For those that love Israel, it isn’t surprising to see Jerusalem listed as one of the best cities in the world.
Nevertheless, it is exciting to see Jerusalem officially recognized by Travel + Leisure Magazine as a “Top 10” city for 2015.
Coming in at number 10 on the list, the magazine chose Jerusalem for it’s beauty, cultural significance, and resilience in the face of political controversy.
Christians, Jews, and Muslims converge to worship in this 4,000-year-old holy city, and their respective churches, synagogues, and mosques surround the historic Old City. Here, you can tuck a miniature prayer into the Western Wall, or see a fragment of clay engraved with cuneiform at the excavation site at Temple Mount. The iconic, gleaming gold Dome of the Rock is best photographed from the Austrian Hospice, which offers unparalleled views of the city and Mount of Olives. Jerusalem, like every other city on our list, also has a stake in the contemporary and the secular. Luxury apartment buildings now erupt like stalagmites from the Judean Desert, and high-end restaurants, such as King’s Court at the restored Waldorf Astoria, are bringing a new upmarket appeal to this arid oasis.
Have you been to the Holy City? What do you appreciate most about Jerusalem? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below.