If you are traveling or going for a trip to Jerusalem, and not visiting any holy sites of Muslims, Jewish or Christians, then it means you are not willing enough to understand the cultural, historical and religious importance of this country. It is almost impossible for a person to come for a visit and not visit a holy site. If you are curious about the religiosity of spirituality regarding other cultures and respect their beliefs then the holy sites of Jerusalem, are the places not to be missed on your travel list.
__Famous Holy Sites of Jerusalem__ Following are the most famous sites of Israel;
. Temple Mount – Haram Al-Sharif The temple mount, also known as “Haram Al-Sharif” is a holy place for people of all the three religions; Islam, Judaism, and Christianity. It is considered of high importance, a noble sanctuary and is located in the old city of Jerusalem__.
For Muslims: There are three holiest places for Muslims; “Masjid al-Haram in Mecca, al-Masjid an-Nabawi in Medina, and Haram Al-Sharif in Jerusalem as a place for Islamic worship.
For Jews: This place is important for Jews as it is believed that it used to be a place where the first great temple of Jerusalem known as “Temple built by King Solomon” existed.
For Christians: It is also a place of great importance for Christians as it is believed to be a place where Jesus used to pray and preach his disciplines daily. It is also a place where Jesus impressed his Jewish teachers as a child in terms of his great knowledge and wisdom.
. Dome of The Rock Another highly important sites in Jerusalem, the dome of the rock and Al Aqsa Mosque. It is also of high importance for all three religion_s.
For Muslims: It is said that the dome of the rock, built over a sacred stone was a place from where Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) was sent from earth to heaven by a horse with wings.
For Jews: According to Jew's beliefs, it is the very same rock on which Son of Abraham prepared to sacrifice his Son Isaac to prove his love to God. He covered his eyes while sacrificing his son, and after removing the cover, he found out that what he sacrificed was a sheep, whereas his son was alive and happily smiling. It was a sign of God accepting his sacrifice. This day is celebrated as “Eid” by Muslims all over the world.
For Christians: It is also of great importance for Christians as, when “Fatimid Caliph” ordered destruction of” Church of Holy Sepulcher (a church where Jesus was crucified and buried), Crusaders took “Dome of the Rock” and turned it into “Templum Domini” or ‘Temple of the Lord as a church.
. Al Aqsa Mosque The Al Aqsa Mosque is also of huge importance especially for Muslims and Jews as it’s a mosque built by Abraham. It’s an Awaken memory of Abrah_am.
*. Western Wall / The Buraq Wall The western wall, is the last remaining Temple Mount wall, a place where once the “Great Temple of Jerusalem” built by Soloman the Great existed. It’s the most sacred site for Jews and is their praying area.
. __Church of The Holy Sepulchre__ The Church of the Holy Sepulchre is a sacred, holiest and most important site for Christians. It’s a place where Jesus was crucified, buried and resurrected. His tomb is located within this church, and it holds the stone of Anointing / Unction, The Golgotha Hill (a place where Jesus was crucified) the Angel stone (a stone used to close tomb of Jesus). This church is shared by; “Greek Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Ethiopian, Coptic, and Syriac Orthodox. It’s key however is kept by Muslims.