A holy site in Judaism, Islamand Christianity, Jerusalem represents so much for so many. For people of the Jewish faith, this is the city of David, the capital of the Israelite nation and biblical zion. Christians believe this is where the Last Supper and the crucifixion and the resurrection of Jesus took place. For Muslims, it’s where the Prophet Muhammad ascended to heaven.
Though millions of visitors come here to honor their personal religious beliefs, faiths converge at the Western Wall. A surviving remnant of a temple built by King Herod in 20 BCE, this is a place for silent prayer and reflections. Some write down their prayers and stuff them in the walls' cracks. The papers are eventually collected and, when buried, become “eternal.”
Just 30 minutes away from Jerusalem is another highly spiritual site, the Dead Sea (Fun fact: it’s actually a lake). With the lowest elevation on earth (1290 feet below sea level), the Dead Sea is 10 times saltier than regular seawater and contains minerals such as magnesium, potassium and calcium.
Its water is said to have healing powers capable of treating conditions such as skin rashes, arthritis and respiratory infections.