9 things you probably didn't know about Jerusalem

The city has more than 1,500 parks and green gardens, each year hosting a festival of lights.

Organize the annual light festival

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The city appears strange, bright by the light every summer during the festival of lights. Hundreds of thousands of visitors walk through the illuminated streets, admiring the performances and artworks of many artists from around the world. (Photo: Fromthegrapevine / Noam Chen).

Ancient city with stone walls surrounded

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The ancient city is protected by high walls built from ancient times. The wall is about 4 km long, 12 m high, and 2.5 m thick. There are 34 watchtowers along the walls of the old town of Jerusalem and seven gates for vehicular traffic. Visitors and residents can enter the city through one of the seven gates. Besides, this place has a very recognizable appearance thanks to the regulation requiring all buildings to be built of stone. (Image: Wikimedia Commons / Omerma).

There are more than 1,500 parks and public gardens

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This is the ideal destination for nature lovers. The city has a diverse nature, from the forests to the gentle hills. There is a huge collection of over 10,000 plants in the Botanical Garden and many other green spaces. Among the wild 'residents' of the city are the antelope and the fox. The city's main park, the Gazelle Valley, is the ideal home for wildlife. There are many observatories for visitors to see the animals and plants in the park. (Photo: Fromthegrapevine / Alex Geifman).

The holy place of all 3 religions

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Including Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Jerusalem has one of the holiest temples of Islam. For Jews, these are long-standing desires, evidence of prehistoric splendor and independence, and a place where the "awakened" nation developed. The city has more than 50 Catholic churches, 33 mosques and 300 synagogues in the city. The religions coexist and visitors can find religious places throughout the city such as the Holy Sepulcher Church, the Temple of the Rock, the Al-Aqsa Mosque, The Wailing Wall . (Image: Wikimedia Commons / Omerma).

There are 19 movie rooms in a building

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City Cinema is the ideal place for movie lovers. These screens are in an 8-storey business center and guests can find all kinds of movies. Love-themed movie theaters use double seats, children's movie theaters decorated with favorite cartoon characters. One of the most interesting features here is that visitors can participate in the selection of movies played in theaters. (Photo: Figueras).

Technology Center

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Despite its many ancient features, it is at the forefront of modern technologies, having been compared to technology cities such as Stockholm, Santa Monica and Buenos Aires. The universities here specialize in training young entrepreneurs and inspiring entrepreneurs. (Image: Wikimedia Commons / Petdad).

Attractive in the eyes of tourists

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Tourism contributes a large part to the economy. It is one of the main sources of income for the city, with at least 3.5 million tourists each year. Jerusalem attracts visitors by its blend of tradition, religion, history, culture and modern heritage. Tourists also flock to the food court to enjoy the famous hummus (chickpea sauce) and other local dishes. Even every step through the market is enough to make visitors admire. Mahane Yehuda Market is a bustling area with fresh produce, jewelry, clothing and decorations. (Image: Wikimedia Commons / Deror avi).

The oldest cemetery in the world

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Mount Olive is the oldest used cemetery in the world, from about 1500 BC to the present. Some of the greatest Jewish leaders, prophets, and clergy have been buried on Mount Olive. It is the largest and most important Jewish cemetery in the world, with more than 150,000 Jewish graves. (Image: Wikimedia Commons / Nemo bis).

Capital of works of art

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The flow of creativity and art envelops the city. There are many galleries and works of art arranged on the street. Throughout the year, various festivals are held from crafts, performing arts, craft beer . In addition, there are dozens of museums and outdoor exhibits to explore. Museum of Israel - the most prestigious museum in the country displaying art and archeological works. Some of the other museums are more interactive, like the Bloomfield Science Museum, which encourages visitors to explore the experiments. (Photo: Bible Lands Museum). Jerusalem, one of the oldest cities in the world, is a witness to history with many times destroyed, then rebuilt, for thousands of years. This is also a sacred land possessing many world famous relics such as the Holy Seplucher church, Olive mountain peak,the wall of mourning .

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