The Talmud says: "Ten cabins of beauty came down to the world - Jerusalem took nine and the whole world took one. You have no beauty like the beauty of Jerusalem". Of course, beauty is in the eye of the beholder and surely there are more beautiful cities than Jerusalem, but what strikes you the most when you walk its ancient streets is the ambient, the atmosphere, the stories that come out of the silent rocks.
This city has 3,300 years of history, it's the hometown of King David, King Solomon and his Temple, King Herod and his temple, Jesus Christ, The Crusaders... the place of the Western Wall, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Temple Mont and so much more. The excavations of the city reveal its glorious past and are the cause for so much political tensions since the 20th century.
You cannot ignore the views, the stories and the past in this amazing city. I will let the pictures do the work.
The Western Wall, the holiest place for Jews.
The German Lutheran Church of the Redeemer at night.
The Russian Church Mary Magdalene at Mt. Olives.
Jerusalem spiers at sunset.
The Hurva Synagogue, at the Jewish Quarter.
The Old city walls.
Inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
The Edicule and the Rotunda, the grave of Jesus.
The entry to the City of David. 30 meters below the surface, 3,000 years back.
The Dome of the Rock on Temple Mount. Where the Jewish temples stood.
The new Synagogue underneath the Western Wall tunnels.
Mt. Olives at sunset. Jerusalem of Gold.
We do a tour of the old city in all our bike tours in Israel.