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The Western Wall
The most sacred place for the Jewish people, it's also known as the Wailing Wall. This wall is part of a temple that was built in 20 BC. Jewish people place written wishes in the cracks of the wall and say prayers. It is a popular place to see a bar or bat mitzvah. Some Jews come to pray here every day. People of all religions are welcome to visit.
The intense energy surrounding the Western Wall is
utterly spellbinding and a surreal experience. If you want to be respectful at the
Western Wall, do not turn your back to it and cover your arms and legs if
possible. If you have never seen orthodox Jews doven and pray you will have
plenty to look at.
“Never pay full price”. Expect to bargain with the vendors to about 50% of the original price offered. The Arab Bazaar winds around like a maze and will be delightfully overwhelming for the first time visitor. From textiles to gold chains, you will find all sorts of goods and trinkets that will catch your eye. This is an excellent place to pick up souvenirs for friends and family back home. I know it’s difficult to do when you really like something but I guarantee you will get the best prices if you turn your back to walk away. The Arab Bazaar and the Western Wall are right next to each other.
Church of the Holy Sepulcher
The Church of the Holy Sepulcher, also known as the Church of the Resurrection, is the site of the crucifixion. It is the holiest sight for Christians in the world. The feeling of love in this building is tremendous, let it wash over you. Inside this church you can see and touch the holy Rock of Golgotha and the stone of Unction. The stone of Unction is where Jesus body was momentarily laid to rest after the crucifixion. This church has been destroyed and rebuilt many times and its architecture is a collage of time periods. As you walk through, notice that the floor varies as well.
Jerusalem is a great place to visit with kids and teens. Each of the main museums in the city has kids activities especially during the summer. Take a guided gallery tour led by a costumed actor at the Israel Museum and the Bible Lands Museum, create a unique art project at the Museum of Islamic Art or a scavenger hunt of the Museum of the Underground Prisoner.
Teens can enjoy go karting, rock wall climbing, carpentry workshops, mini golf, bowling, Kad Vchomer (paint your own ceramics) and more. Details of all these more..