It’s a city rich of history and wonders with an amazing architectural beauty. Jerusalem is a corner of the world where are concentrated the biggest world religions and you will be grabbed by their touch while going throughout it.
ISRAEL: DAY 1 – THE OLD CITY
David’s Tour, Via Dolorosa, Holy Sepulchre, Wailing Wall, Temple Mount
Walking on this street, we will arrive to Jaffa Gate. You’ll be charmed by its beauty; snap it! This gate is an ancient way through which you can arrive to the well-known Old city of Jerusalem.
You’ll be surrounded by alleys, streets made of white stones and coloured sands, singular markets of fruit. Here, fruits are oddly big but incredibly delicious and if you find yourself in this area within June and December, you’ll surely enjoy the famous pomegranate juice. It’s a must!
From Friday 5 pm starts the Shabbat, the rest day! Hebrews don’t (or don’t have to) do anything tiresome or which requires huge efforts; if they forget to close the fridge, they couldn’t even close it during the day!
Nothing electronic: they can’t use cell phones, computers or internet.
Being in Israel during those days will allow you to get closer to the Hebrew’s tradition.
Don’t miss, for any reason, the night sound and light show given by the lights and sounds. They will throw you in an exciting and magic sphere!
Inside the Old City, passing through the peculiar alleys and the small stores, we reach the Via Dolorosa. Also known as Via Crucis, this street represents the way that led Jesus to his crucifixion…
Only a word. Tourists. Tourists everywhere. However, let’s talk about the most important church of the Catholicism. According to the tradition, the Holy Sepulchre basilica was built on the same place where Jesus was crucified, buried and risen!
This wall is the remaining part of the walls that contained the glade of the Temple Mount.
Once inside, it seems to be in another dimension. People are praying, repeating psalms, writing their prayers on sheets of paper and then trapping it into the wall’s angles, and people together are singing and dancing.
Also known as The Noble Sanctuary of Jerusalem, this is the place where Judaism, Christianity and Islam get confronted for centuries now. Nowadays it belongs to Arabs! Inside we can find the mosque of Al Aqsa, even if the attention is immediately caught by the majestic Dome of the Rock, holy symbol of the Islamic religion. It’s not easy to get in and the schedules vary a lot; if you are interested, I just want to advise women to remember to cover their legs and hands, otherwise they will not be authorized to enter.
We are finally at the end of the day and I realized all the feelings I couldn’t describe… But at the end of my trip, I finally got it…
Jerusalem always does this effect: it’s the city of contrasts.
It always seems like you are in between black and white, rules and freedom, holy and secular…
ISRAEL: DAY 2
The Garden Tomb, the Mount of Olives and Gethsemane
This is the first huge tangible contrast.
In the XIX century, some people started to reject the catholic tradition stipulating that the Holy Sepulchre arises exactly where Jesus was crucified, buried and risen.
The reason of this protest is that the garden tomb looks more like the description found in the bible.
John the Evangelist writing about it said that the grave was situated in the garden of a rich man where there were a tank and a winepress here presents.
Not far from it, rises an escarpment which looks like a skull considered by the Christians -mainly the protestants- to be the real Golgotha.
It’s all silent and holy. Don’t miss it.
[It’s open to all]
Climbing this mount will allow you to visit amazing touristic sites while enjoying a dazzling panorama of Jerusalem.
A hundred of kilometres ahead, you’ll find a terrace where you could admire the landscape I told you before on the whole city. It’s enthralling, especially during the sunset!
At the bottom, there is the Garden of Gethsemane.
ISRAEL: DAY 3
Mount of Zion, David’s Tomb and the Cenacle
Just take time to go through all the alleys and streets of these areas; feel free to enter the shops of Armenian ceramics and artisanship, and enjoy the almost-perfect silence of the Hebrew quarter.
It’s the mount on which Jerusalem started to rise. For you, visitors in the Holy Land, it’s a must!
We are on the Mount Zion where we can find the King David’s grave. It’s located on the first floor of an ancient church of Hagias Zion and even if we are not sure it’s really the grave of David, this is one of the holy sites of Hebraism.
Some floors over David’s grave, we find what is supposed to be the room where was held the Last Diner also called the Cenacle. It’s very small but the fact that it’s where Jesus shared the Last diner before his crucifixion makes it a place to visit.
It could be expensive to sleep in Jerusalem; on www.booking.com, you’ll find several Hotels and if you book in advance, it could be more convenient.
On that portal, you’ll find flats and rooms rentable even for few days at affordable prices.
There are a lot of restaurants in Jerusalem but you must diner at least one time at the peculiar Market of Machaneh Yehuda. This place is genuinely eccentric.
During the day, it’s a succession of all type of stalls: fish, vegetables, spices of all colours, cakes you can devour with your eyes… All this in a warm and lively atmosphere.
At night, it metamorphoses in a place crowded of people and where with music and food, the moto is party!
Machaneh Yehuda is full of colours, flavours and life.
You should try it!
Set apart at least one week to go through every part
Of what this country can offer and you’ll deeply remain satisfied!
Jerusalem, which is built as a city that is compacted together.”
[Psalm 122: 2,3 ]