The Beauty of Jerusalem

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This article is based on the city of Jerusalem. Includes the Religious background of the city in short summaries and key places for people of all faiths to visit such as the Cenacle, Golgotha and the Western Wall.

Submitted: January 13, 2014

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"Do you know what lies in the Holy Land? A new world. A man who, in France, had not a house, is in the Holy Land, the master of a city. He who was the master of the city begs in the gutter. There at the end of the world, you are not what you are born, but what you have it in yourself to be" (transcript from Kingdom of Heaven 2005). Jerusalem is a place of wonder, history, controversy, bloodshed and beauty. Lets explore this sacred city.

Jerusalem is home to a staggering 804,000 people, 62% of which are Jewish, 35% Muslim, 2% Christian and 1% whom are not classified by religion. (2011 Jerusalem institute for Israel studies.) How did this blistering city become home to such a multi-ethnic and multi-cultural society?

Going back 3000 years, Jerusalem was occupied by the Israelites and King David. King David proclaimed the city as his and the Israelites capital. Since that day Jerusalem has thrived with Judaism throughout the ages. Certain Jewish sites to visit in Jerusalem consist of: the 'Temple Mount', the 'Western Wall', the 'Mount of Olives' and the 'Hurva synagogue'.

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^ (the 'Western Wall')

Jerusalem is also a significant holy site to many Muslims although Mecca is regarded as the holiest city of Islam. The city is important to Muslims as it is home to 'Masjid-al Aqsa' and the 'Dome of the Rock'. Muslims believe 1400 years ago the prophet Muhammad travelled to the 'Farthest Mosque' in one night and met with other prophets including Jesus. It is believed that the prophet Muhammad ascended to heaven at the place where the  'Masjid al-Aqsa' is now built. Many years later the 'Dome of the Rock' was built and is now part of 'Masjid al-Aqsa'. Both of this holy sites are on top of the 'Temple Mount'. Very confusing I know, it took me a while to grasp this concept too.

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^ (the 'Dome of the Rock')

As a Christian I believe the importance of Jerusalem is paramount to all Christians. The Holy Land is said to be the where Jesus spent a large proportion of his life. Jesus preached and healed within the walls of Jerusalem. Jesus was crucified in Jerusalem. Jesus had his final meal in Jerusalem(the Last Supper.) The list goes on and on! There are many Christian holy sites in Jerusalem which are significant to the Christian belief. In Jerusalem there are symbolic holy sites for Christians. The 'Church of the Holy Sepulchre' is believed to be the place of the crucifixion  of Jesus and also the place of burial. Some disclaim this and believe the burial and crucifixion are some place else in the capital. Another holy site would be the 'Cenacle'. The 'Cenacle' is located on 'Mount Zion' and Christian belief tell is this is the place of the 'Last Supper'. Finally the 'Via Dolorosa' which is one of my favourites, is the road upon which Jesus walked and carried the cross to Golgotha (Holy Sepulchre) to be crucified.

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^ ('Via Dolorosa')

Jerusalem is a place of miracles, beauty and is an awe inspiring sight for every kind of religious follower. No matter what belief you follow there will always be a place for you in the Holy Land. We should pilgrimage to Jerusalem, it is a once in a lifetime opportunity that we all should not bypass. I beg of you to visit this elegant spectacle before it is to late.

If you either live in Jerusalem or have visited this magnificent place I'd love to hear your stories. Please, feel free to comment below or email me personally (a.hanson16@hotmail.co.uk)  your wonderful story on this divine city.

AH


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