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Old City of Jerusalem with the aerial view. View of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Israel.


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Western Wall and Dome of the Rock atop the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, Israel.
PHOTO: Western Wall and Dome of the Rock atop the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, Israel. (photo via SeanPavonePhoto / iStock / Getty Images Plus)

Jerusalem, the capital city of Israel, is one of the oldest and culturally significant cities in the world. Jerusalem’s history dates back to the 4th millennium B.C.E. and is considered a holy land and spiritual center for Judaism, Christianity and the Islamic faith. Home to important religious sites such as the Western Wall, Temple Mount, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Dome of the Rock and al-Aqsa Mosque, Jerusalem has become an epicenter for spiritual pilgrimages. Although primarily known for its religious significance, Jerusalem is also home to a plethora of cultural venues and a thriving arts scene. Whether visiting Jerusalem, Israel to capture a piece of history, eat falafel, climb Mount Zion or hit the downtown club scene, there is something fun and intriguing here for every traveler.

Some of the finest hotels in the world can be found here, from 5 star palaces to budget-friendly hostels, Jerusalem hospitality is top-notch. The restaurant scene and selection is just as copious as the hotels. Being a multicultural city, Jerusalem offers a wide selection of international cuisine. From shawarma and schnitzel, to Palestinian beer and burgers, there is an unlimited supply of delicious and ethnic fare to go around.

Jerusalem is a city of contrasts. While Old City remains steeped in history, there are several parts of Jerusalem that are remarkably modern. It is biblical yet technological, urban yet majestic, attracting both the pious and the partygoer, making it one of the most versatile and exciting destinations in the world.