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 Five Things To Do In Jerusalem
Visit the Old City – Any trip to Israel will not be complete with out a stopover at the old city of Jerusalem. Some of the most important places to the three major monotheistic religions are located here and the sounds, smells and colors of the limestone city are unique to Jerusalem. The obvious musts are: The Noble Sanctuary, Al-Haram al-Sharif, where you can inspect the wonderful Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa mosque; The Western Wall (or wailing wall), The Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Via Dolorosa and the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer (excellent 360 degrees view point from the tower of the church). The market of the old city is an attraction of its own - it’s a good gift shopping venue and if you have the time to stop and have coffee with shop owners you will make friends in no time and hear about life in Jerusalem from a local.
Take a Bus TourWhile the Old city is quite small and easy to cover by foot, the city outside the walls spreads over the hills and is quite big. The Jerusalem City Tour Company & Egged will take you on a panoramic tour of Jerusalem's main attractions, while riding in a double Decker bus. The tour lasts for 2 hours, during which one can get off and on the bus in 28 stops. Audio guide is available in 8 languages. You will pass by all the important sites of the city, while enjoying its mountain air and mystical atmosphere.
Visit Mahane Yehuda Market – For a real Jerusalem experience the market of Mahane Yehuda awaits you. This is the place to zip extra fresh espresso while watching this vibrant market and habitants going about their daily shopping. The shouting, the haggling, the amazingly fresh fruits and vegetables…the spices, flowers, beans and lentils, cheese and meet, chickens and fish. This colorful market offers a genuine taste of Jerusalem and its diversified population.
Check out the Chagall windows – Make your way to the synagogue of the Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center. Take a deep breath and walk in… The floors and interior walls are made of Jerusalem stone –like most other synagogues in the city, but this one is so special…  illuminated by a hanging lantern and by sunlight which streams through the magnificent Chagall Windows – this synagogue gives a new meaning to the word divine.  
The creation of the Windows was a labor of love to Chagall and his assistant, Charles Marq, both of whom worked on the project for two years.
Catch a show on Israel's Festival – The biggest performing arts festival in Israel, hosted by the beautiful city of Jerusalem. Choose from over a hundred shows featuring famous Israeli artists as well as artists and companies from and around the world… Theater, Music and Dance – indoors and out on the streets, this month Jerusalem has it all and in all colors and shapes…The love of art and performing arts in particular takes over the city for a month (May 24 – June 22).

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