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Jerusalem Travel Tips
Visitors to Jerusalem Vacation Rentals
Jerusalem is a city of great significance to three major faiths, namely Islam, Judaism, and Christianity. Many travelers to Jerusalem therefore visit as part of a religious pilgrimage. The city has many historic sites that are of significance to the different religions. As a city that is more than 3,000 years old, it has a deep and interesting history. The architecture is diverse and dates back several centuries. Even if you don’t have a religious interest, you can appreciate the city’s wealth of interesting sites.
When to Visit Jerusalem Apartments
The popular tourist seasons tend to revolve around significant holidays in the various religious calendars. Many Christians come to Jerusalem at Easter time to visit the sites associated with the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. The summers are hot and dry with temperatures frequently reaching around 30 degrees Celsius. Winters are relatively mild but very wet. Most of the rainfall occurs between October and April. The coldest months are generally December and January and light snowfalls have been known to occur. Most visitors tour Jerusalem in the summer months as the vast majority of attractions and sites are outdoors.
Getting to Jerusalem
The nearest international Airport is Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv. Several major international airlines have regularly scheduled flights into Tel Aviv. For flights from the USA and North America, you will most likely have to route via one of the major European cities. The airport has very strict security measures and it is not uncommon for security staff to interrogate arriving visitors in depth and search their luggage. Be prepared for lengthy delays in getting through security and customs and make sure that all your travel documentation is in order.
The Ben Gurion Airport is linked to Jerusalem by Highway 1 and travel time is between 40 and 50 minutes if there is no traffic congestion. The easiest way to travel to Jerusalem from the airport is by taxi. Check the fare before setting out, it is usually a set fare. There are also regular buses that run between Jerusalem and the airport. These are somewhat cheaper but you may have a bit of a walk from the bus stop to your apartment upon your arrival in Jerusalem.
Significant Sites Near Jerusalem Lodging
Most of the religious historic sites are contained within the Old City. For Jewish visitors, the most holy sites in Jerusalem are the Temple Mount and the Western Wall. The wall is also known as the Wailing Wall. It is believed to be the only remaining wall of the original temple built more than 2,000 years ago. Jewish people from all around the world come to the wall to petition their prayers for the restoration of Jerusalem and the nation of Israel. Small pieces of paper can be seen protruding from the cracks in the wall. These are the prayers left by visitors.
Also on the temple mount is the most important Islamic site in the city. Here you will find the Dome of the Rock which is an impressive golden dome decorated with verses from the Koran. It is also the site of Al-Aqsa Mosque which marks the spot where the prophet Mohammed is believed to have ascended to heaven.
For Christians, there are several significant sites well worth visiting. The Via Dolorosa is believed to follow the path of Jesus’s last day on earth. It travels from the Garden of Gethsemane through the Stations of the Cross up to Golgotha where the crucifixion took place. There are many shrines and chapels at different places along the route. There is also the Garden Tomb where it is believed Jesus was buried, as well as the nearby Mount of Olives where he ascended into heaven.