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Mediterranean & Adriatic

About Jerusalem

The Dome of the Rock

Christianity, Judaism and Islam all trace their faith to the holy city of Jerusalem. No other city in the world boasts such a concentration of religious sites. Here, Jesus is said to have walked down the Via Dolorosa, the “Way of Sorrows,” bearing his cross. The Church of the Holy Sepulchre is believed to mark the spot where he was crucified. At the Western (or Wailing) Wall - all that remains of the Second Temple - Jews worship and insert written prayers into the nooks of the mortar. The Temple Mount gently slopes upward from the wall, crowned by the glittering Dome of the Rock. Jews believe that this is where the Talmudic source of life is stored, where God fashioned man from dust. The Temple Mount is also revered by Islam as the very spot from where Mohammed ascended to heaven with the angel Gabriel. Yet there is more to Jerusalem than its religious history. The city buzzes with the energy of the 21st century, and is home to several prestigious universities. Jerusalem’s centuries-old souq brims with carpets, fabric, jewelry and an endless array of regional goods.