Jerusalem: The Holy City: A Collection of 8 Coins
Jerusalem means "city of peace," but during its long existence, this ancient city has rarely lived up to its name. . It was been destroyed at least twice, besieged 23 times, attacked 52 times, and captured and recaptured 44 times.
The Hebrews, Persians, Macedonians, Maccabees, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Seljuks, Franks, Ayyubids, Mamluks, Ottomans, British, and Israelis have all claimed dominion over Jerusalem at various points in its long and storied history.
Originally settled some six thousand years ago, Jerusalem was established as the capital of the Kingdom of Israel by King David circa 1002 BCE, according to Biblical tradition.
Jerusalem is considered sacred ground by the three major Abrahamic religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Despite having an area of 0.9 square kilometers, Jerusalem's Old City is home to some of the most important religious sites on earth: the Temple Mount and its Western Wall, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Dome of the Rock, and the al-Aqsa Mosque.