Jerusalem is a city in Western Asia. Situated on a plateau in the Judaean Mountains between the Mediterranean and the Dead Sea, it is one of the oldest cities in the world and is considered to be a holy city for the three major Abrahamic religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Israelis and Palestinians claim Jerusalem as their capital, as Israel maintains its primary governmental institutions there, and the State of Palestine ultimately foresees it as its seat of power. Because of this dispute, neither claim is widely recognized internationally. Throughout its history, Jerusalem has been destroyed at least twice, besieged 23 times, captured and recaptured 44 times, and attacked 52 times.
Mount of the Olives, so named for the olive groves that once dotted its slopes, is East Jerusalem’s most prominent point, towering over eight hundred meters above sea level. This holy site is associated with Islam, Judaism, and Christianity and has been used as a place of prayer and burial since the days of the First Temple.
And a great sunset too!