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Jerusalem/Bethlehem (Ashdod), Israel

Ashdod produces textiles, cosmetics, and half the electrical power generated in Israel. Yet it is best known as the portal to the Holy Land.

According to Scripture, Ashdod was once home to giants. It was here that the Philistines brought the captured Ark, celebrating their victory over the Israelites. Today, the city itself is a giant of industry, surpassing Haifa as the largest port in Israel. More importantly, Ashdod is your gateway to Jerusalem. This city in the hills of Judea is sacred to three of the world's great faiths. For Jews, the Western Wall - the sole surviving remnant of the Second Temple - embodies their cultural and religious identity. Christians walk the Via Dolorosa and observe the Stations of the Cross, renewing Christ's sacrifice. For Moslems, the city is home to the third holiest shrine in all Islam. From a spot near the El-Aqsa Mosque, Muhammad ascended into Heaven to receive the teaching of Allah.

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  • Western Wall Western Wall

    The most sacred Jewish shrine in Jerusalem, this wall (also known as the Wailing Wall) is the sole remnant of the 2nd Temple destroyed by Rome in 70 A.D.

  • Garden of Gethsemane Garden of Gethsemane

    Located within the walled grounds of the Church of All Nations overlooking Jerusalem, this peaceful garden featuring a grove of ancient olive trees is the site where Judas betrayed Christ.

  • Jewish Quarter Jewish Quarter

    The eldest of four neighborhoods in Jerusalem's Old City, this quarter features some of the city's oldest synagogues and the remains of an ancient Roman street built in 135 A.D.

  • Via Dolorosa Via Dolorosa

    This "Way of Sorrows" is the narrow, cobbled road that Jesus walked, carrying his cross, from the place of Pontius Pilate's sentencing to Golgotha, where he was crucified.

  • Church of the Holy Sepulcher Church of the Holy Sepulcher

    Located within the walled Old City of Jerusalem, this 12th-century Christian church is believed to enshrine the sites of Christ's crucifixion, entombment, and resurrection.

  • The Holocaust / Yad Vashem Memorial & Israel Museum The Holocaust / Yad Vashem Memorial & Israel Museum

    This museum and its moving Children's Memorial enshrines the most traumatic event in Jewish history - the Holocaust. The Israel Museum is an historical and art museum.

  • The Room of the Last Supper & King David's Tomb The Room of the Last Supper & King David's Tomb

    The site of Christ's Last Supper and the Tomb of King David, which is adorned with 22 silver crowns representing the Kings of Israel who succeeded him.

  • Bethlehem Bethlehem

    This cradle of biblical history is the birthplace of David, King of Israel, and is home to the Church of the Nativity which marks the site where Christ was born.

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