The Western wall and Dome of the Rock in the old city of Jerusalem.

The Temple Mount and the Western Wall in Jerusalem Israel

When you picture the Holy City of Jerusalem, Israel, in your mind, what do you envisage? Perhaps it's the amazing golden dome on Temple Mount, also known as Haram Al-Sharif. This is one of the most iconic landmarks on the planet and said to be where Abraham was going to sacrifice Isaac, and where the Prophet Mohamed began his ascension to heaven.

As the holiest site for Jews and the third for Muslims, it is also of immense importance for Christians, as Jerusalem was the very place Jesus walked around 2,000 years ago.

Down below Temple Mount, is one of the remaining, original walls of the first Temple of Solomon, the Wailing, or Western Wall. The Temple, which was rebuilt under Herod, was finally destroyed by the Romans, with the booty funding the structure of the Coliseum in Rome. If you decide to travel to Israel, these are two, and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, are 'must see' sites of historical and religious interest.

Located in the Old City of Jerusalem, it is a throwback to ancient times with its narrow streets and native peoples shouting out for people to buy their wares in the 'shuk', (suk in Arabic) or market. Jerusalem's Archaeological Park, at the southern end of the Western Wall Plaza, is a place of endless interest for any archaeological enthusiast, where artifacts are often being unearthed, opening up and reviving one of the most historically-rich places in the world.

Make sure you don't miss the Western Wall Tunnels, they take you under the city and amazingly back to the level of the original city, giving the visitor a unique insight into how the city was two millennia ago and how it's grown up since.

If you choose to spend time in this not-to-be-missed location, you will need somewhere to stay, and not too far from the action. In its own right, the historic King David hotel is one of the most famous of Jerusalem hotels.

Just a 10-15 minute walk from the Old City, it is possible to see the old walls of Jerusalem, as well her minarets and domes, as this award-winning and most prestigious of hotels in Jerusalem, is situated on an elevated site. The Dan Boutique is one of the newer hotels in Jerusalem and is almost the antithesis of the King David, but with the same quality, attention to detail and service.

Whilst the King David has an illustrious history, and impressive VIP guest list, the Dan Boutique, has a younger vibe, a true example of a modern, designer hotel. The King David is of the 'old world', whilst the Dan Boutique has contemporary tastes, which suit corporate guests and those who want an opulent place to stay, whilst being cosy with all the latest amenities; it's only a short 20 minute walk to the Old City.

So when visiting Jerusalem make sure your stay is near the Old City, so you can take in thousands of years of history, whilst marveling at the city's walls, Temple Mount, Western Wall, and of course the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in the Armenian quarter, a mandatory place to visit for every Christian pilgrim.

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January 27, 2019

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