Jerusalem – From 3000 BC to Today

Published on February 07, 2017 by IBMT

Jerusalem is a magical city, deemed by many religions, the spiritual center of the world. Originally built by King David in 1004 BCE, Jerusalem is important to Jews, Christians, and Muslims. It is home to some of the religions holiest sites. The Temple Mount is important to all three religious groups, and is one of many unique historical attractions of Israel.

The Old City in Jerusalem is home to many of these historic sites. The tomb of Jerusalem’s first leader, King David, lies on Mount Zion and is visited everyday by tourists and citizens; also on Mount Zion is the historic room of the Last Supper. The Tower of David, a major attraction and host of an incredible light performance, was built in 24 BC by King Herod to protect his palace. The Church of the Holy Sepulchre is considered one of Christianity’s most sacred spots, is also around till this day, allowing tourists to stand in the spot where Jesus was crucified, buried, and resurrected. The Old City of Jerusalem’s walls, date back to the Ottoman period and still remain, offering you entrance into the historical masterpieces they enclose.

The Temple Mount is of particular significance; it is where Abraham sacrificed Yitzchak to God and where Muhammed ascended to heaven. The Western Wall of the Temple, which surrounds the Temple Mount plaza and is commonly called the Kotel, survives from Jerusalem’s Second Temple, and is thought to have been built by Herod in 19 BCE. You can see the inside of the Temple Mount by taking a tour through the Western Wall tunnels, a journey into the past, where you are sure to see evidence of the legends you have been told. The Kotel is where Jews come to observe history, pray, and bring notes of wishes and gratitude to God.

History can be found as well in the Davidson Center, a center of the Umayyad palace in Jerusalem which keeps various artifacts from the Second Temple Period. Even where authentic historical artifacts are not available, the New City of Jerusalem is rich with museums — from Yad Vashem, the world-renowned Holocaust memorial, to the Israel Museum. A cultural museum of Israel’s history that houses the original Dead Sea Scrolls, Jerusalem can always be relied on to tell a story.

Clearly, Jerusalem is packed with must-see sites of history and adventure. But the best part of a trip to Jerusalem is that you don’t have to worry about organizing and planning alone — IBMT Tours is here to do all the work for you! IBMT representative visit all destinations annually to ensure top quality. You don’t have to lift a finger in the planning or organizing process. An IBMT trip is truly the trip of a lifetime, and Jerusalem is a destination you do not want to miss. If you have additional questions or would like to sign up for a trip, you can contact us by phone at 1(877) 977-4268 or send us an email

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We just returned from Israel on an IBMT Bar Mitzvah Tour for our three grandsons.  We had enough family members to warrant our own bus.  After checking out many tour companies we went with IBMT and all of us were glad we did.  The hotels were fabulous and the rooms allotted even more so.  From the INBAL in Jerusalem, KFAR BLUM in the Galilee, the SHERATON in Tel Aviv, to the ROYAL BEACH in Eilat we couldn’t have asked for more.  Our meals were equally excellent.  Beginning with a welcome reception ...

Mrs. Hiala & Dr. Charles Balaban, Toronto

We recently returned from a IBMT Tour for our son’s Bar Mitzvah and we all agree that it was the best vacation that we have taken to date.  The tour was well organized and the staff were friendly and very knowledgeable.  The events that they include in the tour include everything “must see” in Israel and activities that will make you laugh, cry, and everything in between.  The tour allows for activities for all ages and accommodates anyone who wants to do more or less than they have planned.  It is ...

Michael Rodney, Toronto, Canada

To Ornan and  IBMT Tours staff,

We just got back from tour with IBMT for our Bat Mitzvah Tour in Israel.

We are so glad we have chosen the right company for our tour as I can’t express my words of how wonderful this tour company was, starting before we left, the personal service they showed here back home and later the service in Israel with our great tour guide Natalie who was so informative on every place we went and what we saw. It was so wonderful to listen to a ...

Chana Pulvermacher, Brooklyn, NY - 2017

Dear Sheryl,

The visit to Israel was better than advertised. All of us had an awesome and inspiring vacation or as I call it, an education. Danny is one of the nicest and smartest men I have had the pleasure of meeting. He made the trip so special and I cannot imagine any other person showing us Israel but Danny.

Hotels were great but for Eilat, but no big deal. Food in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv restaurants were delicious. Sheila in Tel Aviv was extraordinary. Dinners at hotels just “so so”. Loved Mitzpe ...

Craig Savage,


Thank you very much for the IBMT Bat Mitzvah tour we just completed.  We had a fabulous time & there were lots of special little parts from the tour that contributed to that.  The different experiences for dinner were very special, and I liked the variety of different types of sites/attractions.  Our tour guide Natalie was excellent, and I heard good things from the other group about their guide Liat.

Thanks again

Adam Waese, OSHAWA, ONT

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Sara / Ornan,

I had a fabulous time on this tour and highly recommend it to anyone interested.  We had an especially knowledgeable guide with us Doron Hoffman who as a history major added so much more information and had a great demeanor.  I was part of an international group and made some new friends.   




Janie Carpenter, US Embassy Moscow

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