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Jerusalem is one of the world’s finest destinations for historians, religious pilgrims, culture vultures and foodies alike. From the tiny cobblestone corridors of the Old City to modern museums and monuments, visitors will quickly surmise that even long-time residents haven’t seen it all.

Things to do in Jerusalem

Church of Saint Anne and the Pools of Bethesda

The waters here, alongside the stunning 12th-century Crusader church honoring Mary’s mother Anne, are believed to be the site where Jesus cured a man of paralysis. Pilgrims often come to the church to sing as the acoustics here are legendary.

near the Lions Gate/St. Stephens Gate,
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Israel Museum

Built in 1965, Israel’s finest museum is comprised of five buildings: the Shrine of the Book (which houses the Dead Sea Scrolls), Bezalel Art Museum, which displays Jewish sacred art, the Samuel Bronfman Biblical and Archeological Museum, the Children's Wing, and the Billy Rose Art Garden.

Museum Blvd., 011-972-2-670-8811,
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L.A. Mayer Memorial Museum of Islamic Art

Opened in 1974, this museum was erected by a Jewish woman who wanted to honor the outstanding artistic achievements of her Muslim neighbors. You’ll find a solid collection of Palestinian and regional art, Islamic carpets, and stunning jewelry.

2 Hapalmach St., 011-972-2-566-1291,
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Ramparts Walk

For a unique experience, climb atop this path carved into the walls of the Old City. You can begin the journey from either the Jaffa or Damascus Gates. The Old City views from here are the best in town.

Jaffa and Damascus Gates, 011-972-2-627-7550
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The Garden Tomb

Believed to be the actual tomb of Jesus, this monument, excavated in 1891, is situated next to the location of the crucifixion, outside the city walls near the Damascus Gate.

Conrad Schick St., 011-972-2-627-2745,
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The Southern Wall of the Temple of the Mount

The remains of Herod’s Temple, built around 19 BC, were uncovered after the city fell under Israeli rule. Explore the Davidson Exhibition Center here for a virtual tour of what the location may have looked like when it was built.

Next to Dung Gate, 011-972-2-627-7550,
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Tour the Old City

Take a walking tour of the city’s Islamic, Christian, and Jewish religious monuments – including, respectively, the Dome of the Rock located in the Haram al-Sharif, the Church of Holy Sepulchre, and the Western Wall.

Old CityZion Walking Tours, Jaffa Gate, opposite the police station, 011-2-972-627-7588,
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Yad Vashem

This inimitable compound, with the new triangular-shaped Holocaust History Museum at its center, commemorates the millions who lost their lives in the Holocaust. Highlights include an art gallery, a hall of names, and a synagogue.

Har Ha-Zikaron, 011-972-2-675-1611,
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