Last week I got my first introduction to Jerusalem, Israel’s capital and the most significant religious city in the world. Even though Jerusalem is not part of the National Trail, (which I was hiking), we made the detour to get a brief tour of this important site for Christians, Jews and Muslims. The religious gravity of Jerusalem creates an aura that is hard to put into words. Orthodox Jews, devote Muslims and faithful Christians living together in such a small space is something you don’t find anywhere else in the world, and I was wowed by the different quarters of each religion, all of which are distinctly different from one another.
The Dome of the Rock with its golden cupola is the most recognizable structure in Jerusalem, towering on top of Temple Mount high above all the other buildings of the city, unmistakably sticking out of the skyline of the Old City. While some sights that you know well from posters and pictures can be a letdown when you finally get to see them with your own eyes, I found the Dome Of The Rocks to be just as breathtaking as you’d expect it to be. It is known to be one of the oldest buildings in Islamic architecture, but is significant for all three religions (I’ll spare you the historical details, but you can read more about it here). I will return to Jerusalem next week and am already looking forward to spending more time there – if you’ve been to Jerusalem and have any tips or recommendations for me, please share them in the comments below.
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