1. Church of the Holy Sepulchre- One of the most important places to visit in Israel, Church of the Holy Sepulchre has been identified as the site of both the crucifixion and the tomb of Jesus of Nazareth and is a major pilgrimage centre.
2. Western Wall- An ancient limestone wall fragment that stands in the old city of Jerusalem, the Western Wall is a holy pilgrimage spot. It is the holiest place where the Jews are permitted to offer prayers as a result of the restrictions surrounding prayers at Temple Mount.
3. Dome of the Rock- The Dome of the Rock is an Islamic shrine which has graced Jerusalem since 691 CE. Its golden dome is one of the most famous sights to be seen in Jerusalem. The spiritual and artistic elements of this shrine make it a must visit in the city.
4. Temple Mount- Said to be the ancient site where Abraham sacrificed his son, Isaac as well as the site where two ancient Jewish temples are present. The current day location of Al-Aqsa Mosque and Dome of Rock, Temple Mount is an extremely important site in Jerusalem.
5. Tower of David- Also known as the Jerusalem Citadel, this tower is a stronghold of historical significance. The views from the top are a major attraction, though the architectural and cultural value of the monument is also immense.
6. Yad Vashem- Yad Vashem is a monument which pays tribute to the victims of the Holocaust, and is a poignant historical site in the city.
7. Rockefeller Museum- Wooden panels, marble lintels, Dead Sea scrolls, statuary and stucco decorations are some of the many archaeological discoveries on display at the Rockefeller Museum, making it one of the most important museums in Israel.
8. Tomb of Absalom- A monumental rock-cut tomb traditionally dedicated to Absalom, son of David, this monument is a good exemplar of ancient Israeli architecture, and is worth a visit.
9. Montefiore Windmill- Built in 1857, the Montefiore Windmill is a landmark site in Jerusalem, famous for being a symbol of Israel’s long-standing self-sufficiency and visionary thought in building a modern Israeli society.
10. Gethsemane Site- Located on the foot of Mount of Olive, this is supposed to be the holy site where Jesus prayed before his crucifixion with his disciples around him. 4 possible spots in the garden mark the site where the agony took place.
11. Al-Aqsa Museum- Also known as the Islamic Museum, Al-Aqsa is the oldest museum in Jerusalem and features an extensive and valuable collection of Qur'ans, Islamic ceramics, coins, glassware, guns, swords, and daggers.
12. Mahane Yehuda Market- The vibrant hub of Israel’s local culture, this market makes for a glorious shopping expedition where you can find anything from fruits and vegetables to wines and textiles to all kinds of Israeli foods among other things.
13. The city of David- An important archaeological site in Jerusalem which harks back to the Iron and Bronze ages and features extensive artefacts from those ages, City of David makes for a good historical day trip in the Jerusalem.
14. Jaffa Gate- “The Gate of the Friend” as it is popularly known, Jaffa Gate is a magnificent stone archway that acts as one of the seven open gateways of Old Jerusalem’s walled borders, adding grace to the entire aspect of the ancient city.
15. Siloam Tunnel- Also known as Hezekiah's Tunnel, this water tunnel was carved out under the City of David. This architectural marvel was built around the 8th to 7th BCE and still stands strong as a symbol of a glorious ancient past.
16. Hurva Synagogue- Beautiful exteriors and jaw-dropping interiors make this synagogue a must-visit in Jerusalem. The world’s tallest Holy Ark, containing the Torah Scrolls, stands here. Historical and cultural influences make their presence strongly felt in its aisles, and the views from the dome are breathtaking too.