Jerusalem is Israel’s eternal capital. There is no doubt about it. On every Israel tour I lead, Jerusalem is the last city we visit. We keep the best experiences to last! Nothing can beat seeing and encountering this remarkable city first hand.
There is always plenty to see in Jerusalem. While standing on the Mt. of Olives and looking across the Kidron Valley to the Old City and the Temple Mount provides the optimal view, there are many other sites to see. To name a few, this includes the Pools of Bethesda, Church of the Holy Sepulcher, David’s citadel, the City of David, Hezekiah’s Tunnel, the Siloam Pool, the south-wall excavations (of the Temple), and the Western Wall.
But it is always special on every tour to enter Jerusalem for the first time. Whether approaching Jerusalem from the east (ascending from Jericho and the Jordan Valley) or the west (ascending from Tel Aviv and the coastal region), we play the classic song. It’s called The Holy City. It’s a moving and emotional song, one that usually inspires a chorus of voices from folks in the bus joining in on the chorus. The song often sparks tears of joy. It really is an indescribable experience!
I found this marvelous rendition of the song. It is sung by baritone singer Standford Olsen who sings “The Holy City” with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.