Jerusalem Journals

Jerusalem: Where the Past Is Present

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A February 1997 trip to Jerusalem by Peregrine

Dome of the Rock Photo, Jerusalem, Israel More Photos
Quote: It had been a life-long dream to see this city which has been such a strong focus for the human spirit for 2000 years.

Jerusalem: Where the Past Is Present

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The three days we spent in Jerusalem was barely enough time to scratch the surface of the things to see and do in this fabulous city. It is such a city of contrasts – very ancient and very modern. And very tourist-oriented. If you overlook the blatant competition for tourist dollars and seek out quiet corners, you can still find the peace this city is supposed to represent. The highlights? The Garden of Gethsemane and its ancient olive trees. The Shrine of the Book. Don't miss it. Seeing the skyline of Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives. Walking through the suq where the pulse of everyday life crushes around you amid the presence of the past. Quick Tips: Unless you are pa...Read More

Crowne Plaza Hotel Jerusalem

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Hotel | "Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza"

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We stayed at the Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza, and, like their ads say, there are no surprises. It's a modern high-rise on the highest point in Jerusalem. It's elegant, big; the rooms were very comfortable and the food was good, but the place has absolutely no personality. The only good point is that it's within walking distance of the Israel Museum and the Shrine of the Book, the Knesset and its adjacent rose garden.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 20, 2000

Crowne Plaza Hotel Jerusalem
Givat Ram
Jerusalem, Israel 91130
(972) 2-6588888

Shrine Of The Book

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Shrine Of The Book Photo, Jerusalem, Israel
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This is a must see. We went in mid-morning and must have just missed all the tour buses because we had the place almost to ourselves. The Dead Sea Scrolls are housed here. You walk down a sloping tunnel into the underground building that could double as a movie set for a SciFi flick. (I was told this place is bomb proof, but no one would confirm it.) The long halls are lined with glass-fronted recesses, like little shadow boxes. Inside are various documents found in the caves around Ein Gedi and range from dispatches from Bar Kochba to his troops during his revolt against Rome in 132 C.E. to even earlier documents, including legal papers relating to lawsuits, property deeds, loans and other bits...Read More

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Shrine Of The Book
Next to the Israel Museum
Jerusalem, Israel

Holy Sepulchre

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Attraction | "Church of the Holy Sepulchre"

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The Via Dolorosa ends here, at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Like most of the Old City, it is contained in tight quarters with a small courtyard in front and the neighboring buildings, all built of stone, crowd around. Above us, the dome of the church next to the spire of a minaret, the call to prayer (recorded, of course) echoing through the ancient alley ways. Inside the church, though the lines of division are not visible, the place has been divvied up among several Christian sects who jealously guard their bit of space. This spot, the highest in the Old City, has been a sacred site since the Romans built their temple to Venus, and there have been several churches here, beginn...Read More

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Holy Sepulchre
Christian Quarter
Jerusalem, Israel
+972 2627 3314

Dome of the Rock

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Attraction

Dome of the Rock Photo, Jerusalem, Israel
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I was brought up a Christian yet the most profound sense of divinity did not come from any of the Christian monuments in Jerusalem, but from the Dome of the Rock. It sits above the Wailing Wall on the old Temple Mount (Haram esh-Sharif, in Arabic). There is no commercialism here. In fact, you leave all your worldly possessions outside: shoes, purses, cameras, money, and passports. We'd already been warned to put what we didn't need for the day in the safe deposit boxes at the hotel, and what was left, we put in a pile and had a couple of our companions stand guard while the rest of us went inside. Under that incredible gold dome, is the quiet and peace of a place that exudes spiri...Read More

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Dome of the Rock
Temple Mount (haram Al-sharif)
Jerusalem, Israel
+972 2628 3393