I spent a long weekend in Jerusalem in July 2009. It would only be a couple of hours drive from Amman with no borders but with the bloody-mindedness of the Israeli border guards to contend with means that the journey usually takes about six. It took me 5 hours to get there and 8 to get back. However, once there, there were no problems. A bit shocking seeing spotty faced youths carrying machine guns but apart from that security seemed very light. Anyway, enough of politics, I was here to see the architectural gems and ancient history of one of the most fascinating cities on the planet.
"The view" that everyone expects: Jerusalem (Al Quds to Arabic speakers) from the Mount of Olives
view from the other side - from the citadel over the city
The Dome of the Rock. Built in 691 it is the oldest standing Islamic building in the world built over the rock where Mohamed ascended to heaven. It also just happens to be built on the holiest site in Judaism. Jews have traditionally regarded the location of the rock as the holiest spot on Earth, the site of the Holy of Holies when it was Herod's temple.