Old City Market
One of the most colorful places in Jerusalem is the Old City market where the stores on either side of the narrow alleys overflow with fresh produce, colorful fabrics, shiny brass pots and pans, ceramics, jewelry, musical instruments, hooka pipes and everything including the kitchen sink! In the picture above you can see the piles of halva made in a variety of flavors.
Church of the Holy Sepulchre
The Church of the Holy Sepulchre is located where Golgotha is believed to have been, the site where Jesus was crucified and at the end of the Via Dolorosa. The exquisite basilica dates back to 325, it is beautifully adorned and contains the Stone of the Anointing, the Rock of Calvary (the 12th station of the Via Dolorosa) and the Chapel of the Nailing of the Cross (the 11th station on the Via Dolorosa). the Sepulchre where Jesus is believed to have been buried is beneath one of the church’s huge domes within a Rotunda.
The Via Dolorosa is the route Jesus took carrying his cross from his judgment before Pontious Pilot to Golgotha where he was crucified. Via Dolorosa travels from the Lion’s Gate of the Old City to the Holy Sepulchre for 600 meters. Along the route there are 14 stations where Jesus stopped or some significant event happened. The Via Dolorosa takes you through the alleys of the Old City in the footsteps of Jesus.
The Western Wall
The Western Wall is the holiest site in Judaism, it is the last remaining wall which was part of the Second Temple complex. Jews gather here at all hours of the night and day in the large plaza in front of the wall to prey and place a prayer note in the cracks of the wall.
Leaving the Old City the tour takes you past the Knesset (Israeli Parliament) and various significant buildings in the new part of Jerusalem on route to Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust Museum. This award winning museum is housed in a unique building where personal items, documents and video testimonials reveal the horrors of the Holocaust. The grounds of the museum have a number of moving memorials like the memorial to children who died in the Holocaust and the Garden of the Righteous Among Nations which commemorates gentiles who risked their own lives to save Jews during the year.