Top Historical Places in Jerusalem

Are you looking to explore the history of Jerusalem through the ages? There are a number of historical destinations in Jerusalem including the time-honored buildings, monuments, palaces, and parks where you can learn about the glorious past of Jerusalem. The presence of these historical sites and museums will take you on a walk through Jerusalem ‘s rich history.
If you are willing to have an in-depth historical information about Jerusalem, we recommend that you take a wonderful guided tour to cover the major historical attractions. Also, check the opening and closing time for each so that you can organize your time. Make sure that you go through the complete list of historical places in Jerusalem for a great trip!

Let's witness the history of Jerusalem with these top historical places - monuments and landmarks:

  1. Yad Vashem

    4.8 (763 Votes)
    Yad Vashem


    The Second World War took a toll on the whole world and Israel was no exception. The atrocities against the Jews by the Germans are shown at the Yad Vashem - Holocaust Memorial which in its own way, is a reminder of the times when humanity was lost. See the photos of the victims and see art combined with history to depict the heartbreaking moments during the Second World War Highlights include:...Read more
  2. Mount Of Olives

    View Point, Monastery , Tomb

    The Mount of Olives is probably one of the most fascinating places on Earth. It is believed that Jesus Christ visited the Mount of Olives 3 times before he took his last breath and every time he did, incidents of great importance have taken place. Today, the Mount of Olives shapes yet another of Jerusalem’s historic stories. A tomb of Mary is also located near the Mount and many churches,...Read more
  3. Gethsemane

    4.7 (866 Votes)

    Religious Site, Garden, Historical Site, Nature

    The Garden of Gethsemane has an ancient Olive garden where Jesus would visit quiet often with his disciples to pray and where they slept the night before Jesus was crucified. It was at this very place that the soldiers arrested Jesus Christ and handed him over to Pontius Pilate. Today, the garden is a place of worship and still echoes its stories. The calm, tranquil ambience of the place is apt...Read more
  4. The Garden Tomb

    4.7 (362 Votes)
    The Garden Tomb

    Religious Site, Garden, Tomb

    The Garden Tomb is the worship place for Anglicans and Protestants, believed to the place where Jesus was buried (to the controversy of the other burial place). The controversy comes from the place of Jesus’s burial being called ‘Golgotha’ or ‘Skull Hill’ assumed to be this very place by Scholars since the mid-19th century. The tomb along with the garden does make ...Read more
  5. Siloam Tunnel

    4.7 (447 Votes)
    Siloam Tunnel

    Archaeological Site , Tunnel

    The Siloam tunnel is also popularly known as Hezekiah's Tunnel and is basically a water tunnel that was carved in the ancient times under the City of David in Jerusalem. Visiting the tunnel would give you the chance to see the original walls of the City. Here, you would get an insight into the city’s history and the chance to admire the skills of the people in the Biblical times. At some ...Read more
  6. Via Dolorosa

    4.6 (637 Votes)
    Via Dolorosa

    Historical Site

    Via Dolorosa (Way of the Cross) of the ‘Path of Sorrow’ was where Jesus walked through to the Crucifixion. Following the same path through the old part of Jerusalem is nothing short of an out of body experience. The whole route consists of 14 stations which start from the place where Jesus was condemned by Pilate and end to the ‘Calvary’ where he was crucified. The stati...Read more
  7. Mount Herzl National Cemetery


    Theodor Herzl played an important role in visioning a national state safe for Jews and even though he could not live to see his vision come true, he sowed the seed for others to follow on. After his death in 1904, his body was brought to Jerusalem in 1949 and buried here. The mount was named after him and over the course of history many prominent people of Israel wee buried here. Some of the pr...Read more
  8. The Cardo

    5 (143 Votes)
    The Cardo

    Historical Site

    The Cardo is a historical street located in the Jewish Quarter which was the main street during the Roman era. The whole city bustled with life then and till today, the number of shops open here are a good way to shop for gifts for loved ones and admire the old-world charm of the street. In a sense, the street carries a new vibe but at its core- the pillars, columns and stone pebbled ground of ...Read more
  9. David's Tomb

    4.6 (145 Votes)
    David's Tomb

    Religious Site, Tomb, Synagogue

    King David's Tomb is one of the controversial sites in Jerusalem. Some believe that he was buried at Mount Zion in an embellished tomb while some believe that this Tomb is too modern in its design to truly be the King’s resting place. For tourists, however, this does not reduce the mystique of the place and pilgrims wait in long queues to be able to pay their respect and pray at the tomb....Read more
  10. Mount Of Olives Jewish Cemetery

    Cemetery, Tomb

    The Mount of Olives Jewish Cemetery has many legendary stories attached to its existence. One includes that the resurrection of the dead will begin once the Messiah arrives. The whole cemetery is a scattered ground of Tombs of people who were rather important in Jerusalem’s society and you will find many Rabbi’s, a Nobel Laureate and Prime minister buried here. The Mount of Olives I...Read more
  11. The Cenacle

    4.4 (19 Votes)
    The Cenacle

    Religious Site, Historical Site, Architecture

    The Cenacle is where Jesus had his last supper with his disciples and marks the event before his arrest and Crucifixion. The place has also been mentioned in the Bible many times including the place where the Jesus’s disciples’ feet were washed, Jesus’s appearances after his resurrection and the preparation of Passover meal. Highlights Include: The Gothic-styled architecture....Read more
  12. Tomb Of The Virgin Mary

    4.6 (10 Votes)
    Tomb Of The Virgin Mary

    Religious Site, Historical Site, Tomb

    Mother Mary was believed to have died a natural death and its was here where she was buried. However, after 3 days of her burial, the tomb was found empty with only her shroud left behind. This particular incident marks Mother Mary’s resurrection. Today, many people come here to pay their respects or offer prayers to the Mother of Jesus and it history dates back to as old as the 1sct cent...Read more
  13. Ammunition Hill Memorial And Museum

    Museum, History Museum, Memorial

    The ammunition hill was built during the 1930’s by the British was a storage facility for their ammunition. In 1948, the Arabs gained control of the Hill in the Arab-Israeli War. The bunker used during the war now accommodates a Museum and you can see just how this incident affected Israel’s history. 182 Olive trees were planted at the site as a tribute to the 182 Israeli soldiers w...Read more
  14. Armenian Quarter

    Church, Historical Site, Monastery

    The Armenian Quarter cover the south-west of the Old City of Jerusalem and is one of the four quarters bound within the city’s ancient walls. Armenians came to Jerusalem in the 4th century AD when they adopted Christianity and settled within its walls. The whole quarters are framed around the St. James Monastery. Highlights Include: Zion Gate St James Monastery (founded in the 4th centur...Read more
  15. Golden Gate

    4.7 (16 Votes)
    Golden Gate

    Historical Site

    One of the most intriguing gates in the old city of Jerusalem, the Golden Gate is one of the 4 sealed gates of the old city. The Jewish Scripture says that a Prophecy exists where the sealed Gate will Open when the Messiah arrives. During the 7th century, the gate was sealed by the Moslems to untrue the Prophecy. To add to the delay in the Prophecy, a cemetery was built right in front of the ga...Read more