Emblem of Jerusalem
The emblem of Jerusalem incorporates a lion, symbolizing one of Jerusalem's names, Ariel - Lion of God, and olive branches, symbolizing peace. Basic Law: Jerusalem, Capital of Israel
Jerusalem is the seat of the President of the State, the Knesset, the Government and the Supreme Court. Protection of Holy Places. Jerusalem - The Holy City to Three Religions Western Wall - The venerated remnant of the Second Temple (destroyed by the Romans in 70 CE). It is Judaism's most revered site, representing its link with the past and its hope for the future. Church of the Holy Sepulchre - The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, built at the beginning of the Byzantine era, contains the last five Stations of the Cross and serves as a focal point for Christian pilgrimage. Dome of the Rock - The Dome of the Rock: one of the oldest and most beautiful examples of Muslim architecture, a shrine built in the 7th century by the Umayyad Khalif Abed el-Malik, on the site of the destroyed Jewish Temple Al-Aqsa Mosque - Al-Aqsa Mosque, third holiest site for Muslims (after Mecca and Medina). Also built in the 7th century, it serves today as a center of prayer for Muslims. The Church of all Nations - The Church of all Nations, adjoining the Garden of Gethsemane at the foot of the Mount of Olives, built in the early 20th century over the site of a Byzantine chapel. Heichal Shlomo - Heichal Shlomo, housing the seat of Israel's Chief Rabbinate, rabbinical courts, a library and a museum of religious items. The building, completed in 1958 and funded by Sir Isaac Wolfson in honor of his father Shlomo, bears the quote "and they shall judge the nation justly."(Deuteronomy 16:18). Givat Ram Synagogue - Givat Ram Synagogue - an unusual architectural shape serves a time-honored purpose on the Givat Ram Hebrew University Campus. The Great Synagogue - A stained glass window in the Great Synagogue in Jerusalem, providing both traditional motifs and bright colors.
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Jerusalem, Capital of Israel
In 1949, Israel designated West Jerusalem as its capital.
Jerusalem, the capital of Israel, is located in the heart of the country, nestled among the Judean Hills. The city ancient stones, imbued with millennia of history, and its numerous historical sites, shrines and places of worship attest to its
meaning for Jews, Christians and Muslims. The Knesset The Knesset year (or annual sitting) is Israel's parliament divided into two sessions - the Winter Session, which opens after the summer recess at the end of the High Holidays, and the Summer Session, which opens after the Passover recess. Every Knesset can have as many as five annual sittings, where each such sitting usually opens at the beginning of the Winter Session and closes at the end of the Summer Session.