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Jerusalem: 30 minutes by train

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Thirty minutes now separate Jaffa from Jerusalem. It took four hours when the railway was built in 1892 about the same time it took for a carriage in 1869.

A fast train takes you from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in half an hour. The holy city at the crossroads of cultures and religions, Jerusalem is, obviously, well worth a visit. The famous Dome of the Rock shows where Mohammed ascended to heaven, while the Church of the Holy Sepulchre marks, for Christians, the site of Golgotha, where Jesus was crucified.

The nearby Western Wall is one of the most sacred monuments of the Jewish religion. Stroll through the Garden of Gethsemane, populated by ancient olive trees, and then climb the Mount of Olives in the morning to discover stunning views of the city and the remains of the ancient City of David.

The Israel Museum has fascinating artefacts, including the famous Dead Sea Scrolls. Further afield, the Yad Vashem Holocaust History Museum offers a poignant and educational insight into one of the greatest tragedies of the 20th century.

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