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What A Unique Place Jerusalem Holds



Jerusalem, the capital city of Israel, has a long and interesting history. It brings together ancient history, a blend of cultures and spiritual sanctity. In Jerusalem, you will experience a city of diversity in many ways. You will have the chance to witness both the old and the new, the natural and man-made, as well as religious and secular.

All the three main religions in the world, Judaism, Islam and Christianity, regard Jerusalem as their important holy ground. Thus, some of the most important features found here have to do with religion.

Jerusalem was established more than 3,000 years ago, under the leadership of King David after he defeated the Jebusites. However, its history dates back to around 2000 B.C. Few cities have inspired so much interest and controversy as Jerusalem. It has also undergone a number of important transformations. Taking just its name for instance, Jerusalem has been known by many names over the years. Just a few of the names include Jebus, Salem, Zion, Urusalim, Ariel, Mount Moriah and the City of David.

In 586 B.C. King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon destroyed the city of Jerusalem, completely bringing the Holy Temple to the ground. Erection of the temple, under the leadership of King Solomon, had taken seven years. It was about 90 feet long, 30 feet wide and 45 feet high. The survivors were taken captive and the city remained in ruins for about seventy years.

To cut the history of Jerusalem short, it suffices to say that the city was besieged about 40 times and destroyed 32 times. However, you will still have an opportunity to see some of the ancient buildings. The city became under full control of Israel in 1967.

There are many tourist attractions in Jerusalem, which will ensure that you enjoy your time there. These are some of the things that the city has to offer.

The Dome of the Rock

This great Muslim monument was built by Abd el-Malik. It is an octagonal structure that has a high dome. Its proportions and decorations make it interesting. The ground plan includes three concentric elements.

Biblical Zoo

It is called the Biblical Zoo because the various animals, reptiles and birds you will find here are mentioned in the Holy Bible. The visitor center is constructed in the shape of Noah's Ark.

Ophel Archaeological Park

This is the site of many archaeological findings from 1968. You will have the chance to learn an important part of the city's history here.

The Garden of Gethsemane

This site has a lot of significance to the Christians, as it is where Christ was arrested.

There are many other places that you can visit, including:

- The Pool of Bethesda

- Abu Tor

- The Great Synagogue

- Tombs of the Kings

- Hezekiah's Tunnel

- Tombs of the Prophets

- Pool of Siloam

- Natural History Museum

- Model of Ancient Jerusalem

- Shrine of the Book

- Damascus Gate

- Kidron Valley

- Ablutions Fountain

When you visit Jerusalem, you will understand why it's called the city of gold.



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