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As an old city in middle east lying by the west of the Dead Sea, Jerusalem has been the symbolic place for worship for Christians, Jews and Muslims and pilgrimage dating back to the era of bible.  The city is filled with significant religious areas surrounding the Temple Mount compound, including the Dome of the Rock (a 7th-century Islamic shrine bearing a golden dome), the Church of the Holy Sepulchre (a pilgrimage site for Christians) and the Western Wall (dedicated to Judaism).  (photo credit: HitManSnr / Shutterstock.com)

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JERUSALEM, PALESTINE/ISRAEL – March 18, 2016 – The Dome of Rock, the most popular tourist attraction in the Old City of Jerusalem. Every Friday, this building is opened to Muslim for prayers.

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JERUSALEM, ISRAEL – March 18, 2016 – Dome of Rock or Qubbatus Sakhra in Masjidil Aqsa compound is one of the sacred building for the Jews and Muslim in Israel.

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JERUSALEM, ISRAEL/PALESTINE – March 18, 2016 – Courtyard entrance towards Dome of Rock from the southern gate.

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JERUSALEM, PALESTINE/ISRAEL – March 18, 2016 – The interior decoration inside Dome of Rock or Qubbatus Sakhra, of Moorish design and Arabic Calligraphy. Side lighting is sunlight from openings.

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JERUSALEM, PALESTINE/ISRAEL – March 18, 2016 – The Islamic Museum located inside the compound of Al-Aqsa Mosque in the old city of Jerusalem.

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JERUSALEM, ISRAEL – Mar 18, 2016 – Side view of Masjid Al-Qibli, the largest mosque in Jerusalem on a gloomy morning light. This is the largest mosque in the Al-Aqsa compound and in Jerusalem.

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JERUSALEM, ISRAEL/PALESTINE – March 18, 2016 – The Qibli Mosque in the Al-Aqsa compound, of the old city of Jerusalem.

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JERUSALEM, PALESTINE/ISRAEL – March 18, 2016 – The underground praying hall of Marwan-e-Masjid, also known previously as Solomon’s Stable with inadequate dark lighting.

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JERUSALEM, ISRAEL/PALESTINE – March 18, 2016 – Signboard or signage showing direction to Masjidil Aqsa via Lions Gate at the Muslim Quarters in the old city of Jerusalem

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JERUSALEM, ISRAEL/PALESTINE – March 18, 2016 – The old signage at the entrance of the Holy Church of Sepulchre, the grand church of Christian orthodox, the old city of Jerusalem.

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JERUSALEM, ISRAEL/PALESTINE – March 18, 2016 – The Holy Church of Sepulchure, an ancient Christian orthodox grand church at the old city of Jerusalem.

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JERUSALEM, ISRAEL/PALESTINE – March 18. 2016 – The Lions Gate (Muslim Quarters) of the old city of Jerusalem, is the entrance to Masjid Al-Aqsa used by Moslems entering the mosque for daily prayers.

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JERUSALEM, ISRAEL/PALESTINE – March 18, 2016 – The local residents of the Muslim Quarters at the old city of Jerusalem resting by their house in front of the cobblestone street.

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JERUSALEM, ISRAEL/PALESTINE – March 18, 2016 – Retails of food and souvenirs on the cobblestone streets, at the Christian Quarters of the old city of Jerusalem.

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JERUSALEM, ISRAEL/PALESTINE – March 18, 2016 – Retails of food and souvenirs on the cobblestone streets, at the Christian Quarters of the old city of Jerusalem.

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JERUSALEM, ISRAEL/PALESTINE – March 18, 2016 – Vegetable and fruit selling on the street outside the entrance of the old city of Jerusalem (near the Muslim Quarters)

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JERUSALEM, PALESTINE/ISRAEL – March 18, 2016 – The courtyard inside the compound of Al-Aqsa Mosque from the inner side to the Western Wall, in the old city of Jerusalem.

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JERUSALEM, ISRAEL/PALESTINE – March 18, 2016 – Partial view of the strong stone wall of the old city of Jerusalem.

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JERUSALEM, ISRAEL/PALESTINE – March 18, 2016 – Tourists entering to Christian Quarters entry check point at the old city of Jerusalem.

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JERUSALEM, PALESTINE/ISRAEL – March 18, 2016 – One of the ancient entrance gate to the Temple Mount to the Dome of Rock, built by Romans in 70AD still standing strong.

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JERUSALEM, ISRAEL/PALESTINE – March 18, 2016 – The Dome of Ascension or Qubbatul Mikraj, a small structure with dome roof beside the famous Dome of Rock or Qubbatus Sakhrah

Useful Reference

Jerusalem – A Town of History and Faith
By Kevin Delbert

Most people know Jerusalem as a disputed city and treat it like the second Afghanistan. However, what many people don’t know is that Jerusalem is a beautiful place to visit with the city itself being an interesting place to explore. The most interesting feature about Jerusalem is that despite all the buildings in the city being made of the same white stone; the diversity within the city is amazing. Every alley, neighborhood, building is differently made and has its own story to tell.

The town is also very diverse in the variety of attractions that it has to offer to the tourists. You can choose between the history and culture of the old city and the busy chaos of downtown, between the religiosity of mosques and churches and the best dance bar in town. Jerusalem has everything to offer for everybody.

The Old City is the walled epicenter of Jerusalem with Arab Jerusalem to the east and Jewish Jerusalem to the west. This part of Jerusalem feels like the perfect setting for a fairytale especially at night when it has been serenely lit by floodlights. You must take a walk around Ramparts Walk to take in all the sights and sounds of the city. This part of the city has various quarters like the Muslim, Armenian, Christian and Jewish quarters along with the Temple Mount area which is highly congested. These quarters within the old city have been demarcated into East and West Jerusalem.

East Jerusalem is the Arab-populated part of Jerusalem. According to the Jewish, it is believed that Abraham prepared to sacrifice his son at the site of the Temple Mount and also, that Prophet Muhammad went to heaven from the very site. It is based on this faith that two other temples, the First and Second Temples, were constructed at the side of the Temple Mount. The Temple Mount consists of the golden-domed mosque that dominates the skyline of Jerusalem and also the Al-Aqsa mosque. There is a wall that separates the Temple and the Jewish Quarters. This is one of the holiest sites of Judaism and is greatly revered by its followers. The quarters also contain various religious institutions, archaeological sites and museums.

A must-see area in West Jerusalem is the Mea Shearim, which consists of a highly orthodox Jewish population which has been devoted to the Torah and religion of Judaism since times immemorial. The people in this part of the city dress in the traditional Jewish fashion and love to profess and uphold the Jewish culture. When you visit this part of town, please make sure that you are appropriately dressed and sans a camera.

To revel in the real essence of Jerusalem, it is important that you visit the adjacent areas of Mahane Yehuda Market and Nahlaot. This bustling market place-cum-residential area is characteristic of Jerusalem with beautiful music that often floats down its alleyways.

When you move on to West Jerusalem, you will notice a marked difference in the sights, sounds and language of the place which will make you feel like you might have come to a different city altogether. The highlights of this part of the city are the Armenian and Christian Quarters and the Tower of David Museum.

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Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/expert/Kevin_Delbert/1049466
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