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Jerusalem is a true mosaic of history, religions, cultures, and food. In this city of many identities, you can spend the morning seeing some of the oldest sites in the world and then browse luxury European brands at modern stores. Base yourself at one of many 5-star hotels in Jerusalem, Israel to end your day of sightseeing in luxury.
Scholars date the early settlement of Jerusalem to about 6,000 years ago. Over time it has risen, fallen, and been the site of numerous holy wars. The Ottomans ruled Jerusalem for nearly 400 years before World War I, when the British conquered the city. British rule ended in 1948, and war split the country into two until Israel launched a campaign in 1967 to gain control of the entire city.
The best way to see Jerusalem and its sites is to hire a private guide. There are a variety of options, and the local guide will let you customize your trip to see the city without navigation worries. The Old City is easily walkable, and there is public transportation available to reach outside the city; remember to check for interruptions during religious holidays, though. 5-star hotels in Jerusalem may offer extra navigation services to aid their guests.
A trip to Jerusalem is not complete without a visit to the holy sites — The Temple Mount, Western Wall, and Church of the Holy Sepulchre, among many others. Outside of these sites, you can walk around the Old City and take in the atmosphere of one of the most historic settlements in the world. For a view of the new, hip Jerusalem, head to the pedestrian-only Bezalel Street, near the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The cobblestone street is lined with tiny, designer shop owned by Israeli clothing and jewelry designers. It's a perfect place for a shopping spree, especially considering you were able to find 5-star hotels in Jerusalem for cheap. In fact, you can use the Travelocity app to find hotels in Jerusalem no matter where you are. Don't miss out!