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The Rough Guide to Jerusalem [Paperback]

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1 Oct 2009 Rough Guide to Jerusalem

The Rough Guide to Jerusalem is the ultimate travel guide with clear maps and detailed coverage of all the best attractions the holy city has to offer. Find practical advice on what to see and do in Jerusalem whilst relying on up-to-date descriptions of the best Jerusalem hotels, restuarants bars, cafés and shops from bare-bones budget to lap-of-luxury deluxe. The Rough Guide to Jerusalem gets under the skin of the city, with expert background on everything from Jerusalem's history to the political controversies surrounding it. The guide features a chapter on each of the Old City's four traditional quarters with explanations of all Jerusalem's holy sites, historical buildings and contentious hotspots. Travellers wanting to venture out into Israel or the West Bank will find a section on excursions including places with biblical resonance such as Bethlehem, Hebron, Jericho, the Dead Sea as well as Israel's brash and exciting commercial capital, Tel Aviv.

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  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Rough Guides; 2 edition (1 Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848361939
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848361935
  • Product Dimensions: 20.4 x 16.4 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 220,418 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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When to visit

Jerusalem can be pretty hot in summer, but not as hot as you might expect, while in winter it can be downright cold and often sees snow. The reason is the city's altitude - though located between the sunny Mediterranean and the scorching Judaean desert, it stands atop a limestone ridge at 780m above sea level, which makes it a good 3C lower in temperature than the coastal plain to its west. Jerusalem is sufficiently mild that the climate is not really a problem at any time of year, and visitors in any season would be well advised to carry at least a light sweater with them. In mid-summer it's dry rather than humid during the day, and pleasantly cool in the evenings. In winter, the city can be wet and cold; temperatures rarely drop below freezing however, and the days often enjoy some pleasantly crisp sunshine. In spring and autumn the evenings can be nippy, but if you want the best weather conditions, late spring or early autumn are the times to visit, between the winter rains and the summer heat.

A more important consideration is the number of other visitors you are likely to encounter, which depends very much on religious festivals. If your reasons for visiting Jerusalem aren't religious, you may well want to to avoid those times of year, since not only are the sights more crowded, but you will find accommodation full and hotel prices extra high.

For Christians, Easter is the prime time of year to be here, with all the sights relevant to Holy Week close at hand, and the time when you may feel it most significant to follow in the steps of Jesus along the Via Dolorosa, and celebrate the Resurrection in the city where it happened. Most of Jerusalem's Christian residents celebrate the Orthodox Easter, which has a rather different flavour to the Western Easter. Christmas is also a popular time to visit, with Bethlehem just down the road and Jerusalem an excellent base to visit from (accommodation in Bethlehem itself will need booking well in advance). From a Christian point of view, the true date of the millennium is December 25, 2000, as opposed to January 1, and those who want to celebrate the 2000th anniversary of the birth of Christ will aim to be here then.

If you are a practising Jew, then to celebrate Rosh HaShannah (the Jewish New Year, usually in September) at the Western Wall is, of course, something very special, but historically the three "foot festivals" of Passover (Pesah), Shavuot (Pentecost), or Succot (Tabernacles) were when the Israelites would come here on foot to worship together in the Temple, of which the Wall is held to be the last remnant. Passover (usually in March or April) is especially popular, as for centuries, Jews at the Passover feast (seder) have promised themselves that they would celebrate it "next year in Jerusalem", and for many the chance to do that is a dream come true. Strangely, even if celebrating seder here, you still say the phrase. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars jerusalem guide 26 April 2013
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I found it really helpful and thought it good value for money.I had a fabulous holiday in Israel and the guide came in very handy
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dont travel without it 24 April 2013
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Absolute must if you are travelling to Jerusalem very informative to have in a country where tourist information isnt readily available.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Rough Guide to Jerusalem 4 Mar 2013
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I found this guide a great help. Although I didn't use the full thing as I was on a guided holiday anyway but I found the background information on the complex history of the place well written. I also found the section on culture and religion well done.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 11 Dec 2012
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As always with rough guides. Factual and informative without too much history. I would have liked to have it included with Rough Guide to Israel as most travellors to go outside Jersusalem. I didn't feel staying 3 days on lake Galiliee warented me buying the guide to Israel.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent small guide 21 Jun 2013
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I was on a short trip and didn't want a 700-page guidebook. This is an excellent small guide, packed with detailed information on all the important sites. Some information is out of date (access to mosques on Temple Mount is no longer possible, and exit can now be made from any gate), but still very useful. The maps are also very good, except for one church being in the wrong place!
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