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Kardashian-Wests say shalom to Israel

Celebrity couple pays respects at Holy Sepulcher before jetting to Paris

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US reality TV star Kim Kardashian, her daughter North West and husband, rapper Kanye West, spent quality time in Jerusalem this week (photo credit: AFP/Ahmad Gharabli)
US reality TV star Kim Kardashian, her daughter North West and husband, rapper Kanye West, spent quality time in Jerusalem this week (photo credit: AFP/Ahmad Gharabli)

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West paid an early morning visit to Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulcher Tuesday.

The Crusader-era church, located deep in Jerusalem’s Old City, marks the spot of Jesus’s crucifixion, burial and resurrection — according to Orthodox traditions — and is an important stop for Christian pilgrims.

The normally-busy church was empty during the 5 a.m. visit. A photo on Kardashian’s Instagram account showed the couple kneeling together at the church.

It was Kimye’s — the portmanteau moniker for the celebrity couple — last stop in Jerusalem before jetting off to Paris.

Before arriving in Israel on Monday, the pair, their daughter, and Kardashian’s sister, Khloe, had spent eight days in Armenia, where the Kardashian sisters filmed episodes of their reality show.

West also performed part of an impromptu concert in Armenia’s Swan Lake. The concert was halted by local police after West jumped into a shallow section of the water.

West, a rapper, also offered to perform in Jerusalem on Monday night, the day they arrived in Israel.

Eilat Lieber, director of Jerusalem’s Tower of David Museum, said she was asked by the municipality’s youth division about hosting the rapper for an 11 p.m. concert.

“They called us at 6,” said Lieber. “We had all our staff come in immediately.”

The museum, which often hosts concerts and performances, could easily have obtained the necessary equipment for West’s last-minute performance, said Lieber. They also planned to open the concert to the adjacent space outside Jaffa Gate and Mamilla, in order to accommodate the expected crowds, she said.

But when West and his wife were eating dinner with Mayor Nir Barkat Monday evening, the singer decided against performing, saying he was too tired from traveling.

“He said it had been an emotional day,” reported Lieber.

West and Kardashian baptized their daughter, North, at the Armenian Cathedral on Monday afternoon, during a 90-minute visit to the church.

West reportedly told Barkat that he would prefer to come back to Jerusalem for a scheduled concert.

“We’ll be here when he’s ready,” said Lieber.

AP contributed to this report.

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