Starting the day early, you get to explore some of the most important holy places in the world in just one day. This is how we made it to Temple Mount, The Western Wall and Church of Holy Sepulcher before lunch time.
Visiting Israel and Palestine at Easter 2013, we arrived Jerusalem in the middle of the night. It was too early for check in, and no stores, restaurants or cafés were open yet. We went into the streets as soon as it was light, exploring the quiet city on our own.
Our early start made us see the sights at a time when there were not much tourists yet, and people from various religions were heading for their holy places; Muslims, Christians and Jews.
We tagged along, sightseeing some of the holiest places in the world.
Temple Mount / The Noble Sanctuary
Perhaps the most holy, and debated, ground in the world. To Muslims, known as Al Haram Ash Sharif and to Jews as Ha HaBayit. This small hill located just above Western Wall. Arriving early in the morning is recommended.
The Western Wall
The most holy site in Judaism is this 2 000 year’s old stone wall, where worshippers recite scriptures, leave behind little notes of prayers and lay hands on the wall. Wear appropriate clothes when visiting.
Church of the Holy Sepulcher
One of the most holy sites in Christianity, is believed to be built above Golgata, where Jesus was nailed to the cross, died and rose from the dead.
Travel tips for sightseeing Jerusalem
- As sightseeing religious sites is one of the top attractions, remember to wear appropriate clothes.
- More tips for sightseeing: Lonely Planet and the official Jerusalem travel site: I Travel Jerusalem
- Check UK’s travel advice before you go