day We ask you to approach the Mount of Olives.
A walk that will take you to a location full of emotion and beliefs. But also, it will allow you to see this unique city as a whole. And almost without provoking it, you will end up reflecting on what was seen in Jerusalem, reaching the conclusion that what we said at the beginning is true: it is a destination that must be visited once in a lifetime.