A Guide to Israel
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Jerusalem. In the wake of the crusaders

In 1099, the crusaders participating in the First Crusade attacked Jerusalem and began settling in the Holy Land for, as they thought, a long time. The monuments of the Crusades era number about 75 fortifications, castles, forts and other structures located on the territory of several modern states such as Israel, Lebanon, Syria and Jordan. However, if we consider religious and residential buildings (or rather their remains), the total number of objects will reach several hundred. Obviously, seeing such a considerable number of landmarks requires more than one week.

However, it is possible to get acquainted with the traces left by the Knights of the Cross in the Holy Land confining to Jerusalem and its suburbs. The territory of the Kingdom of Jerusalem and the Lordship of Oultrejordain has preserved numerous evidence of the European knights’ activities. First of all, these are temples and monasteries built in places of revered Christian shrines, as well as objects of dual purpose such as St. Samuel’s Abbey, which was a fortress, the Chapel of the Ascension, which at the same time was an observation post, and a number of other landmarks.

This route is designed for one day and involves visiting ten attractions within the Holy City and its suburbs. This trip offers a look on the famous tourist and pilgrimage places at a slightly different angle. The Citadel at the Jaffa Gate is the former residence of the Jerusalem Kings, the Temple Mount is the residence of the Knights of the Temple located here almost a thousand years ago and so on. A lot of religious buildings of the Crusader era have preserved recognizable features of the European architecture of the 11th-12th centuries. Some of them have survived to the present day in the form of ruins or parts of newer buildings, others, being carefully cared by many generations, have been perfectly preserved almost in its original form as, for instance, The Church of Saint Anne.