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Most visitors to Jerusalem are paying homage to their heritage, but regardless of your history or your creed, here are five places that shouldn't be missed.
The Wailing Wall
The Western Wall, also known as the Wailing Wall, is all that remains of the temple that Herod built. Pilgrims flock to the wall day and night to pray, dance, sing and celebrate. If you choose to write a prayer on a small slip of paper, you can slide the paper into the cracks of the wall. Just be sure to back away so as not to show your back to this holy place. Men must wear hats or they will be offered cardboard head coverings at the site. Women should cover their shoulders.
The Temple Mount
Muslims will definitely want to visit the Dome of the Rock and Al-Aqsa Mosque at the Temple Mount. Please note that if you are not Muslim you will be unable to enter either the Dome or the Mosque. And while Muslims are welcome at any time, non-Muslims will have to use the covered walk from the Wailing Wall that leads to the Moors Gate to enter the area and are admitted only between 7:30 and 10:30 a.m., and again between 12:30 and 1:30 p.m. Arrive an hour early as the line forms quickly.
Church of the Holy Sepulchre
This church is divided amongst the different Christian denominations. If you choose to begin your visit to the church by following the Way of the Cross, you will find that stations 11 through 14 are located on the church grounds. The Chapel of the Holy Sepulchre is the section of the church where the tomb of Jesus is meant to have been, based on biblical and archaeological evidence. The grounds also contain Golgotha, the place of the crucifixion.
Mount of Olives
While the Holy Sepulchre is said to be the burial place of Jesus, the Mount of Olives is said to be where he ascended into heaven. If you are Christian, you may wish to visit to see the place of which Jesus was so fond. If you are Jewish, you may wish to see the cemetery that contains the tomb of Zechariah among others. The summit of the hill is the location of an Arab town. Or you may just want to see the fabulous view of the city from this vantage point. Don't forget to stop at the Garden of Gethsemane on your way down.
Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial
This museum focuses on a much later part of Jewish history. It holds over 55 million documents from the holocaust. You can join in the guided tours that start daily at 11 a.m. or just tour the museum on your own. You will find a part of a train that transported prisoners to concentration camps, as well as prison clothing and more. There is also a children's memorial. Search the outer grounds to find a tree that was planted in honor of Oskar Schindler.
August 22, 2009 new by tiffanymparker