If you were born as a Christian, or raised as one, Holy Land would definitely be one of your travel bucket list. Israel is not only rich of its culture and history, but definitely also its beliefs, whereas the interesting part, the holy city is also home to two world religions, namely Judaism and Islam.
It was no surprised if there are numerous of tourist attractions due to its wealth, and this blog is written as a travel guidance for you who step on your foot to this ancient land, starting from visiting the Old city of Jerusalem, Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial, Israel Museums and many more tourist favorite destination.
Old City of Jerusalem
The Old City of Jerusalem is home to three key religious importance, such as the Dome of the Rock and al-Aqsa Mosque for Muslims, and then the Temple Mount and Western Wall for Jews, also the Church of the Holy Sepulchre for Christians.
In the old times, the old city was divided into uneven quarters, but today only four quarters are left, they were Muslim Quarter, Jewish Quarter, Armenian Quarter, as well as Christian Quarter. The previous small Morrocan Quarters was destroyed for a better access to the Western Hall.
Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial, Western Hall
If you read through World War II history, you would definitely hear about the Nazi Holocaust, a massive genocide of Jewish in Europe leaded by Hitler, and Yad Vasem was firstly proposed in 1942 at a board meeting of Jewish National Fund as a form of memorial for the holocaust victims.
The museum is quite large, it displayed the famous Holocaust History Museum, the art musem, exhibition pavilion, learning center, visual center, as well as the synagogue. Good news is you could enter the museum for free, as well as the parking if you drive. You would only need to pay if you assign a museum tour guide, and I suggest you to contact them in advance, so please visit www.yadvashem.org
You could explore more about Israel by visiting Israel Museum. The museum consists of the art, archaeology, Jewish art and life, also the famous shrine of the book. According to history, the Shrine of the Book houses the Dead Sea Scrolls, the oldest biblical manuscripts in the world, as well as rare early medieval biblical manuscripts.
In addition, it is not free to enter this museum, and you will need to pay for an entrance fee of ₪ 54 which equals to around USD 14, you could visit the website for more information as well as online ticket purchase www.imj.org.il
This 1750 foot of tunnel was built by King Hezekiah when he decided to protect the water in this city while Assyrian army approached. The tunnel system brings water from one side of the city to the other.
While you are here, you would definitely need a good tour guide’s explanation, also the tunnels can become very narrow and you would need waterproof shoes, also carrying a flashlight because the tunnel is very dark.
Mount of Olives
The Mount of Olives has been used as a Jewish Cemetery for over 3,000 years, and several key events in Jesus life related in the Gospels also took place on this mountain. The mountain is known as being sacred, where God will begin rising the dead on Judgement Day here. According to Planetware, this is also where Jesus ascended to heaven after his crucifixion and subsequent resurrection for Christian believers.
Garden of Gethsemane
The garden at Gethsemane is located on a slope of the Mount of Olives just across the Kidron Valley from Jerusalem, and Jesus and His disciples often went to this garden to pray. The most famous events here occurred on the night before His crucifixion when Jesus was betrayed by Judas Iscariot.
God designated “Jerusalem, the city I have chosen as the place where I am worshipped” (1 Kings 11:36). If you would like to worship God in the city he had chosen, and you loved to travel as well, why not include this Holy City for your next memorable trip.
This blog is dedicated to my beloved cousin, Ellyana Salim. May you be in this Holy City soon.