Senior Travel to Jerusalem

Feb 14th, 2011 | By | Category: Senior Travel

Jerusalem (Yerushalayim, in Hebrew) is the capital of the State of Israel, its seat of government, and the holiest city in Judaism. It is a wonderful place for senior tourism and / or a vacation. It is said that this ancient city is like good wine: “It improves with time.” It is however not just a journey back in time, it is a vibrant modern city, with lively shopping malls and cultural activities: music, theater and many significant museums.

What has not already been said about the holiest city in the world, the city that has been united, the eternal city first built thousands of years ago, whose history can be heard in the whispering of the wind along the walls, where every stone tells a wondrous story of a city that has drawn millions of faithful pilgrims for thousands of years. Some say it is a remarkable blending of the pious and the profane, the ultramodern and the ultra-religious, the ancient and the academic, the hip and the holy. Google always has many options while searching for information and provides here the “official” website for the city.

The population of Jerusalem is about 760,000+, or 10% of the total population of Israel. It is uniquely important to the Jews, Christians and Muslims alike. The significance and holiness of the city to the three monotheistic religions manifest themselves in, among other things, locations such as the Temple Mount, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the Via Dolorosa, the Al-Aksa mosque and the Dome of the Rock. These sites are visited by thousands of worshipers and tourists each day, and are the locations for the central religious festivals of the three religions that coexist in this city. The Holy Land is thus of supreme significance to the adherents of these three religions.

With more than 300 days of sunshine per year, Israel might just have the world’s most enviable climate. But there’s more to Israel than great weather. For centuries, this small corner of the Mediterranean has been a place of pilgrimage for millions of people eager to experience the spiritual power of the Holy Land. And spiritual it is. There are probably more sacred places per square mile here than anywhere else on earth. That said, not everything in Israel is a reverent nod to history.

The 10 favorite Jerusalem Old City sites are not to be missed if your time is limited when you tour Jerusalem. It’s a no-brainer that a traveler to Jerusalem must start with the Old City where the modern world is left behind.  At Jerusalem’s heart is the Old City, which is surrounded by a wall and divided into four quarters – Jewish, Armenian, Christian, and Muslim. Inside the walls are the important holy sites of the three major religions: the Western Wall, which is holy to the Jews, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, and the Dome of the Rock on the Temple Mount. The Western Wall plaza is visited by millions of worshipers. Here, at the base of the massive wall that is a remnant of the Holy Temple, prayers are offered and notes containing heartfelt wishes are wedged between the crevices.  Highly recommended attractions to visit in Jerusalem Church of the Holy Sepulcher (Keniset el-Kiyaneh) Dome of the Rock Israel Museum (Closed Temporarily) The town Western Wall (Wailing Wall) (Kotel HaMa’aravi) Yad Vashem 

Multiple links for seniors tourists in Jerusalem are provided here. A cool site (kinda noisy however) is this audio tour. If you have lots of time and really want to see and do just about everything there is to see and do here check out this site that has 132 items. Lastly Fodor’s “Israel Made Easy” is a most helpful link for senior travelers. Shalom! jeb

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