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Jerusalem, City of Gold - View from Mount Zion
Jerusalem, City of Gold - View from Mount Zion

Jerusalem, a city holy to the world's three monotheistic religions, has the highest density of Christian holy sites in all of the Holy Land. Jerusalem is filled with places visited by Jesus, churches celebrating His life, death and resurrection. The Western Wall and the Dome of the Rock are sites important to Jewish and Muslim believers; however, it serves an importance to many Christian while visiting Jerusalem.

A must see stop for any Christian tour of Jerusalem is the Room of the Last Supper; located on Mount Zion, this is believed to be the place at which Jesus shared His final meal with His disciples, washing their feet during the Passover meal (John 13:1). Nearly 7 weeks later, the first Jewish believers received what Jesus has promised them, the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:2).

Not too far is the Mount of Olives, this is considered to be the site from which Jesus ascended to Heaven following His Resurrection. On the foot of the Mount of Olives is a famous church named, the Basilica of the Agony, which is also known as the Church of All Nations, this is located in the Garden of Gethsemane (In Hebrew: "Oil Press"). This is the place to which Jesus went to pray after the Last Supper. It was here that Judas identified Jesus after the other disciples fell asleep (Mathew 26).

Finally, the Bible Lands Museum and Israel Museum hold many important pieces of art and religious artifacts (like the Dead Sea Scrolls) that are of interest to many tour groups in the Holy Land.

Catholic Importance:

The Via Dolorosa is a path through the Old City of Jerusalem with the fourteen Stations of the Cross that mark Jesus' walk towards his crucifixion at the Calvary; some of the stops on this route are not mentioned by name in the New Testament, but represent the events that He experienced along the way. Along the Via Dolorosa, groups first visit the site of Jesus' condemnation by Pilate – about whose exact location a debate exists. Some believe the trial took place inside the Chapel of the Condemnation, whereas others point to the Citadel as a more historically logical site, since the Citadel was once the local palace in which Pilate probably lived. The Franciscan Monastery of the Flagellation is another one of the stops on the Via Dolorosa, commemorating the spot at which Jesus was flogged by Roman soldiers on His way to crucifixion.

The final stop on the Via Dolorosa is the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. This church, the holiest site in every sect of Christianity, is believed to be the site of the Calvary on which Jesus was crucified, as well as the place in which His dead body was laid out. Today, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre houses an altar on the spot where the cross once stood, the Tomb of Christ and a part of the rolled-away stone. (Some Protestant groups believe the Garden Tomb to be the site of this event). Each year on Palm Sunday, a procession walks through the streets of Jerusalem to commemorate the path on which Jesus entered the city during the final week of His life.

Jerusalem is also home to other important Catholic holy sites outside of the Old City. The Church of Dominus Flevit offers a beautiful view of the Temple Mount, and is the spot on which Jesus mourned the city's imminent destruction. The Church of John the Baptist, the Church of Mary Magdalene, the Church of the Pater Noster, the Church of the Redeemer, the Church of the Visitation and the Tomb of the Virgin are each churches from different sectors of Christianity that honor a different moment in the life of Jesus or those closest to Him.

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