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I felt very safe travelling alone in Israel and followed the security rules given by the swedish embassy and also my local friends. I went to Jerusalem to visit all the places we have heard of and seen in the news. I went by bus from Tel Aviv and in Jerusalem took a taxi to the old city of Jerusalem. I was recommended not to take the tram nor bus as there was recently two stabbings on two jewish men in the new tram. Please go early because in the morning it is nice to walk almost alone here.

The old town is divided in Christian, Jewsih, Orthodox and Arabic area. The arabic area was closed for visitors and the guards could not tell for how long, but I got to see the other areas. The old city is filled with markets, religious places, restaurants ecc. It is a perfect vision how a world could live in peace side by side with different religions, but unfortunately that is not the case.

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The most famous wall in the world, The Western Wall, also called the Wailing Wall. It is an amazing feeling having my own hand touching so much history.  Women and men are of course divided here (every religion is good dividing people), but it was an experience to see so devoted people.

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In the Christian area you can visit the place where they say Jesus is buried. It is inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre

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From the David Tower by the Jaffa Gate you get an amazing view over the Old Town and also the modern part of Jerusalem, all the way over to the Mount of Olives. A strange thing I saw from there was the swedish flag at the Swedish Christian Study Center.IMG_3018IMG_3038IMG_303720151113_114258IMG_3039