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  • Sara R
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    Kalman was great. He took us through many areas of the old city and provided a fascinating account of the sites we visited and shared interesting anecdotes which brought history alive. He was very knowledgeable and had a slew of information at his fingertips. All of us from the adults, teens and kids, really enjoyed the tour. We would highly recommend using Kalman!
    Written 21 January 2024
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    PROS
    * The number one visited tourist spot in Israel
    * A holy and spiritual place- the site of Jewish religious prayer and devotion
    * History of almost 4000 years with intact archaeological remnains 2000+ years ago
    * The world's largest (and only) open air synagogue- close-up and personal observation of Jewish prayer rituals
    * Open 24/7

    CONS
    * It can be crowded and congested and very disorganized
    * People asking for charity money- it's benign and not dangerous nor threatening
    * A strange combination of intense spirituality in the prayer rituals and those fervent supplicants at the Wall as compared to the often holiday festive atmosphere in the plaza, as tour groups and family and friends meet and socialize
    * Airplane type security inspection for to admission to the broad Western Wall Plaza.

    "I VISITED THIS PLACE"...
    ... with my two teenagers for the annual Grand Hosanna holiday celebration party, which started this year at 0540am, almost an entire hour before sunrise. There were dozens of simultaneous prayer groups- 20,000 people. There was a cacophony of competing and interfering sounds and noises of all the different prayer groups. We circled the stand seven times, while waving our palm fronds with citron and myrtle branches and then we pounded our five willow branches five times on the paving stones, all the while with our fringed prayer shawls dangling over our heads.

    WAS IT WORTH THE COST?
    It is free.

    WOULD I VISIT HERE AGAIN?
    Sure- it's one of a kind and incredible

    ADVICE
    * Be sure to visit this number one tourist attraction
    * Be sure to dress appropriately and be respectful and quiet
    * Observe but do not disturb those engaged in their fervent prayer devotions
    * It is permitted to reverently approach the Wall and leave a note between the massive stones, which is only a tourist thing: we never did it and never do it

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    Written 16 January 2024
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  • Sally
    Edgware, UK11 contributions
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    A visit to Jerusalem is like no other in that it is a truly religious city for many different people. The city itself is undergoing enormous regeneration and the buildings are very well designed. The bus service is like no other and can take you all over the country at very cheap prices. The light rail runs through the centre of town and the new Main line station, Navon has to be experienced. The trains are new, modern and very clean and access is down five escalators. The journey to Tel Aviv is partly underground which is a pity as it is not possible to see all the land which is wonderful.
    Written 27 August 2023
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  • SRBARRAL
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    As a devout believer in Jesus, my visit to Montes das Oliveiras was an incredibly profound and spiritual experience. However, even for those who may not share the same religious beliefs, this destination offers breathtaking views that are sure to leave you in awe. Prepare to be captivated by the natural beauty and the historical significance that Montes das Oliveiras has to offer.

    Upon arriving at Montes das Oliveiras, I was immediately struck by the serene atmosphere that permeates the area. The peacefulness and tranquility create the perfect ambiance for prayer, meditation, and reflection. For believers, this is a place where you can connect with your faith on a deep level and feel the power and presence of Jesus. The atmosphere is imbued with a sense of reverence and spirituality, making it a must-visit destination for those seeking a sacred experience.

    Apart from its religious significance, Montes das Oliveiras boasts breathtaking views that are nothing short of spectacular. As I stood atop the hill, I was greeted with a panoramic vista that stretched as far as the eye could see. The rolling landscape, covered in lush green olive trees, seemed to extend endlessly, painting a picturesque scene. The gentle breeze, the warm sunlight, and the symphony of chirping birds added to the enchanting ambiance of the place. I could easily spend hours simply admiring the beauty that surrounded me.

    One particular highlight of my visit was witnessing the Apocalypse Gates. These ancient gates hold immense historical and biblical importance. Standing before them, I couldn't help but marvel at the stories and events that unfolded within their vicinity. It was a humbling experience, reminding me of the rich history and the profound impact this region has had on countless individuals throughout the ages. Whether you are a history enthusiast or simply appreciate the grandeur of ancient architecture, the Apocalypse Gates are sure to leave a lasting impression.

    In addition to its spiritual and scenic allure, Montes das Oliveiras offers easy access to other significant landmarks in the region. Visitors can explore nearby attractions such as the Church of All Nations and the Garden of Gethsemane, which hold deep religious significance and provide further insight into the history of the area.

    Overall, Montes das Oliveiras is a destination that transcends religious boundaries. Whether you visit to deepen your faith or simply to soak in the stunning views, this place will undoubtedly leave a lasting impression. The combination of its spiritual aura, breathtaking vistas, and historical importance makes it a must-visit location for anyone traveling to Israel. Prepare to be moved, inspired, and mesmerized by the wonders of Montes das Oliveiras.
    Written 8 July 2023
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  • Jeffry b
    Essendon, Australia14,056 contributions
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    This humble garden resonates with Christians. The Garden of Gethsemane is the place where Jesus went through the agony of betrayal and suffering the night before he was arrested. The next day, Jesus was crucified, dead and buried, before his resurrection. All four Gospels agree on Jesus' suffering and fate. The Garden of Gethsemane is at the base of the Mount of Olives.
    Written 14 November 2023
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  • Jeffry b
    Essendon, Australia14,056 contributions
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    The Garden Tomb is believed to be the site of the burial of Jesus. The location is related to Jerusalem. The site of the Garden Tomb is supported by evangelical Christians, and Mormons. Orthodox Christians support the Holy Sepulcher as the site of Christ's. resurrection. The Garden Tomb is interesting.
    Written 15 February 2024
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  • Bakasuri
    Boston, MA35 contributions
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    An amazing cultural experience! Full of life, with great stalls and restaurants. A must-do in Jerusalem. We were there one a Friday afternoon, so perhaps the vibe was extra lively because it was right before Shabbat (not sure!).
    Written 1 October 2023
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  • Jeffry b
    Essendon, Australia14,056 contributions
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    The Church of All Nations is a beautiful church commemorating the Agony of Jesus the night before he was arrested. The Church dates back to the Crusader era, and some structures predate that. Although the Basilica is a Catholic Church, an outside altar allows for worship by all denominations. The Basilica of the Agony is situated on the Mount of Olives, adjacent to the Garden of Gethsemane.
    Written 14 November 2023
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  • Jeffry b
    Essendon, Australia14,056 contributions
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    The Jewish Quarter is one section of Jerusalem's Old City. Religious Jews can be seen shopping and strolling around. The faithful worship at the Western Wall (also known as the Wailing Wall). Religious Jews write prayers, which are placed in crevices of the ancient temple. The Temple Wall is all that remains of the Second Temple. Religious Jews believe their prayers will go directly to God. Non-Jews can worship at the Temple Wall, but it is polite to wear a head covering.
    Written 9 November 2023
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  • Jeffry b
    Essendon, Australia14,056 contributions
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    The Temple Mount adjoins the Old City of Jerusalem. It is sacred to Muslims, Jews and Christians. The Temple Mount is a plateau. The Al Aksa Mosque is the third holiest site in Islam. The Dome of the Rock is quite fascinating, it is said that Mohamad rode his magic horse Barak to heaven, where he conversed with the Prophets. You can see Barak's hoof print. Orthodox Jews often pray on the Temple Mount, which is the site of the ancient Temple. By the way, if you want to enter the Temple Mount, it's best to make arrangements in advance.
    Written 9 October 2023
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  • Aqusite
    California1,579 contributions
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    The Church itself isn't what I am reviewing. It was crowded and filled with people trying to climb over each other to reach something in the basement. Instead, I am reviewing the grounds that lead to Bethesda behind it, which are beautifully landscaped and extremely peaceful. I sat here for some time after a lot of walking and it was serene and shaded with ancient excavations. Very enjoyable.
    Written 1 July 2023
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  • Jeffry b
    Essendon, Australia14,056 contributions
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    The Via Dolorosa means the Way of Suffering. The Via Dolorosa follows the way of Jesus to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, around 600 meters (2000 feet). There are 14 Stations of the Cross, which trace's Jesus Way of Suffering. which can be followed quite easily. The Stations of the Cross are a place of veneration for Christians, in particular Roman Catholics.
    Written 28 October 2023
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  • Jeffry b
    Essendon, Australia14,056 contributions
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    Jaffa Gate offers access to the Old City, it's an important part of the Jerusalem plan. The Jaffa Gate is historical, it's worth using to get into the Old City. The busy Mamilla Mall offers a convenient entry to the Jaffa Gate.
    Written 13 February 2024
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  • deborah d
    Teaneck, NJ2 contributions
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    Fun to window shop and people watch. Lots of great food options and cafes to sit at. Accessible by various types of transportations
    Written 4 October 2023
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  • Jeffry b
    Essendon, Australia14,056 contributions
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    The Cardo dates from ancient times. In the Roman era, it was Jerusalem's main street. These days, you can follow the Cardo through the heart of the Old City. It's said that the Roman Emperor Hadrian extended the Cardo in 135AD, when Jerusalem was renamed Aelia Capitolina, following the fall of the city to Rome. By the way, you can access the Holy Sepulcher from the Cardo.
    Written 28 October 2023
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