Israel

1 day in Jerusalem – 360° Virtual Tour

 

Why Jerusalem’s Western Wall is so holy

As the Christian festival of Easter and Jewish holiday of Passover converge, a surge in pilgrims is expected in Jerusalem, home to sites revered by the three major monotheistic faiths.

Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz is rabbi of the Western Wall, a remnant of the retaining wall of the mount on which the Holy Temples once stood.

Every year, millions of Jews from all over the world visit the wall to pray.

Rabbi Rabinowitz explained to BBC News why the Western Wall is so important to the Jewish faith.

Jerusalem’s holy sites in 2.5 minutes

Guided tour of Jerusalem’s holiest sites in two-and-a-half minutes.

Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre

Greek Orthodox Patriarch Theophilus III explains why Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre is the holiest place in Christianity.

Why Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa mosque is so holy

Sheikh Azzam al-Khatib al-Tamimi explains the importance of Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa mosque to Islam, as well as the neighbouring Dome of the Rock, a major holy place to all three religions.