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Journey to the extraordinary. If you're drawn to the mysterious or the divine, check out these awe-inspiring sacred sites and ancient wonders.

Located in the Judean Mountains, between the Mediterranean Sea and the northern tip of the Dead Sea, Jerusalem has a history that goes back to the 4th millennium BCE, making it one of the oldest cities in the world.

Jerusalem is considered holy to Judaism, Christianity and Islam -- making it sacred to more than a third of the world's population. Key religious sites include the Temple Mount, the Western Wall, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Dome of the Rock and the al-Aqsa Mosque. The old walled city, a World Heritage site, has been traditionally divided into four quarters, although the names used today -- the Armenian, Christian, Jewish, and Muslim Quarters -- were introduced in the early 19th century.

But Jerusalem's appeal is certainly not limited to religious travellers. With its rich history, archeological treasures, museums and concerts, Jerusalem is a popular destination for religious and non-religious travellers alike.

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