Far more than just the Western Wall, Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Via Dolorosa and Dome of the Rock, Jerusalem is a city teeming with hundreds of modern attractions and historical sites amidst breathtaking natural landscapes. I would like to invite travelers of all tastes and interests from around the world to explore the nooks and crannies of our capital city Jerusalem for an inspiring vacation of a lifetime.
OLD CITY OF JERUSALEM RAMPARTS WALK
For active travelers wishing to explore the Old City of Jerusalem from above, the Ramparts Walk offers a bird’s eye view of the city walls and gates, as well as the Jewish, Christian, Muslim and Armenian Quarters, Mount Scopus and the Mount of Olives, among other sites. Travelers may enter the Ramparts from inside the Jaffa Gate, and trek past the 2,000-year-old Citadel built by King Herod.
UMBERTO NAHON MUSEUM OF ITALIAN JEWISH ART
Home to one of Israel’s most fascinating synagogues, the Umberto Nahon Museum of Italian Jewish Art is located on Hillel Street near Independence Park outside the Old City of Jerusalem, and features the original synagogue of Conegliano Veneto, a village located between Padua and Venice. Following its transfer to Jerusalem after the end of World War II, the synagogue’s interior was reconstructed and opened its doors to serve the Italian Community in Jerusalem and as a focal point to the museum. The synagogue boasts the original bimah, or raised platform, as well as the magnificent Ark of Conegliano Veneto, which is decorated with fine golden carved wooden ornamentation and two 18th-century Venetian cornucopia-shaped walls. In addition, the museum boasts a wide-range of Italian Jewish art and objects, including metalwork, woodwork, textiles, manuscripts and prints created by Jewish Italian artists. http://ijamuseum.org
JERUSALEM’S GERMAN COLONY
Established in the 19th century by German Templars, Jerusalem’s esteemed German Colony sits today as one of the city’s most prominent neighborhoods, featuring carefully manicured sidewalks, art galleries, clothing boutiques and quality restaurants along Emek Refaim Street. The German Colony also boasts the Smadar Theater, Jerusalem’s art-house cinema and a perennial gathering place for the local creatives, as well as an outdoor artists’ market every Friday morning through the afternoon.