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Jerusalem


Dome of the Rock:
Dome of the Rock, Jerusalem, Israel
Jerusalem is the largest city in Israel. As of 2007, Jerusalem had an estimated population of 732,100.

Jerusalem has a history that is believed to go back almost 6,000 years, and has been the holiest city in Judaism for approximately 3,000 years. The city is also considered by Muslims to be the third holiest city in Islam, and is of course also a very important city for Christians too - containing many significant Christian sites. Some of the most important religious sites in the city include:
  • The Temple Mount and Western Wall (for Jews).

  • The al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock (for Muslims)

  • The Church of the Holy Sepulchre (for Christians) - also known as the Church of the Resurrection - Containing the site of as Golgotha, the Hill of Calvary, where Jesus was crucified, and the location where Jesus was buried (the sepulchre). Today the church is also used as the headquarters for the Catholic Archpriest of the Basilia of the Holy Sepulchre, and the Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem.
The political status of Jerusalem remains an issue of dispute. The Israeli position is that East Jerusalem (captured in the 1967 Six Day War), is part of the state of Israel, and the whole of Jerusalem is the country's "eternal and indivisible" capital - however most countries do not recognize this claim (United Nations Security Council Resolution 478 explicitly rejected it), and maintain their embassies and other diplomatic missions in Tel Aviv. Meanwhile, the Palestinians also claim sovereignty over East Jerusalem, and hope to locate the capital of a future Palestinian state in East Jerusalem.

In 1995, the United States Congress passed the Jerusalem Act, stating that "Jerusalem should be recognized as the capital of the State of Israel; and the United States Embassy in Israel should be established in Jerusalem no later than May 31, 1999". Consequently official US government documents and web sites refer to Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The US embassy in Israel has not however been moved yet, as to do so requires the agreement of the President.

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DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Jerusalem, Israel, Petra & Sinai

By DK Travel

DK Eyewitness Travel
Released: 2016-11-15
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DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Jerusalem, Israel, Petra & Sinai will lead you straight to the best attractions the region has to offer.

Experience this beautiful and sacred part of the world, from the green hills and sun-drenched coast of Galilee to the holy sites of Jerusalem's Old City, and from the dramatic desert of Wadi Rum to the vibrant reefs of Dahab.

Discover DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Jerusalem, Israel, Petra & Sinai.

   • Detailed itineraries and "don't-miss" destination highlights at a glance.
   • Illustrated cutaway 3-D drawings of important sights.
   • Floor plans and guided visitor information for major museums.
   • Guided walking tours, local drink and dining specialties to try, things to do, and places to eat, drink, and shop by area.
   • Area maps marked with sights.
   • Detailed city maps each include a street finder index for easy navigation.
   • Insights into history and culture to help you understand the stories behind the sights.
   • Hotel and restaurant listings highlight DK Choice special recommendations.

With hundreds of full-color photographs, hand-drawn illustrations, and custom maps that illuminate every page, DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Jerusalem, Israel, Petra & Sinai truly shows you what others only tell you.

Recommended: For a pocket guidebook to the region, check out DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Top 10: Israel, Sinai & Petra, which is packed with dozens of top 10 lists, ensuring you make the most of your time and experience the best of everything.

Series Overview: For more than two decades, DK Eyewitness Travel Guides have helped travelers experience the world through the history, art, architecture, and culture of their destinations. Expert travel writers and researchers provide independent editorial advice, recommendations, and reviews. With guidebooks to hundreds of places around the globe available in print and digital formats, DK Eyewitness Travel Guides show travelers how they can discover more.

DK Eyewitness Travel Guides: the most maps, photographs, and illustrations of any guide.

Fodor's Essential Israel (Full-color Travel Guide)

By Fodor's Travel Guides

Fodor s Travel Guides
Released: 2017-06-20
Paperback (528 pages)

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Written by locals, Fodor's travel guides have been offering trusted advice for all tastes and budgets for more than 80 years. 

Israel packs in riches from cherished religious sites to stunning archaeological treasures to spectacular natural wonders. Holy land to Jews, Christians, and Muslims, this is where biblical places like Jerusalem and Galilee come alive. Colorful features in Fodor's Essential Israel help travelers experience all of this and more: awe-inspiring ancient cities, delicious food and wine, and a vibrant contemporary culture.

This travel guide includes:
· Dozens of full-color maps 
· Hundreds of hotel and restaurant recommendations, with Fodor's Choice designating our top picks
· Multiple itineraries to explore the top attractions and what’s off the beaten path
· In-depth breakout features on the Dead Sea, Masada, Israeli wine, and more
· Coverage of Jerusalem, Jaffa, Bethlehem, Tel Aviv, the Dead Sea, Eilat, the Negev, Haifa, Nazareth, Tiberias, the Sea of Galillee, the Golan Heights, Beersheva, and Petra in Jordan

Jerusalem (Cartographia City Map)

By Cartographia

Cartographia
Map (2 pages)

Jerusalem (Cartographia City Map)
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Folded city map. Scale 1:13,000. Legend includes public buildings, parks, pedestrian zones, railways, museums, hospitals, police stations, World Heritage Site, post offices, churches, synagogues, mosques, monuments, theatres, hotels, car parks. Includes inset map of Jerusalem city center and Jerusalem region. Extensive index.

Jerusalem and the Holy Land (Eyewitness Travel Guides)

By DK Publishing

Brand: DK Travel
Released: 2007-08-20
Paperback (328 pages)

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"The DK Eyewitness Jerusalem, Israel, Petra & Sinai Travel Guide" will lead you straight to the best attractions the country has to offer. From the green hills and sun-drenched coast of Galilee to the sacred sites of Jerusalem's Old City, the dramatic desert of Wadi Rum to the vibrant reefs of Dahab; this guide provides all the insider tips every visitor needs. "The DK Eyewitness Jerusalem, Israel, Petra & Sinai Travel Guide" includes comprehensive listings of the best hotels, restaurants, shops and nightlife for all budgets, and detailed street maps to help you get around. It's also fully illustrated, covering all the major areas, with 3D cutaways and floorplans of all the must-see sites. "The DK Eyewitness Jerusalem, Israel, Petra & Sinai Travel Guide" explores the culture, history and architecture, not missing the best in entertainment, shopping, tours and scenic walks, in this unique country. "DK Eyewitness Jerusalem, Israel, Petra & Sinai Travel Guide" - showing you what others only tell you.

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Jerusalem, Israel, Petra & Sinai

By DK Publishing

DK Eyewitness Travel
Released: 2014-08-18
Paperback (328 pages)

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DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Jerusalem, Israel, Petra, and Sinai will lead you straight to the best attractions the country has to offer, from the green hills and sun-drenched coast of Galilee to the sacred sites of Jerusalem's Old City, and from the dramatic desert of Wadi Rum to the vibrant reefs of Dahab.

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Jerusalem, Israel, Petra, and Sinai explores the culture, history, and architecture of this region, accompanied by full-color photographs, 3-D cutaway illustrations, and floor plans of all the must-see sights. You'll find detailed maps, as well as listings of hotels, restaurants, shops, entertainment, tours, scenic walks and more.

With hundreds of full-color photographs, hand-drawn illustrations, and custom maps that brighten every page, DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Jerusalem, Israel, Petra, and Sinai truly shows you this beautiful region as no one else can.

Jerusalem: City of Longing

By Simon Goldhill

Belknap Press
Released: 2009-09-28
Paperback (368 pages)

Jerusalem: City of Longing
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Jerusalem is the site of some of the most famous religious monuments in the world, from the Dome of the Rock to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre to the Western Wall of the Temple. Since the nineteenth century, the city has been a premier tourist destination, not least because of the countless religious pilgrims from the three Abrahamic faiths.

But Jerusalem is more than a tourist site―it is a city where every square mile is layered with historical significance, religious intensity, and extraordinary stories. It is a city rebuilt by each ruling Empire in its own way: the Jews, the Romans, the Christians, the Muslims, and for the past sixty years, the modern Israelis. What makes Jerusalem so unique is the heady mix, in one place, of centuries of passion and scandal, kingdom-threatening wars and petty squabbles, architectural magnificence and bizarre relics, spiritual longing and political cruelty. It is a history marked by three great forces: religion, war, and monumentality.

In this book, Simon Goldhill takes on this peculiar archaeology of human imagination, hope, and disaster to provide a tour through the history of this most image-filled and ideology-laden city―from the bedrock of the Old City to the towering roofs of the Holy Sepulchre. Along the way, we discover through layers of buried and exposed memories―the long history, the forgotten stories, and the lesser-known aspects of contemporary politics that continue to make Jerusalem one of the most embattled cities in the world.

Jerusalem: A Cookbook

By Yotam Ottolenghi

Random House
Released: 2012-10-16
Hardcover (320 pages)

Jerusalem: A Cookbook
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A collection of 120 recipes exploring the flavors of Jerusalem from the New York Times bestselling author of Plenty, one of the most lauded cookbooks of 2011.

In Jerusalem, Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi explore  the vibrant cuisine of their home city—with its diverse Muslim, Jewish, and Christian communities. Both men were born in Jerusalem in the same year—Tamimi on the Arab east side and Ottolenghi in the Jewish west. This stunning cookbook offers 120 recipes from their unique cross-cultural perspective, from inventive vegetable dishes to sweet, rich desserts. With five bustling restaurants in London and two stellar cookbooks, Ottolenghi is one of the most respected chefs in the world; in Jerusalem, he and Tamimi have collaborated to produce their most personal cookbook yet.

Jerusalem

By Colin Thubron

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Jerusalem
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This text describes the historical sights which await the traveller of Jerusalem, looking beneath the legend to discover the facts. It attempts to explain, without bias, the love of Christians, Jews and Muslims for the city, and aims to evoke the atmosphere of Jerusalem today.

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Jerusalem, Israel, Petra & Sinai

By Dorling Kindersley

DK Eyewitness Travel
Released: 2012-08-20
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The DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Jerusalem, Israel, Petra, and Sinai will lead you straight to the best attractions the country has to offer, from the green hills and sun-drenched coast of Galilee to the sacred sites of Jerusalem's Old City and from the dramatic desert of Wadi Rum to the vibrant reefs of Dahab.

The DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Jerusalem, Israel, Petra, and Sinai explores the culture, history, and architecture of this region, accompanied by full-color photographs, 3-D cutaway illustrations, and floor-plans of all the must-see sights. You'll find detailed maps, as well as listings of hotels, restaurants, shops, entertainment, tours, scenic walks and more.

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Jerusalem, Israel, Petra & Sinai — showing you what others only tell you.

Lonely Planet Israel & the Palestinian Territories (Travel Guide)

By Lonely Planet, Orlando Crowcroft & Jenny Walker

Lonely Planet Publications
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Lonely Planet Israel & the Palestinian Territories (Travel Guide)
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Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher

Lonely Planet Israel & the Palestinian Territories is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Explore Crusader ruins; marvel at the breathtaking Dome of the Rock; or laze on the golden sands of Tel Aviv's world-famous beaches; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Israel and the Palestinian Territories and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet Israel & the Palestinian Territories Travel Guide:

  • Full-colour maps and images throughout
  • Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests
  • Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
  • Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices
  • Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Cultural insights give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience - history, culture, cuisine, government and politics, religion, literature, music, cinema, environment
  • Free, convenient pull-out Jerusalem city map (included in print version), plus over 50 colour maps
  • Covers Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Jaffa, Haifa, Galilee, Tsfat, the Gaza Strip, the West Bank, the Negev, the Dead Sea, Petra and more

The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Israel & the Palestinian Territories, our most comprehensive guide to Israel and the Palestinian Territories, is perfect for both exploring top sights and taking roads less travelled.

  • Looking for more extensive coverage? Check out our Lonely Planet Middle East guide.

Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet, Daniel Robinson, Orlando Crowcroft, Virginia Maxwell and Jenny Walker.

About Lonely Planet: Since 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel media company with guidebooks to every destination, an award-winning website, mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet covers must-see spots but also enables curious travellers to get off beaten paths to understand more of the culture of the places in which they find themselves.



 
 
 

 
 
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