President's Middle East Trip: Jerusalem

A mountainous walled city with a 5,000 year history, Jerusalem is holy to the followers of the three main religions of the world: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Jerusalem is revered by more than one-third of the world’s population. Jerusalem is ancient and modern at the same time and often within the same space.

The list of major sights of the Old City of Jerusalem is long and storied. It includes: the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, where Jesus Christ is said to have been crucified, buried and resurrected; the Garden of Gesthemane, where Jesus is believed to have been betrayed and arrested; the Wailing Wall, a remnant of the retaining wall from the Temple Mount from the days of the Second Temple; the Temple Mount, which includes one of the greatest religious enclosures of the ancient world; and the El-Aqsa mosque and Dome of the Rock, where the Prophet Muhammad is said to have ascended to heaven.

The modern city of Jerusalem also is filled with great sights. The Knesset, the Israeli Parliament, is very modern as is the new, state-of-the-art Supreme Court Building. The Hadassah Hospital is one of the finest in the world and the Yad Vashem is the much visited Holocaust Museum.

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