For most Christians, visit to the Holy Land is a dream. After all, this is the birthplace of their faith, the holy country and the center of their religious pilgrimage. The culture, history and beauty of this country make it a holiday spot where Christians can restore their faith, learn more about biblical history, and enjoy their journey to the land of milk and honey.
Jerusalem has a special meaning for Christians who come from all over the world. People of every faith visit Jerusalem every year. However, most of them are Christians who are thrilled to see the place where much of the Bible was played. As a result, many attractions, souvenirs and tours are specially designed for those who are from the Christian faith.
One of the first places that Christians love to visit is the Old City of Jerusalem and its four neighborhoods, which are surrounded by eight gates. Four quarters consist of the Christian Quarter, the Arab Quarter, the Jewish Quarter and the Armenian Quarter. Each neighborhood has different attractions and places to visit that will be of interest. Keep in mind that each quarter's environment is different, and it's best that you get information before you visit, so you can know what to expect and where to go.
The Western or Religious Wall is the last remnant of Jewish temps and was built more than 2,000 years ago. This wall provides the boundary between the Temple Mount of the Muslim Quarter and the Jewish Quarter. Due to the historical and emotional significance of the Religious Wall, many Christians visit it here. This is where many people stop meditating, reflecting and praying to God, some leaving their own prayer request inside the wall.
If you are interested in history and archeology, you will want to be part of the Western Wall Tunnel Tour, which runs through the underground parts of the Western Wall. This tour shows the course of the Temple Mount from the first temple period to the present. Temple Institute is another great place to visit where most of the ritual instruments used in the holy temple were reconstructed. You will find here a bookstore, a museum and a short film that describes temple instruments.
The church of God's grave is considered to be the most holy Christian place in the world. The church is located in the christian quarter of the old city and is located on Via Dolorosa Street or the Path of Passion. There is a garden tomb, and you will find a trail of fourteen cross-stations, which is spoken of by the way Jesus walked from the time of his arrest to the time of his resurrection. Inside the church of resurrection are the last five stations. Walking on Jesus' path is something that Christians are deeply enjoying and remembering for life.
In the Armenian Quarter of Old Jerusalem, the fortress is inside the city wall adjacent to the Jaffa Gate called the Citadel. It has been used as a means of protection for centuries, and excavations show that it may date back to the time of Herod. Cathedral of St. Jacob, also in the Armenian Quarter, is one of the most beautiful of all churches in Jerusalem. Built over the grave of the Apostle James, it was built in the eleventh and twelve centuries. The Vešper service is great because Seminary students of the Armenian Orthodox Seminary sing every afternoon from 3:00 to 3:30, creating a moving and beautiful tone that is unforgettable. The interior of the building is lit by hundreds of oil lamps hanging from the ceiling. There are no seats, but the floor is loaded with thick oriental carpets.
The city of David contains the ruins, which are the oldest part of Jerusalem, dating from the beginning of the Babylonians in 586 BC. You will find here walls from the 13th century BC, along with the fragments of King David's palace. The Olive Mountain contains many interesting places to visit, recommending traveling to the top of the mountain by taxi and slowly strolling through interesting places as you reach your descent. Ascension Mosque, Pater Noster, Tombs of Prophets, and Getseman Cave are just some of the places you can visit on the slopes of Mount Olive.
Within Old Jerusalem and modern Jerusalem, there are many places to eat and lodging. You will find hotels in Israel that have all the size, shape and cost to suit your travel needs. There are many possibilities in Jerusalem to help you. No matter where you choose to stay, you will not be disappointed by the Christian spiritual journey that awaits you in Jerusalem.