Holy Lands Image Credit: Latina
Holy Lands Image Credit: Latina

Visiting The Holy Lands

More than 3 million people go to Israel every year to visit the Sacred Shrines of The Bible and the Qur’an. No journey could be more distinctive, profound, and illuminating. 

Amanda Cargill


The epicenter of three world faiths—Judaism’s Western Wall, Islam’s Al Aqsa Mosque, and Christianity’s Via Dolorosa are all located here—Jerusalem’s religious and historical significance is not just visible, it’s palpable. Nowhere can this be more deeply felt than at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, believed to be the site of Jesus’ crucifixion, tomb, and resurrection. Traveler’s tip: Do not take photos of people praying, especially at the Western Wall and in mosques.

Digs: The King David Hotel, the top choice for visiting dignitaries and celebrities since it opened in 1931.

Eats: Machneyuda, where Israel’s Iron Chef Asaf Granit makes modern Israeli dishes in Jerusalem’s liveliest restaurant.


An ancient port city with a diverse population of Jews, Muslims, Christians, and Baha’is, Acre is an ideal destination for travelers seeking spiritual connection. A must-see is Al Jazzar Mosque, with its vivid-green dome and minaret, stunning mosaics, and skylights. The mosque broadcasts Adhan, the Muslim call to prayer, four to five times daily, and its song-like invitation can be heard throughout the Old City’s stone-paved alleys. (Be sure to remove your shoes before entering; women must dress conservatively.)

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