Spring of 2018 will be remembered as a special time in the history of Israel, and Jerusalem in particular.
On April 19th, the state will mark its 70th Independence Day, a very special and important milestone on its own. Roughly a month later another major event will take place when the US Embassy moves from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, following US President Donald Trump’s historic recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
Both events make for an excellent cause for a celebration.
Jerusalem is obviously an exciting bucket-list destination for the general public, but it’s also a heaven for photographers. I’ve always felt very privileged for being able to work extensively in this city, and over the years I was able to document the most fascinating places and capture some very memorable moments.
I figured now would be a wonderful opportunity to share some of my favorite shots from Jerusalem, during these very special times in its modern history.
The photos I have collected will give you a glimpse of Jerusalem during different seasons and occasions, some of which you can’t always witness as a tourist visiting the city. They also show how diverse the Israeli capital is, and how far it has come in preserving its historic heritage, perfectly blending between ancient and modern.
From my perspective, these photos celebrate the amazing spirit of a city like no other in the world. By the time you finish scrolling down, you’ll wish you could be here to celebrate with us!
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1. Soak in the spirituality, while admiring the views from the Mount of Olives.
2. Damascus Gate, during Jerusalem Day celebrations, marking the reunification of the city.
3. Celebrating Israel’s Independence Day at the Tower of David.
4. Even harsh winters and snow storms can’t deter some worshipers from praying at the Western Wall.
5. But winter can make the city resemble some other European capitals.
6. Some sites, although used during every period in Jerusalem’s history, have opened to the public only very recently.
7. People shouldn’t be surprised to see sights of co-existence in the Old City.
8. But you will be surprised if you asked for the time in the Moscovia compound of Ein Karem, as they live according to Russia’s time zone.
9. Another surprise can be this view, which isn’t normally associated with the city.
10. Abundance of goods and colors is what everyone expects to see at the Old City Market.
11. And even more colorful is the famous Mahane Yehuda Market.
12. Some places remained the same for 3,000 years, since the time of the First Temple.
13. While others are as modern and developed as can be…
14. And some brilliantly combine both ancient and modern, like the “Journey to Jerusalem” in the Western Wall Tunnels.
15. The city offers even more unlikely views, such as this of the Yemin Moshe neighborhood.
16. And while this view is very popular, did you know that the Jewish cemetery at the Mount of Olives is the oldest continuously used cemetery in the world?
17. Something you probably do know is that some moments you witness here can stay with you forever.
18. An extraordinary time to visit the city is during the holidays of December.
19. Whether you’re celebrating Christmas or Hanukkah, all the festivities are just around the corner.
20. Other uplifting events in the city include the annual Festival of Light, always a feast to the eye.
21. Which every year highlights the contrast between old and new in the Old City.
22. The Church of the Holy Sepulchre underwent an historic restoration in 2017, during which the Tomb of Jesus was excavated for the very first time.
23. One of the city’s most important sites is the world renowned Yad Vashem museum, commemorating the history of the Holocaust.
24. Almost everywhere you look, the rooftops of Jerusalem reveal the diversity of the holy city.
25. Which also has major points of interest that are completely non-religious.
26. But whether you’re religious or not, spiritually can be felt almost everywhere across the Israeli capital.
27. Where accessibility to the holiest of sites is celebrated every day.
28. There are plenty of majestic views you’ll never get tired of…
29. Incredible sunsets to marvel across the hills of Jerusalem.
30. Magical narrow alleyways to explore, particularly in the Jewish Quarter.
31. And by the time you’ve seen it all, you’ll understand why all major religions consider this to be the birthplace of the world.
32. Just don’t forget to take your picture with the new I Love Jerusalem sign!
Which one was your favorite? Let me know in the comments section!
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