Jerusalem a Country of Contrasts
Taking a trip to Jerusalem means visiting a city of contrasts. Jerusalem has always had seemingly incongruent aspects living side by side. All Jerusalem tours will make that apparent to any visitor. One of the most interesting contrasts a visitor will find on Holy Land tours is the holy present with a walk on the wilder side.
Jerusalem is home to holy sites for three major world religions. Jerusalem tours will take to you all the major religious sites. As the capital city for the Jewish nation for more than 3,000 years, Jerusalem holds Judaism’s holiest site, the Western Wall. The Western Wall is the only remnant left of the walls that surrounded the Holy Temple, last destroyed by the Romans in 70 A.D.
The next stop on the holy side of Jerusalem tours is to the Dome of the Rock. This mosque was built on the site of the Holy Temple in 637 A.D. as part of the Muslim conquest of Syria, which controlled Jerusalem at the time. The mosque has come to be associated with the Koranic miracle known as the “Night Miracle.” Non-Muslims can visit the Temple Mount area, which is the courtyard outside the mosque. However, they can’t enter the mosque.
Right in the same area of the Old City is the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, built on the area believed to be the site of the crucifixion of Jesus. Holy Land tours can show visitors the burrowed and cavernous insides of the church, including what’s considered to be the Tomb of Jesus and beautiful mosaics.
After you’ve visited the holy sites on your trip to Jerusalem during the day, you can head out for some nightlife. In fact, Jerusalem nightclub Haoman 17 is regularly ranked as one of the world’s best. It’s located in the industrial area of Jerusalem’s Talpiot neighborhood. Another famous club and music venue in the same Talpiot neighborhood is Yellow Submarine. This club is known for its live indie music acts.
The Yoel Salomon pedestrian area has a congregation of cafes, restaurants, wine bars, and one popular nightclub, the Underground. It’s an open air area good for a visit if you’re not sure where you want to go because you’ll have lots of choices, including Latin American dance clubs. This street is also home to one of Jerusalem’s best secrets – a non-kosher restaurant that’s open 24 hours a day, the perfect place to fill up after a long night out.
This is a guest blog post by Holy Land Tours