Jerusalem to Tel Aviv

Jerusalem to Tel Aviv

Jerusalem is the capital city in Israel and one of the oldest cities in the world.  Jerusalem offers the following points of interest for tourists and photographers;

  • Temple Mount and Dome of the Rock
  • Old city and Via Dolorosa street
  • Western wall
  • Church of the holy sepulchre
  • Tower of David
  • Yad vashem
  • Gethsemane
  • The garden tomb
  • Mount of Olives and the tomb of the Virgin Mary (and view of the city)

Jerusalem is a tourist hot spot, you’ll easily find a hotel in your price range.  You have the option of staying in the old or new city.  I recommend staying in the new city as you have easier access to shops and restaurants and it’s an easy walk to Jaffa gate and the old city.

Dome of the Rock, Temple Mount, Jerusalem

Dome of the Rock, Temple Mount, Jerusalem

Temple Mount, also known as Haram esh-Sharif is located in the old city of Jerusalem.  Temple Mount is considered to be one of the most important religious sites in the world for Christianity, Judaism and Islam.  There are 3 important religious buildings on Temple Mount;

  • Al-Aqsa Mosque
  • Dome of the Rock
  • Dome of the Chain

Security is very strict at Temple Mount, I don’t recommend you take a lot with you as everything will be checked before being allowed to enter.  It’s also likely you’ll need to show your passport before being allowed to enter Temple Mount.

Western Wall / Wailing Wall, Jerusalem

Western Wall / Wailing Wall, Jerusalem

At the side of Temple Mount is the Western Wall, also known as the Wailing Wall.  The Western Wall is one of the holiest sites in Judaism because it is the closest point which Jews can pray to where it is believed the Jewish Temple stood 2,000 years ago.  Men and women must pray separately as Jews oppose to men and women praying together, it’s against the Jewish law known as halakha.  There is another section of the wall where men and women can pray together.

Mount of Olives, Jerusalem

Mount of Olives, Jerusalem

Visible from Temple Mount and most of Jerusalem is the Mount of Olives.  It’s called the Mount of Olives as years ago the mountain was covered with olive groves.  The Mount of Olives is significant because the Acts of Apostles happened here, where Jesus ascended to heaven.  Jesus spent a lot of time on the Mount of Olives, teaching and prophesying to his disciples.  You’ll find a few points of interest on the Mount of Olives;

  • Russian Orthodox church (pictured above)
  • Tomb of the Virgin Mary
  • Garden of Gethsemane
  • Grotto of Gethsemane
  • Tomb of the Prophets
  • Catholic Church of Dominus Flevit

It’s a shortish walk from Temple Mount to the Mount of Olives but remember in summer it gets very hot here.

Via Dolorosa, Old City, Jerusalem

Via Dolorosa, Old City, Jerusalem

The Via Dolorosa can be translated as the way of sorrow, or the way of pain, which is the route Jesus Christ took on the way to his crucifixion.  Nowadays Via Dolorasa is a market, you can buy any souvenir you can imagine of Jerusalem, Israel.

Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem

Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem

The church of the holy sepulchre is located in the Christian quarter of Jerusalem.  The church contains 3 important pieces of history;

  • The site of the crucifixion of Christ
  • Jesus empty tomb where he was buried and later resurected
  • The site of the circumcision of Christ

A visit to the church of sepulchre is a must in Jerusalem.

The Last Supper, Jerusalem

The Last Supper, Jerusalem

Before the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, he enjoyed a final meal, the last supper.  This event has been made famous because of the artwork by Leonardo Da Vinci.  You can visit the room of the last supper in the old city of Jerusalem.  You’ll also be able to admire a gift from Pope Francis which he brought on a recent visit to Jerusalem (above).  The tree has 3 branches to represent the 3 different religions of Judaism, Islam and Christianity.

Sherut share taxi between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv

Sherut share taxi between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv

It’s very easy to organize with your hotel for a sherut share taxi to pick you up and take you to your desired hotel in Tel Aviv.  The cost of a sherut is around 60 Shekels and the journey time between the 2 cities is around an hour.

Tel Aviv to Narareth

2017-02-11T13:46:50+00:00 February 10th, 2017|Israel, Middle East|10 Comments

10 Comments

  1. Bhushavali February 11, 2017 at 1:54 pm - Reply

    Jerusalem is most definitely in my wish list! With all its UNESCO World Heritage Sites, I really really wanna go there! Thanks for giving me this initial virtual tour!

  2. Jen Morrow February 11, 2017 at 3:24 pm - Reply

    Good tips about security for Temple Mount. The Pope’s gift is lovely. There is so many important sites in that compact area!

  3. melbtravel February 11, 2017 at 5:12 pm - Reply

    I have always wanted to go to Jerusalem is one of those places that have fascinates me. Your post makes me want to go even more. I am going to pin it to my board for future reference for when I eventually good. Great read and thanks

  4. neha February 12, 2017 at 1:39 am - Reply

    Jerusalem is such a beautiful town. I have heard so much about it and badly want to visit. Waiting for the tensions in the middle east die down a bit

  5. Swati & Sam February 12, 2017 at 11:16 am - Reply

    I have also written a detailed post on Israel. The old city is fascinating, would love to visit someday but thanks for the advice for staying in the new city. It would be nice to trace back to Jesus path and know more about it. Western walls looks so splendid and Tel Aviv is definitely on my list too 🙂 Nice write up

  6. Cliodhna Ryan February 12, 2017 at 1:00 pm - Reply

    So much history in one place. It is strange to see photos the places I heard about growing up. I never really regarded them as somewhere one could travel to. It seems like you saw a lot in your time there.

  7. Ling February 12, 2017 at 7:30 pm - Reply

    My fiancee’s relatives just recently came back from Jerusalem and said it was one of the most amazing places they’ve been to. You’ve definitely captured a lot of that beauty and history of the country. The Dome of Rock Temple and Western Wall look pretty spectacular places to visit.

  8. Michaela Terese Harrison February 12, 2017 at 7:51 pm - Reply

    Love to see church of the holy sepulchre is located in the Christian quarter of Jerusalem. The photos are brilliant!. Thank your sharing as it is a place I will probably never get to see!

  9. Sarah February 13, 2017 at 8:06 am - Reply

    Oh, I can’t wait for the time I can take a trip with my parents here! They been wanting to go and I’ll just tag along! Haha! It’s been on my list for a long time, but this is one place that requires more than just a few days!

  10. Caroline @ The Travelling Sloth March 5, 2017 at 2:36 pm - Reply

    Israel as a whole has been on my radar for a very long time.
    Thanks for including the note about showing passports at Temple Mount – I hate carrying my passport on my person so I wouldn’t have known otherwise! There’s so much history squeezed into one site, especially considering its significant to the Abrahamic Religions. The Pope’s gift is definitely a beauty and really symbolic too. I hadn’t seen it until now.

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