Tours from Jerusalem usually concentrate on Old Jerusalem within the Old City walls. However the Holy Land’s top destination also has a “New” City. If you look at a Jerusalem map you will see that the new, more recently built part of Jerusalem takes up a much larger area than the Old City. It follows that there is a lot to see in the New City of Jerusalem. Here are a few highlights of attractions in new Jerusalem, outside of the Old City walls.
Yad VaShem Holocaust Museum
This world-class museum is spread over a large complex on Mount Herzl. The museum holds thousands of authentic Holocaust artifacts, historic documents, photographs and filmed testimonials by Holocaust survivors. On the grounds are memorials honoring the children who lost their lives in the Holocaust. There is also a part of the complex dedicated to gentiles who helped save Jewish lives during the Holocaust.
In a small chapel (Abbell Synagogue) in the Hadassah University Medical Center there are twelve stained glass windows designed by Marc Chagall. Chagall gifted the windows to the Jewish people in the 1960s. The twelve stained glass windows were inspired by the Bible and particularly Jacob’s blessings to his 12 sons. The images in the stained glass depict scenes from Jewish history, Chagall’s love for the Jewish people and the artist’s own personal experiences living in a Russian shtetl.
The Israeli parliament or Knesset is situated in the Givat Ram neighborhood of western Jerusalem. The present building was completed in 1966 and it is possible to arrange tours of the building or view it from the outside. Highlights of the Knesset tour include seeing the original copy of the Declaration of Independence. You will see the Knesset Committee Rooms, the Chagall Hall featuring art by Marc Chagall and the Plenary Chamber. There are 12 stunning floor mosaics and three tapestries by Chagall. The one hour tours are held daily with a focus on photography and art ; architecture and the parliamentary function of the Knesset.
Machane Yehuda Market
At the bustling Jerusalem market you can get everything plus the kitchen sink! The market offers stalls of fresh fruit and vegetables, household items, freshly baked goods, spices, nuts, pickles, arts and crafts. In addition the market is home to several renowned eateries. There are cooking and tasting tours of the market or you can explore independently.
Israel’s national museum houses extensive collections covering a wide range of fields. Specifically the museum archaeology and art collections as well as the collection of Jewish cultural items and art are outstanding. The vast museum complex includes a children’s wing, sculpture garden, a scale model of Second Temple era Jerusalem and the Shrine of the Book. The white dome-shaped Shrine of the Book houses the Dead Sea Scrolls.