Living in Jerusalem - The City of Peace
Hebrew: ירושלים - עיר השלום
View of Jerusalem from the Mt. Olives (Image credit: Unsplash)
What can one say about Jerusalem that hasn't already been said before It's the most written about city in the world! The capital of Israel, the "City of Peace", holy to the three major religions of the world - Judaism, Christianity and Islam - goes back thousands of years. Holy sites are abundant. Once thought to be the center of the world, the ancient and the modern meet here. The Divine Presence can be felt in every alley and every corner. Each and every cobbled stone tells a story of Jerusalem's history, its struggles and its triumphs. Every person that visits here has a unique and unforgettable experience.
Jerusalem has a population of over 3/4 of a million residents. Approximately 2/3 of the population are Jewish, the rest are Muslims, Christians and other religious groups.
Jerusalem nestles in the Judean Hills which includes the Mount of Olives in the east and Mount Scopus in the north-east. Bethlehem lies to the south and the Dead Sea to the south-east. About 60km to the north-west lies Tel Aviv.
Jerusalem is surrounded by hills, valleys, seasonal river beds and the remnants of magnificent natural forests of pine and olives in wonderful hues of green. Ancient, supporting stone terraces can be seen everywhere.
Jerusalem has a generally uniform climate it is not too hot, not too cold, not too dry and not too wet. It is not uncommon though, for Jerusalem to be blanketed in snow in the winter.
Layout of the City
The Old City
The city of Jerusalem is divided into 3 main parts: the Old City, the modern city and East Jerusalem. The most historical and holy part of Jerusalem is the Old City. The Old City is divided into four quarters: The Armenian Quarter, the Christian Quarter, the Muslim Quarter and the Jewish Quarter.
East & West Jerusalem
Outside the walls of the Old City is the New City or West Jerusalem. Like every other modern city in the world, bars, restaurants, shopping malls, museums and other facilities are in abundance.
The third section of Jerusalem is East Jerusalem and has a much more eastern feel to it.
There is not much point in saying anything more about Jerusalem and boring you with facts and figures. You will find all the information you need in the Bible, on Wikipedia, and thousands of other websites and resources. We want to give you practical tips and information. We want to give you and insiders view of the city so that your experience will be better and easier.
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