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Jerusalem Travel Guide


Jerusalem Introduction


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For centuries, Jerusalem, Israel, has been a place where different ideas, people and religions run into one another, and that's a big part of what makes it such a fascinating place to visit. As the focal point of three of the world's major religions—Judaism, Christianity and Islam—Jerusalem's temples and shrines continuously welcome pilgrims bound for those places that make the city so special.  Click here to see the full Jerusalem travel guide on Travel42 »

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Jerusalem Geography


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The Old City is the main attraction for most visitors. Its twisting, cobblestoned streets can be overwhelming to newcomers, but if its individual areas are considered separately, it's more manageable. It contains most of the historic and religious sites and is defined by the ancient walls that enclose the 4-sq-mi/10-sq-km area. The Old City is further divided into Jewish, Muslim, Christian and Armenian quarters.   Click here to see the full Jerusalem travel guide on Travel42 »

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Jerusalem History


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Long before the most recent tensions, Jerusalem was the scene of repeated conflict and redemption. The city was a Canaanite settlement during the second millennium BC until its capture by King David in 997 BC, when it began to grow into the cultural and spiritual center of the Hebrews. David's son King Solomon constructed the Holy Temple on Temple Mount (the "First Temple") and erected city walls. Jerusalem was subsequently captured, and the Temple destroyed, by the Babylonians in the sixth century BC. Two generations later, the Jews rebuilt the Temple (the "Second Temple").   Click here to see the full Jerusalem travel guide on Travel42 »

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Jerusalem Sightseeing & Things to Do


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Jerusalem is a nearly unsurpassed sightseeing experience. Everywhere you look, there's an archaeological, historical or religious (and sometimes all three in one) treasure. You won't be able to see everything this city has to offer in one visit.  Click here to see the full Jerusalem travel guide on Travel42 »

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Jerusalem Nightlife


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Jerusalem's nightlife is livelier than ever. Much of the city shuts down for the Sabbath starting on Friday evening, but for the secular, a growing number of trendy restaurants and hip bars stay open. And don't overlook Thursday night: Most Israelis have Friday off or work only in the morning, so many venture out the night before.  Click here to see the full Jerusalem travel guide on Travel42 »

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Jerusalem Restaurants & Dining


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Day and night, many restaurants and cafes in Jerusalem are brimming with Israelis. Some restaurants are so excellent that Israelis from Tel Aviv travel to Jerusalem to eat. Many restaurants offer a business lunch, which includes an appetizer, main dish and drink, for a much lower price than what you'd pay off the regular menu. In some restaurants, the lunch hours run into early evening.   Click here to see the full Jerusalem travel guide on Travel42 »

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