An official government organization, the Jerusalem Development Authority, sent out their “Monthly Jerusalem Newsletter” today with these “Facts about Jerusalem.”

  • King David made Jerusalem the capital of Israel 3,000 years ago.
  • The Western Wall in the Old City is the last remaining wall of the ancient Second Jewish Temple which was destroyed by the Romans in 70CE.
  • For Christians, Jerusalem is the place where Jesus lived, preached, died, and was resurrected.
  • According to Islam, the prophet Muhammad was miraculously transported from Mecca to Jerusalem, and then ascended to Heaven.
  • Mishkenot Sha’ananim is the first area of habitation in Jerusalem outside the Old City walls. It’s building began in 1860.
  • Jerusalem today has over 10,000 hotel rooms with another 10,000 planned in the coming years.
  • The most visited site in Israel is in Jerusalem. It is the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the traditional site of Jesus’ crucifixion.

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Holy Sepulcher facade and bell tower, tb010312291

Church of the Holy Sepulcher