“Like flying birds, so will God protect Jerusalem”. – Isaiah 31:5
Jerusalem (Yerushalayim) was first settled around 6,000 years ago, making it one of the oldest cities in the world. Today, it is Israel’s Capitol, as well as its largest city (Population > 900,000 people). Jerusalem is considered holy by three religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, and contains holy sites of each.
Jerusalem consists of two parts: The Old City of Jerusalem, contained within ancient walls, is further divided into Jewish, Armenian, Muslim, and Christian Quarters. The New City of Jerusalem, sitting beyond the ancient walls, is a modern metropolis. New Jerusalem neighborhoods vary from crowded streets of apartment houses to suburban neighborhoods with single-family homes with landscaped yards.
Among the places to visit in Jerusalem are the the Kotel (Western Wall), and the Knesset, Israel’s national parliament. Jerusalem is also home to many museums, concert venues, universities, and parks.