• Jerusalem Marathon has been scheduled for the 16th of March, 2012
    Jerusalem Marathon has been scheduled for the 16th of March, 2012 © Horst Milde
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Breathtaking Jerusalem Marathon March 16th, 2012

On 25.3.2011 the vision became a reality and Jerusalem joined the list of leading international cities that host a full marathon, drawing thousands of runners and dozens of thousands of spectators. More than 10,000 runners, including 1000 runners from 40 different countries around the globe, took part in the first international marathon held in Israel's capital.

The marathon was declared a great success, with amazing weather and a unique atmosphere embodying true history. There are few cities in the world that can incorporate breathtaking, inspirational views like the magnificent scenes and sites that Jerusalem offers, into a marathon track; views that were admired and enjoyed by runners during the race.

I myself am a sports and running fan and previously completed five marathons in different cities around the world. As part of the Jerusalem International Marathon I ran the half marathon and based on my experience I can wholeheartedly say with extreme confidence that Jerusalem lived up to the highest international standards.

The Jerusalem Marathon is about to become an annual tradition that will expand and accelerate from year to year. The second Jerusalem Marathon has been scheduled for the 16th of March, 2012 and I hope to see you visiting Jerusalem before the marathon.

I have no doubt you will enjoying visiting one of the city's historical sites, some of the world's most beautiful and unique sites, in a city surrounded by fresh mountain air. You can also choose to visit some of the city's famous holy sites and selection of cultural events.

See you on the track,

Nir Barkat

Mayor of Jerusalem

Discovering Jerusalem

Welcome to one of the most famous and beautiful cities in the world.

It hard to include all that Jerusalem has to offer, but we will do our best to bring to you the most up-to-date information about the most interesting place – some of which are thousands of years old, and some of which are completely new.

Touring Jerusalem is like travelling through time. During your visit, you can follow in footsteps of the Bible in the morning, visiting places where our forefathers walked thousands of years ago, and in the evening, you can eat at some of the best restaurants in the country and enjoy live Jazz concerts.

That is beauty of Jerusalem; an amazing combination of the old and the new side by side and which give this city is special atmosphere unique to it.

For those of you interested inn Jerusalem’s religious character, you will find in the city sites that are identified with it and which every visitor must see, sites with a youthful aura and avant-garde culture, children-friendly sites, and sites that should not be missed, and of course sites with easy access for the handicapped. During your visit to Jerusalem, as part of the Jerusalem International Marathon, we that you will visit this amazing city.

This is the time to discover Jerusalem.


When people from across the world think about historic places, Jerusalem is definitely one of the first, if the not first, that comes to mind. Thanks to a history that goes back more than 5,000 years, Jerusalem is one of the oldest cities in the world. Over the past 3,000 years, Jerusalem has been conquered, destroyed, reconquered, and put under siege time and again.

So why is this city so important to the world?
Because of years, it has been considered as the center of the world, and so it appears on ancient maps, and out of the city emerged the world’s great monotheistic religious, which still shape the contemporary world.