Jerusalem has made the cut on Time magazine’s latest travel bucket list, coming in as the 10th-best world city to visit.
The website categorizes the Israeli capital as one of the most “energetic, diverse destinations” on the planet, among a select group of cities “intent on preserving local heritage, revitalizing undervalued neighborhoods” and possessing “distinct personalities.”
Despite the fact that “Jerusalem, the controversial capital of Israel, is at the crux of an ancient and ongoing conflict,” Time says the ancient city has “new upmarket appeal” thanks to its new luxury apartments and high-end eateries.
Among the 4,000-year-old city’s highlights mentioned in the listicle are the Western Wall, excavations near the Temple Mount, the Old City’s Austrian Hospice (for its view of the Dome of the Rock, but, oddly, not for its coffee or its apple strudel).
Jerusalem came in at No. 10 behind Cape Town, South Africa; Barcelona, Spain; Krakow, Poland; Bangkok, Thailand; Rome and Florence, Italy; Siem Reap, Cambodia; Charleston, South Carolina; and Kyoto, Japan.