Jerusalem Journals

Jerusalem and the West Bank

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A May 2003 trip to Jerusalem by HobWahid

Western Wall Photo, Jerusalem, Israel More Photos
Quote: Jerusalem is a city with a history like no other. The city maintains a certain aura that will inspire the most even ardent atheist. The West Bank, with an equally impressive history, has much that will intrigue visitors, not least of which is the powerful culture of the Palestinian people.

Petra Hostel

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Hotel

Petra Hostel Photo, Jerusalem, Israel
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The two best things about the Petra Hostel are its location and its view. It is located right inside the Jaffa Gate on the edge of the Christian Quarter in the Old City of Jerusalem. From here you can easily access all the major sites of the old city, as well as have access to numerous restaurants and shops. As for the view, it is so spectacular that the hostel actually charges non-guests 5 Shekels to see it. It is easily on of the best views in the Old City. From the rooftop you can see all of Old Jerusalem, including the Dome of the Rock, the Holy Sepulchre. The hostel will provide you with a mattress and sheets for a small fee if you wish to sleep out on the roof, and during the late spring, the we...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 7, 2003

Petra Hostel
Jaffa Gate
Jerusalem, Israel

Dome of the Rock

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Attraction | "Haram ash-Sharif/Dome of the Rock"

Dome of the Rock Photo, Jerusalem, Israel
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The Dome of the Rock, possibly much to the chagrin of some, has become the symbol of Jerusalem. It is present in every picture taken of Jerusalem, and when we sit at home and conjure up images of the Holy Land, it is hard to avoid having that shining gold dome creep into our thoughts. It can be seen from almost every corner of the Old City of Jerusalem. It stands there, shining in the golden sun, like some aureate beacon, looking out over the city and protecting it. It may be strange that this symbol of one religion has come to embody Jerusalem, a land which defines religious plurality, but it has, and it is easy to see why. Built in 688 by the Caliph Abd al-Malik, the Dome lies on the site wher...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 7, 2003

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

Western Wall

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Attraction

Western Wall Photo, Jerusalem, Israel
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Sticking out from the side of Haram ash-Sharif and the Dome of the Rock, the Western Wall is one of the most sacred and spiritual places in all of Judaism. It lies there, in the shadow of its opulent neighbor, an arrant contrast. The wall is plain, and simple. It really does look like just a wall, but it is its history and its ability to gather so many worshipers to its base that makes it one of the truly remarkable sites in all of Jerusalem. Security to get into the wall is understandably tight, but once you are in, you are immediately struck by the serenity of the place. The main area is filled with people bustling about, but the area directly in front of the wall is roped off, reserved only f...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 7, 2003

Western Wall
Western Wall Plaza
Jerusalem, Israel

Holy Sepulchre

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Attraction | "Church of the Holy Sepulchre"

Holy Sepulchre Photo, Jerusalem, Israel
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The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, built on what is one of the holiest sites for Christians, is a building that has as many critics as it does admirers. Before I entered the Church, I had read in many guidebooks, and heard from others, that the church is not spectacular and not to get my hopes up. So I entered with much lowered expectations, but as soon as I entered I was absolutely blown away, and ended up leaving with a much deeper connection to my faith than I could have ever imagined. From the outside, the Church is hardly impressive. It is squeezed in between a number of other buildings, and the entrance is hardly the grand entranceway that you find on the likes of the other great cathedrals...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 7, 2003

Holy Sepulchre
Christian Quarter
Jerusalem, Israel
+972 2627 3314

Ramparts Walk

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Ramparts Walk Photo, Jerusalem, Israel
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There are many places from which you can get excellent views of the Old City of Jerusalem from above, but one of the best is by taking a stroll along the walls and ramparts of the city. The Old City of Jerusalem is surrounded by a few kilometers of walls that at some points reach as far as 15 meters above the streets below. While you cannot walk a complete circle around the city, the part behind Haram ash-Sharif is closed for understandable security reasons, you can still walk about three-quarters of the walls and that is plenty to give you some spectacular sights of all the major sights in the Old City. The walls are divided into a northern section and a southern section. The northern section i...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 7, 2003

Ramparts Walk
Entrances by Jaffa Gate and Damascus Gate
Jerusalem, Israel

Church Of The Nativity

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Attraction

Church Of The Nativity Photo, Jerusalem, Israel
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Built upon the supposed cave in which Jesus was born, the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem is one of the world’s oldest churches, and an extremely venerable building that is simple, but still brings about a certain awe. Getting to Bethlehem from Jerusalem is extremely easy. It is just a 3 Shekel minibus ride from Damascus Gate to the Bethlehem checkpoint, which you should be able to cross with ease. The checkpoint itself is an interesting spot. While not the largest or strictest of checkpoints, the Bethlehem checkpoint will still give you a glimpse as to what the Palestinians who travel the road from Bethlehem to Jerusalem every day have to deal with. A Palestinian man in front of us who was g...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 8, 2003

Church Of The Nativity
Manger Square
Jerusalem, Israel

Ram Allah: The Heart of Palestine

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checkpoint Photo, Jerusalem, Israel
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For many, Ram Allah is the heart of Palestine -- it signifies the spirit of the Palestinian people. It is the financial center of Palestine as well as the seat of the Palestinian Authority. A city of around a half a million people, Ram Allah is the bustling center of Palestinian life. Thousands of Palestinians cross the checkpoint outside of Ram Allah every day to go work in Jerusalem and other parts of Israel. Ram Allah is not a typical tourist area. There are no historical sights to see, most of those having been destroyed long ago, and it not a place to go for nightlife. One goes to Ram Allah to see the spirit of the Palestinian people, to talk with locals, sit around, smoke a shisha, and ta...Read More