10 Great Websites About Jerusalem

Jerusalem Day is an Israeli national holiday commemorating the 1967 reunification of the city of Jerusalem. Below are ten websites which focus on Jerusalem Day. Some of them tell the history of what happened, others provide documents, pictures, and other information.

Jerusalem was divided in the 1948 War of Independence and nineteen years later was reunited as a result of the Six-Day War.

The battle of Jerusalem began on the morning of June 5, 1967 and on June 7th the General Staff issued the order to liberate the "Old City". The Central Command activated the paratroop brigade that had conquered the Mount of Olives and the Mount Scopus ridge. These troops broke through to the "Old City" by way of the "Lions' Gate" and hoisted the Israeli flag over the "Western Wall" (the retaining wall of the Second Temple).

Following the Six-Day War victory, on June 27, 1967, the Government presented the Knesset with three law proposals. These proposals determined the effective unification of Jerusalem and sanctioned the application of Israeli law in the entire area of the unified city. The municipal boundaries of the city were altered and its area was increased threefold: from 38,100 dunams (9,415 acres) to 110,000 dunams (27,182 acres). At the same time a law was adopted that enabled free access to the holy places by the members of every religion. In 1980, the Basic Law: Jerusalem was adopted. This law determined that Jerusalem was the capital of Israel and the location of all state authorities.

  1. Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs Jerusalem Site This government Web site provides information on the capital of Israel, covering its history, archeology, architecture, and the modern city. It also includes several pages with pictures examining the spirit of Jerusalem, old maps, archaeological treasures and sites.

  2. The Official Web Site of the Municipality of Jerusalem This site is administered by the City of Jerusalem. It provides all types of information, such as addresses, telephone numbers, City administration information, and events. It's set-up for the citizens of the city, which make it interesting to see the day-to-day activities of the municipality.

  3. The Kotel: Western Wall Old City Jerusalem This is a virtual, 3D view of the Western Wall. You can control the camera up, down, right, left, zoom in, zoom out. There are also links to virtual views of the Tower of David, Jaffa Gate, the Kotel Tunnel, the Jerusalem Cardo, Supreme Court, and Mahaneh Yehuda Market.

  4. Jerusalem of Gold (the song and its background) This site is all about the song, Jerusalem of Gold, written by Naomi Shemer. It provides the background to how it was written and the history of it over the years. Very interesting!

  5. Pictures of Jerusalem Discover Jerusalem with panorama photos from Jerusalem viewpoints, 360 photos inside Jerusalem sites; still photos of Jerusalem, complete with info.

  6. The Liberation of the Temple Mount and Western Wall (June 1967) The background, overview, and day-by-day actions in and around Jerusalem during the Six Day War. Includes the transcript (in English) of the radio announcement of the liberation of the City.

  7. Ingeborg Rennert Center for Jerusalem Studies An online course covering "Life through the Ages in a Holy City".

  8. The Temple Mount in Jerusalem This site takes a look at where were the First and Second Jewish Temples were located. Very comprehensive.

  9. Jerusalem and Its Reunification in 1967 Historical information about the city of Jerusalem over the centuries, as well as details since 1948 and 1967.

  10. The History of Plumbing in Jerusalem Yep, that's what it says. This article takes an in-depth look at the plumbing system in the city of Jerusalem over the centuries. Very interesting!

[ Lee Underwood ]