About Jerusalem, Israel
Visiting Israel is a life changing experience. The country features an abundance of history, religious significance for many different faiths, 21st Century amenities and infrastructures, advanced innovations, high-tech technologies, and unique landscapes.
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What has not already been said about the holiest city in the world, the eternal city first built thousands of years ago, and whose history can be heard in the whispering of the wind along the walls, where every stone tells a wondrous story of a city that has drawn millions of faithful pilgrims for thousands of years. Such is Jerusalem, the capital of Israel, the only city in the world that has 70 names of love and yearning, the city that in old maps appears at the center of the world.
Jerusalem is a city of overwhelming emotions, a city that promises a religious and spiritual experience, excitement and pleasure, interesting tours and entertaining adventures. Here, alongside Jerusalem’s fascinating historic and archeological sites, there are amazingly modern tourist attractions for all lovers of culture, the arts, theater and music, architecture and gastronomic delights
With its religious and historic sites, cultural attractions, and picturesque mountain setting, Jerusalem is Israel’s foremost tourist destination, drawing one-and-a-half million visitors a year, or roughly 70 percent of all persons who visit Israel. In the same year, Jerusalem’s hotels employed 6,151 workers and welcomed 970,000 guests. The city has 65 hotels, with a combined total of 8,046 rooms. About 38 percent of travelers to Jerusalem come from the Americas, and 43 percent come from Europe.
The most colorful shopping experience to be found in Jerusalem is afforded by the crowded, bustling market stalls (or Shuk) of the Old City, where haggling with merchants is the rule and can reduce the initial asking price of an item by over one-half. A large selection of souvenirs is available for visitors of all religions, including many items that incorporate olive wood, silver, and turquoise. Ceramics are another of the many specialty items available in the market stalls.
Jerusalem is truly one-of-a-kind in its vast importance to such a great number of people around the world. Jerusalem’s is holy to the three major monotheistic religions – Judaism, Christianity and Islam – making it a draw for as much as half the world’s population. Jerusalem is a city that promises a religious and spiritual experience, interesting tours and entertaining adventures. Here, alongside Jerusalem’s fascinating historic and archeological sites, there are amazingly modern tourist attractions for all lovers of culture, the arts, theater and music, architecture and gastronomic delights. It’s no wonder that millions come yearly for Jerusalem, for all kinds of reasons.
Simply put, there are tons of things to do in Jerusalem, all while experiencing the unique essence of the city.
Jerusalem’s ancient Old City, around 3,000 years old, is the original Jerusalem, built under King David’s initiative. The Holy City was home to two Jewish temples, the meeting places of Jesus Christ and his disciples, and Mohammed’s ascension to heaven. The Old City is surrounded by a wall and divided into four quarters - Jewish, Christian, Muslim and Armenian. Walk the quarters’ narrow alleyways, and you’ll be stepping on and seeping in centuries-old streets, synagogues, churches and mosques alongside a variety of museums. Surrounding the Western Wall are other important Jewish sites – as the Western Wall Tunnels, the unique Davidson Center, David’s Citadel and many more. Others key visitation spots are: The Western Wall (Kotel), the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, and the Temple Mount with the Dome of the Rock.
A short trip away from Jerusalem are the easily-accessed Bethlehem sites including the Church of the Nativity, and nearby Tomb of Rachel. Day trips are easy to arrange – the Hills of Judea, Samaria, the Dead Sea, Masada, and Ein Gedi – even Tel Aviv is just 40 minutes away.
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Shabbat, or Saturday, is the Jewish holy day of the week. Shabbat starts on Friday afternoon/evening and ends on Saturday evening. All public offices in Israel are closed on Shabbat, as are most private businesses such as stores. In most cities, public transportation (trains and buses) does not operate. In mainly secular cities, like Tel Aviv, a lot of the restaurants and cafes are open but throughout the country many restaurants are closed. It is recommended to check in advance if you are planning on visiting a specific location. Radio and TV broadcasts operate as usual.
The Jerusalem International Convention Centre (ICC)
The IADR/PER Congress will take place at The Jerusalem International Convention Centre (ICC) located on the outskirts of Jerusalem. It has hosted a variety of events from conferences and business meetings, exhibitions, shows, cultured events, product launches and banquets.
The Jerusalem International Convention Centre (ICC) has easy access to Tel –Aviv, the international airport and the surrounding areas.
International Convention Centre (ICC)
Don’t miss these fascinating tours of Israel, all being offered for just the cost of bus transportation by Jerusalem Tourism – exclusively for IADR delegates! Visit www.reg.co.il/tours2016 to learn more and book.
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