Assembling a list of the best top 10 things to do in Jerusalem is almost impossible.
Nevertheless, we in Holy Land VIP Tours managed to come up with the ultimate Jerusalem checklist.
Our list Top 10 things to do in Jerusalem includes the sites that every Christian should visit in the Holy City!
Top 10 things to do in Jerusalem In addition to being the Capital city of Israel, Jerusalem is also one of the world’s most famous cities.
It’s incredibly rich history further emphasize it’s importance to the three main faiths – Christianity, Judaism, and Islam.
The believers of the three religions hold Jerusalem close to their hearts.
Unsurprisingly, this affection caused many fights over the city between many nations.
Yet, Jerusalem is an amazing city with beautiful views and magnificent landmarks which we’ve listed in our list for the top 10 things to do in Jerusalem.
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1. Church of the Holy Sepulcher
We begin our list for top 10 things to do in Jerusalem with the church of the holy sepulcher.
This church is a must-see attraction for the Christian audience.
The church of the Holy Sepulcher is located in the Christian Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem.
According to the Christian tradition, the church contains the two holiest sites in Christianity: the site where Christ was crucified and his empty tomb, where he was buried and resurrected.
Today, the Church also serves as the headquarters of the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem.
The church has been a major Christian pilgrimage destination since the 4th century, as the traditional site of the Resurrection of Christ.
Useful Information: Church of the Holy Sepulchre
2. Via Dolorosa
The Via Dolorosa is the name of a street within the Old City of Jerusalem, which means “way of grief” in Latin.
This street is believed to be the path that Jesus walked, on the way to his crucifixion
This winding route begins in the Antonia Fortress west to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher – a distance of about 2,000 feet.
It is a unique and famous Christian pilgrimage site that every Christian must visit!
The current route was built during the 18th century, replacing earlier versions.
There have been fourteen stations where Jesus is believed to have stopped during his way to the crucifixion site.
Today, the route is marked by nine Stations of the Cross, with the remaining five stations being inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
Useful Information: Via Dolorosa
3. Armenian Quarter
The Armenian Quarter is one of the four quarters of the Old City of Jerusalem, located in the southwestern corner of the Old City.
The Armenian presence in the Holy Land dates to the 4th century.
The quarter, which was developed around the St. James Monastery, took its modern shape by the 19th century.
The monastery of St. James houses the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem.
In the Armenian quarter, a notable place to visit is the Cathedral of Saint James.
The Cathedral is dedicated to two Christian saints: James, son of Zebedee and James the brother of Jesus (James the Just).
The Armenian Quarter offers a unique glimpse of the life of the Armenian community in Jerusalem.
Enjoy the local cuisine and many shops around in the quarter which offers a variety of local and unique products.
In addition, the monastery, other notable places we recommend you to visit are the St. Toros Church and the Church of the Holy Archangels.
4. The Western Wall and the underground Tunnels
The Western Wall is an ancient wall in the Old City of Jerusalem.
Because of the Temple Mount entry restrictions(both political and religious), the Wall is the holiest place where Jews are permitted to pray, though the holiest site in the Jewish faith lies behind it.
In addition to the Wall, it is highly recommended to visit the nearby underground tunnels.
The Western Wall Tunnel is an underground tunnel exposing the full length of the Western Wall.
The tunnel is adjacent to the Western Wall and is located under buildings of the Old City of Jerusalem.
5. Mount of Olives
Our number five for the top 10 things to do in Jerusalem is the Mount of Olives which stretches from the old city to the eastern part of the modern city.
It is named for the olive groves that once covered its slopes.
The holy bible frequently mentions the mount, thus granting it’s importance for Christianity.
Jesus is said to have spent time on the mount, teaching and prophesying to his disciples (Matthew 24–25), and also came there on the night of his betrayal.
At the foot of the Mount lies the Garden of Gethsemane.
The bible also tells us how Jesus and his disciples sang together in the Gospel of Matthew 26:30.
Eventually, Jesus ascended to heaven from the Mount of Olives according to Acts 1:9–12
Make sure to visit the Gardens, the Church of All Nations, and the Russian Church of Maria Magdalene.
Useful Information: Garden of Gethsemane & Church of All Nations
6. The Russian Compound
Number six of our list for the top 10 things to do in Jerusalem is The Russian Compound near the old city.
It is one of the oldest districts in central Jerusalem.
Also, it was one of the first districts to be built outside the Old City.
The compound is featuring a large Russian Orthodox church and several former pilgrim hostels, which serves today as Israeli government buildings.
Pay a visit to the Holy Trinity Cathedral located in the center of the compound.
7. Jaffa and Ben Yehuda streets
Not far from the Russian compound, you will find the busy street of Jaffa – our number seven for the top 10 things to do in Jerusalem.
It is is one of the longest and oldest major streets in Jerusalem.
This street contains many shops, businesses, and restaurants – both local and global.
Along with the neighboring Ben Yehuda Street and King George Street, they form the Downtown business district
When visiting Jaffa street we recommend you to visit the following:
- The IDF square
- The City hall
- Zion Square
- Davidka Square
- The pedestrian mall of Ben Yehuda street
- The “Mahane Yehuda” market
In recent years, after long renovations period, the street became turning a car-free pedestrian mall.
The Jerusalem Light Rail also passing through the street providing comfortable and clean transportation along the street.
8. The First Station of Jerusalem
The Jerusalem railway station is a historic railway station in Jerusalem.
It is located between Hebron Road and Bethlehem Road, near the German Colony.
It was part of the Jaffa–Jerusalem railway until its closure in 1998.
After its closure, the station sat abandoned and suffered from neglect and vandalism.
In May 2013, the station reopened as “The First Station”, a culture and entertainment venue, featuring wooden decks, food stalls, and umbrella-topped vendor carts.
In addition, there are many restaurants and pubs in the area, and there is an exhibition of historic photographs inside the station house.
9. Yad Vashem – The World Holocaust Remembrance Center
Yad Vashem is Israel’s official memorial to the victims of the Holocaust which is located on the western slope of Mount Herzl.
Its purpose is to preserve the memory of those who lost their lives during the Jewish genocide and honor the Jews who stood up against their Nazi oppressor.
It also honors the brave souls who selflessly aided Jews in need during the horrors of the Holocaust.
In addition, it serves as a research facility of the phenomenon of the Holocaust in particular and genocide in general with the aim of avoiding such events in the future.
10. Ein Karem
We finish our list of the Top 10 things to do in Jerusalem with Ein Karem neighborhood.
According to the faith, John the Baptist was born in Ein Karem.
When visiting Ein Karem, we recommend you to visit the following sites:
- Church of the Visitation
- Church of St. John the Baptist
- Les Soeurs de Notre-Dame de Sion
- Moscobia Convent
- Mary’s Spring
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