What to do in Jerusalem
Visit Jerusalem during your cruise vacation
Jerusalem is one of the holiest places in the world. It's the birthplace of Judaism and Christianity, but also for Muslims it's a holy place. The city annualy attracts hundreds of thousands of pilgrims and visitors.
Unfortunately, Jerusalem is also one of the most disputed areas on earth. Both Israel and Palestine claim it as capital. Therefore, many bloody attacks found place in the past.
The earliest sources date back to the 19th century BC. It was once the capital of the kingdom of Israel and later of the Kingdom of Judea. It was under Roman rule that Jesus of Nazareth was crucified in Jerusalem. The main remaining monument of that time is the Wailing Wall, a religious symbol for Jews and once the Western wall of the temple.
In the 11th and 12th century, Jerusalem was the commitment of the Crusades. After the Templars settled there. Today, you can still feel within the walls of the old town that this is a crossroad of religions. There is a Christian, Armenian, Jewish and Muslim Quarter.
For Christians, there are numerous holy places in Jerusalem such as David's tomb, where the Last Supper took place, the place where Mary would have died and Golgotha, where Jesus would be crucified. The historic center is part of the UNESCO World Heritage.
The city of Jerusalem is of such a magnitude and importance that one day is barely sufficient for a thorough exploration of the main highlights. This excursion will take all your time, though the visit is sometimes combined with Bethlehem.