Sights & landmarks in Jerusalem

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  • Sue C
    44 contributions
    Went with Titan on an escorted tour of Israel, highlight of the tour if you like history and religion.
    Written September 21, 2022
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  • PROS
    • Unique world class tourist attraction
    • Perfectly intact archaeological remnant of 2000+ years
    • Possibility for an unparalleled spiritual experience
    • Immerse yourself in ancient history of Jews, Judea and Israel
    • Close-up observation and exposure to unique Jewish prayer religious culture and rituals
    • Mingle with those who observe Jewish prayer rituals
    • Open 24/7
    • Visit to Israel incomplete without it

    CONS
    • Can be crowded and congested and very disorganized
    * A strange combination of intense spirituality in the prayer rituals and those fervent supplicants at the Wall as compared to the holiday festive atmosphere in the plaza, as tour groups and family and friends meet and socialize- such is the Jewish life style experience
    • Beggars request donations and/or try to tie strings on wrists as a good-luck amulet) in return for donation)

    "I VISITED THIS PLACE"...
    ... with two teenagers in the final two hours of the mourning remembrance day of Tish Above, when we do a 25 hour fast from food and drink (including water) to commemorate the destruction of the Holy Temple structure of which this was the retaining wall 1953 years ago. Nonetheless, we were in great spirits as we mingled with the crowds of 20,000 others at this crowded plaza- we participated in the recovery afternoon flour offering (my 35 candid photos of anonymous individuals doing the ritual have been mistakenly attached to my previous 23 March 2022 review of this attraction- see them there).

    I also visited to participate in a Son-of-Commandment ceremony- certainly more festive and joyous: my many photos of that event will be attached to this review- please enjoy them.

    TIPS
    * Respectful appropriately dressed non Jews welcome (men/women separate)- to come and observe but don't invade a "personal space" of those doing the rituals and those praying fervently
    * Quiet piety in the inner prayer area
    * Do not disturb those engaged in their fervent prayer devotions
    * Approaching the Wall is possible for all, but in my hundreds of visits there, I only touched it once in 1978 for a second, and immediately regretted it: it's too holy. I recommend not touching it
    * The business about leaving a note in the wall is for tourists: we never did it and never do it, but the notes do become holy and are cleared twice a year and given a burial on the Mount of Olives.
    * Be thoughtful and discrete and unobtrusive when you take photos (of others) here- and not on the Sabbath and holidays
    Written September 24, 2022
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  • Khalid B
    Durban, South Africa238 contributions
    Just to the East of Musjid Aqsa, this hill is above alrge graveyard. The views of Aqsa and the old city are bretahtaking. Would have like some tourist info here and restrooms
    Written September 13, 2022
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  • ReCensore1980
    Turin, Italy287 contributions
    The Holiest place for every Believer. It’s a sum of different faiths and you must visit it. It’s located of the end of the so called “via dolorosa” and once there you may find a lot of people, different languages and a lot of queues.
    We visited it in the morning but we had nor enough time so we went back in the afternoon of the following day and we could appreciate much more as there’s less crowd. You cannot stay too much inside the tomb; there’s a monk who tell you to speed up!
    Written September 4, 2022
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  • Luke
    3 contributions
    Went on new Great Bridge tour this time. They have unearthed a part of the western wall that has been protected from the weather for nearly 2000 years. Shows what those amazing Herodian stones would have looked like. Leave the 100 Sheckles note jammed in a crack alone! Lots of other interesting spaces along the way.
    Written September 22, 2022
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  • ChinyeO
    Port Harcourt, Nigeria25 contributions
    The experience is better experienced than described. I loved every bit of it and we even had a prayer session and communion in one of the enclosed areas, The tomb itself is quite an experience,
    Written September 20, 2022
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  • Lynette L
    18 contributions
    Beautiful area and awesome feeling when I was there. Just to think, this is where Jesus prayed and walked
    Written September 7, 2022
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  • AlaskaSunSeeker
    Anchorage46 contributions
    Fun experience, definitely should be done with others, not alone. I did the wet portion. Water got up over my knees at first, then just to my ankles for the rest.
    Written September 20, 2022
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  • goodguyjas
    London, UK1,088 contributions
    On the edge of the old city is the first place I wanted to go to. The brilliant woman at the ticket office was very helpful and explained the renovation work that would affect part of my visit but was happy to pay and also get the audio device to play the commentary. You have to leave a physical deposit like a credit card or driving license etc for the loan. Once inside made for the roof to survey the area. Yes, the tower was scaffolded but the area looked like history still and you can only imagine who has stepped foot here. You are now part of that history. Great views all around and the inner area still transports you back in time. Now there is a restaurant here so tables were setup, which spoiled the look but not end of the world. Lots of places to walk, up and down and along walkways. Felt safe and good footing. Builders and a few places are taken over from the public. But still a good area to see. The Fabulous view of the Temple Mount and the Mount Of Olives area in the distance are a big highlight of the museum. Great pictures. Plus the city in the foreground.

    Walked around and you could visit some rooms and also walk to the Kishle lookout. Note you can continue to walk along the battlements and out of the museum. This area is open to the public. So remember to come back if you have the audio guide!

    Still great with renovating going on. Amazing feeling being here.
    Written September 6, 2022
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  • Elsaivers
    Washington DC, DC50 contributions
    Yes, you can visit the temple mount. Like other reviewers have mentioned, it is currently open to non-Muslim visitors beginning at 7am. Check with the guards the day before you plan to visit to confirm.

    The entrance is up a ramp and you will go through security first. They may ask your nationality. (I did not need to show a passport but it might not be bad idea to bring it).

    Once you go up the ramp, you may be asked to put on a scarf if you are not dressed modestly. You do not need to cover your hair, but as at other religious sites, women should cover their knees and elbows.

    Yes, you can walk around. I went just after 7am and it was very quiet and peaceful. Take a look, take some pictures. Admire the history and be respectful that it is a religious site.

    When leaving, the exit is different from the entrance. You cannot return to the Temple Mount through the exit which is another spot in the old city. There will be security there and the street will be blocked off so anyone who you want to meet after your visit would have to wait outside of the barriers.
    Written July 17, 2022
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  • Angel Lazar
    Jerusalem, Israel59 contributions
    This just has to be done by foot, carrying a cross from the very Garden of Gethsemane to Calvary and the Tomb of the Holy Sepulchre! This is the single most important part of our pilgrimmage journey!
    Written June 23, 2022
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  • Luke
    3 contributions
    Must see church. Modern era but amazing architecture and mosaic parapet. If there is a service there with singing it is very special.
    Written September 22, 2022
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  • Karen W
    Long Island, NY13 contributions
    Unlike the Arab quarter, there isn't as much shopping but it can be just as confusing to walk around. Although, there are some shops this is more residential than the Arab or Armenian quarters. There are some very interesting old market streets that have been uncovered and on display here.
    Written May 21, 2022
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  • Lynette L
    18 contributions
    Lots to see! The stations of the cross and the visit to the Church of Saint Anne was just a beautiful experience. The rooms are amazing to see. A must see if you are in the area.
    Written September 7, 2022
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  • Lynette L
    18 contributions
    A must see if in the area. Just amazing at all of the things to see in the Church. An awesome feeling and beautiful paintings and displays
    Written September 7, 2022
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