Must-see attractions in East Jerusalem

  • Jerusalem, Israel

    City of David

    East Jerusalem

    As teeming with controversy as it is with ancient history, the City of David is one of Jerusalem's most active archaeological sites. The oldest part of…

  • Museum on the Seam

    East Jerusalem

    Located on the 'seam' (border) between East and West Jerusalem, this gallery presents rotating contemporary art exhibitions, often exploring themes of…

  • Arch of the Church of all Nations

    Church of All Nations

    East Jerusalem

    Built above the remains of two previous churches, this Franciscan basilica crowns the site where Jesus is believed to have prayed through the night before…

  • Tomb of the Virgin Mary (also known as Church of the Sepulchre of Saint Mary), the interior

    Tomb of the Virgin Mary

    East Jerusalem

    Centuries of candle smoke have blackened the walls of this subterranean shrine, one of Christianity's holiest sites. According to tradition, this is the…

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    Garden Tomb

    East Jerusalem

    Away from the din of Derekh Shchem (Nablus) Rd is a tranquil patch of green, considered by its trustees to be the garden and sepulchre of Joseph of…

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    Valley of Jehoshaphat

    East Jerusalem

    The word jehoshaphat (yehoshafat in Hebrew) means ‘God has judged’, and this narrow furrow of land located between Temple Mount/Al Haram Ash Sharif and…

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    Church of the Pater Noster

    East Jerusalem

    Tiled panels bearing the Lord's Prayer beam from the walls of this church and cloister. Queen Helena, mother of Emperor Constantine, believed this to be…

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    Garden of Gethsemane

    East Jerusalem

    After a night of feverish prayer, Jesus is believed to have been arrested in this garden (Mark 14:26, 32–50), now attached to the Church of All Nations…

  • Rockefeller Museum

    East Jerusalem

    The Rockefeller Museum doesn't ride high on must-see lists for Jerusalem, but it's calm, uncrowded and only a short walk from Herod's Gate. The atmosphere…

  • Palestinian Heritage Museum

    East Jerusalem

    Within a school complex (the Dar Al Tifil Al Arabi Institute) in a 19th-century building, this museum provides a useful primer on ancient and modern…

  • Church of Dominus Flevit

    East Jerusalem

    Built in the early 1950s, this tear-drop-shaped church commemorates the spot where, according to the Gospel of Luke, Jesus wept after foreseeing the…

  • St George’s Cathedral

    East Jerusalem

    Named after the patron saint of England, who is traditionally believed to have been martyred in Palestine in the early 4th century, St George’s Cathedral…

  • Church of the Ascension

    East Jerusalem

    In 1898 the Ottomans granted Germany 8 hectares of land on the Mount of Olives. This was set aside for a church and hospice, and the complex was named…

  • Shiloach Pool

    East Jerusalem

    Discovered during excavations in 2004, the Shiloach Pool – a small pond near the Byzantine Pool of Siloam – was built during the Second Temple period and…

  • Tomb of the Prophets

    East Jerusalem

    Head into the section of the Jewish cemetery below a panoramic viewpoint, via a staircase, to find this underground set of ancient rock-cut tombs. Jewish…

  • Russian Church of the Ascension

    East Jerusalem

    Built atop Herodian ruins, a sharp steeple soars 64m above this Russian Orthodox church, the tallest structure on the Mount of Olives. Orthodox believers…

  • Tomb of Zechariah

    East Jerusalem

    The tent-roofed Tomb of Zechariah, flanked by Ionic columns, is carved out of rock. According to Jewish tradition, this is where the prophet Zechariah is…

  • Grotto of St James

    East Jerusalem

    This site is where St James is believed to have hidden when Jesus was arrested nearby.