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Things to do in Jerusalem

Jerusalem the holy city of Israel

Jerusalem is one of the world’s oldest cities and considered as a holy place by three major religions. But aside from the city’s religious importance, the cultural significance of Jerusalem is also beginning to be recognized by tourists from all parts of the world.

 

Things to do in Jerusalem

Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, but the State of Palestine is also claiming the city as its capital. It sits on a plateau between the Dead Sea and the Mediterranean.

 

The Old City

On of the most popular things to do in jerusalem is to visit The Old City which is probably the most visited tourist attraction in Jerusalem. Inside the walls are the Christian, Muslim, Armenian, and Jewish quarters, each of which has its own places of worship and tourist spots.

 

Jerusalem Theater

You can also go to the Jerusalem Theater, the center of the city’s performing arts. It is a nice holiday destination because it offers a wide variety of shows, from children’s theater to musicals and opera.

 

Guided tours

If you want to join guided tours, you may speak to your hotel concierge to book you a schedule. Some of the most interesting tours are the Western Wailing Wall and the City of David tours.

 

When to go to Jerusalem

The hot-summer Mediterranean climate of Jerusalem is characterized by dry, hot summers and cold, rainy winters. With an average temperature of 24.2 °C (75.6 °F), the hottest months are July and August; the coldest month is January, with a mean temperature of 9.1 °C (48.4 °F). Snow typically falls just once or twice every winter.

 

Jerusalem Film Festival

If you visit the city in summer, you can get the chance to watch the Jerusalem Film Festival. This film fest features different Israeli and international films in various categories.

 

Jerusalem Marathon

In March every year, the Jerusalem Marathon takes place. It is a full 42-kilometer race that is participated by thousands of runners from all over the world. The starting point of the marathon is the Knesset and the finishing point is the Sacher Park.

Jerusalem Facts

Population890 428
CountryIsrael
LanguageHebrew, Arabic
CurrencyIsraeli new shekel
Longitude35.216667
Latitude31.783333
AirportBen Gurion, Israel (TLV)

Jerusalem average temperatures

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UNESCO-WORLD-HERITAGE-SITE

UNESCO World Heritage Sites Jerusalem - Birthplace of Jesus: Church of the Nativity and the Pilgrimage Route, Bethlehem

Since the 2nd century, this property situated 10 km south of Jerusalem has been identified as the birthplace of Jesus and today it is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. During the 4th century a first church was built there, but after a fire it was replaced by the one standing today, which has been able to retain mosaics from the original one. Later on, convents and churches from different periods such as Latin, Greek Orthodox and Franciscan ones have been built there, as well as a pilgrimage route.

Palestine: Land of Olives and Vines – Cultural Landscape of Southern Jerusalem, Battir

The Battir hill landscape consists on widian, a series of farmed valleys organized in terraces and irrigated and distributed following a traditional system. This cultural landscape located a few kilometres from Jerusalem has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2014, and unfortunately it also appears on the list of World Heritage in Danger.

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MARATHON

Jerusalem Marathon

The first official Jerusalem Marathon was held in 2011 and has since been a great tradition for both traveling and local runners and spectators. The route will take you from Knesset, the Israel parliament, around the Hebrew University Campus, towards and through The Old City and will then show you most of Jerusalem's inner city. The elevation in Jerusalem is a little bit hilly, which makes for a challenging race where you have to keep in mind when to save your strength and when to use it. There are also shorter distances you can run, which are all great ways of seeing the city without running the full marathon. Don't miss this great marathon event if you are in Jerusalem in March!

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