Jerusalem (Hebrew: יְרוּשָׁלַיִם, Yerushaláyim, "Abode of Peace"; Arabic: القُدس, al-Quds, "The Holy Sanctuary") is the capital of Israel, though not internationally recognized as such. If the area and population of East Jerusalem is included, it is Israel's largest city in both population and area, with a population of 763,800 residents over an area of 125.1 km2 (48.3 sq mi). Located in the Judean Mountains, between the Mediterranean Sea and the northern edge of the Dead Sea, modern Jerusalem has grown far beyond the boundaries of the Old City.
Jerusalem is a holy city to the three major Abrahamic religions— Judaism, Christianity and Islam. In Judaism, Jerusalem has been the holiest city since, according to the Biblical Old Testament, King David of Israel first established it as the capital of the united Kingdom of Israel in c. 1000 BCE, and his son Solomon commissioned the building of the First Temple in the city. In Christianity, Jerusalem has been a holy city since, according to the New Testament, Jesus was crucified in c. 30 CE, and 300 years later Saint Helena identified the pilgrimage sites of Jesus' life. In Sunni Islam, Jerusalem is the third-holiest city, since 610 CE.
This colorful, stylish and comprehensive guide makes exploring the tourist attractions of this fascinating city easy and fun.
- A map with easy access to all major attractions and your current location
- Comprehensive information about every attraction
- More than 230 photos
- Easy access to the web sites of all city attractions
- Exact prices, opening hours, and other practical information