Jerusalem, the city which is known to have been blessed three times, is for Jews, Christians and Muslims, the cradle of Monotheism, and it is here that Judaism and Christianity began. This is a magnificent old city with 4000 years of history rich in breath-taking treasures.

The Jerusalem visit

Our private tour guide in Israel will take you through the old city of Jerusalem.

Near Jaffa Gate, at the foot of the ramparts, I will share with you the history of the old city. We will begin with the Armenian Quarter at Emmanuelle Church, the first Protestant Church in the Middle East from the end of the 19th century. Inside a museum found there, I will present to you a model of the city which demonstrate the life of Jerusalem in the 1st century. Inside the church I will introduce to you special features of the place. We will continue our tour heading towards the Jewish Quarter where we will visit the remains of the old Byzantine Cardo. We will also pass through different synagogues like the "Hourva".

We will discover Judaism at the Wailing Wall, the last remains of the Temple of Jerusalem. Not far from there we will visit the Davidson Center, where some important remains were found in the 19th century dating from the 1st century at the time of the second Temple. Then we will continue to the Muslim quarter across the street and admire the Damascus Gate, the main gate leading to the Muslim quarter. We will continue our private guided tour and explore Christianity. Starting on the street Via Dolorosa, we will walk along the 14 points of the Way of the Cross continuing towards St Sepulcher's church, in the heart of the Christian district. According to the Christian tradition, this was the path that Jesus had to take while carrying the cross to be crucified.

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We will continue our journey towards Mount Zion, along the way we will visit the upper room or Cenacle, the place where Jesus and the apostles took their last meal and also the place where the apostles blessed the holy spirit, the day of Pentecost.
Near the Cenacle is the tomb of King David, a major pilgrimage site for Jews, Christians and Muslims.

On the Mount of Olives we will contemplate the old city as well as the temple mount, and then we will descend through its paths and visit churches telling New Testament stories such as Dominus Flevit Gethsemane.
It is possible to visit the Temple Mount in the morning from Sunday to Thursday but the visit will have to start earlier. The access is free but is allowed under certain conditions further information will be provided if relevant.

Jerusalem according to Judaism

The ancestral capital of Judaism presented by your private tour guide

This was the place recalled in the Old Testament where the unsuccessful sacrifice of Isaac, son of Abraham on Mount Moria (Temple Mount) took place, thus creating the covenant between man and a single god that would later be called Monotheism. Conquered and built by King David, King of Israel in -1000 BC, it was the capital of the twelve tribes of Israel.

It is the city that once housed the first and second temple, the most holy place in Judaism. In the temple, according to Jewish tradition, is the Ark of the Covenant, where the tablets of the law engraved by God and given to men by Moses on Mount Sinaï are stored. For Jews, the temple symbolizes the house of God on earth as it is written in the Old Testament "You will build Me a house and I will dwell among you".

In the Temple, animal sacrifices were made called "daily expiatory sacrifice". The Israelites stayed there during the annual pilgrimages, three times a year during the three big festivals. After its almost complete destruction by Rome in the year 70 AD in the first century, only the Western wall remain and became unique place of pilgrimage, called the Wailing Wall.

Jerusalem according to Christianity

The Passion of Christ, told by the private tour guide of Sababa Tours 

Jerusalem is the place where Jesus lived his last days. There he was betrayed by Judah, arrested by the masters of the temple and the Roman soldiers and judged, underwent terrible sufferings on the Cross, on Mount Golgotha.
The crucifixion of Jesus, as recounted in the New Testament, describes the trials inflicted upon him. Jesus was forced to carry his cross by soldiers who flogged him, wearing a crown of thorns, and brought to a rock outside the city of Golgotha, also known as "the place of the skull". In this place, in the heart of the Christian quarter, the Basilica of "St Sepulcher" stands today.
This torture began where "Via dolorosa" is located in the Muslim quarter, an alley that runs through the ancient city of Jerusalem. It is from El Omaria school, built on the ruins of the Antonia Fortress where "Pontius Pilate" judged Jesus. That begins the way of the 14 points that ends at the Basilica of the Holy Sepulcher, right in the heart of the Christian neighborhood.
Jerusalem is rich in places found in the New Testament, places known as: The Temple Mount, the Mount of Olives, Mount Zion, Cenacle, Gethsemane and many others. Sababa Tours specializes in operate Christian pilgrimage tours to Israel.
Jerusalem is rich in places found in the New Testament, places known as: The Temple Mount, the Mount of Olives, Mount Zion, Cenacle, Gethsemane and many others. Sababa Tours specialized in operate Christian pilgrimage tours to Israel.

Jerusalem according to Islam

The 3rd holiest place of Islam, will be narrated by your private tour guide.

This is the place where the abortive sacrifice of Ishmael, son of Abraham, and the alliance between God and man on Mount Moria, the mosque's esplanade, took place.

This is the place where the prophet Muhammad, founder of Islam, had a night vision and according to the story, travelled from Mecca to Jerusalem on the back of his white winged horse called "Al Buraq" in order to go to the rock of sacrifice.

Muhammad ascended to heaven from this rock to receive the command of God to pray five times a day.
In 691 AD the "dome of the rock" was built and it is one of the oldest remains dating back to the first Muslim dynasty called the Umayads.