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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Nat'l Geographic Vid
  • DVD Release Date: February 27, 2007
  • Run Time: 52 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000KJU1EQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,780 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Secrets of Jerusalem's Holiest Sites takes us on a journey into one of the most sacred places on Earth dating back to biblical times. It is the most hotly contested piece of real estate on the planet and its name alone is enough to spark riots across the Middle East. Known as the Temple Mount to Jews and Christians and as the Noble Sanctuary to Muslims, it is so sacred to all three religions that followers willingly die for it.

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3.8 out of 5 stars

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86 of 88 people found the following review helpful By Deepak K. Singh on September 29, 2007
Format: DVD
There's a saying: "If you need water, you build an aqueduct. If you are looking for God, you come to Jerusalem." Jerusalem means "City of Peace." But as a focal point of three major world religions, and home to some of those faiths' holiest sites, Jerusalem has witnessed 3,000 years of bloody conflict, intrigue and passion.

This compelling documentary from National Geographic, with exclusive access, intimately explores locales held sacred by Jews, Christians and Muslims throughout the centuries. The documentary unveils some of the rare onsite footage of the Holy sites of all the three monotheistic faiths - Judaism, Christianity and Islam. From footage filmed inside the magnificent Dome of the Rock to the vast underground expanse of Solomon's Stables to the traditional sites of Jesus Christ's death and resurrection, it's a spellbinding journey into this ancient, multilayered urban landscape of war, worship and timeless wonder. As a special feature, a useful and Interactive Timeline of Jerusalem along with narration is also provided.

The documentary takes you inside the beautiful Dome of the Rock adorned with Islamic art. It is an Islamic prayer house in what Muslims call Al-Aqsa Mosque, or the Noble Sanctuary (al-Haram al-Qudsi al-Sharif in Arabic; Jews and Christians call it the Temple Mount). Built in between 687 and 691 by the 9th Caliph, Abd al-Malik, it is the oldest extant Islamic building in the world and remains one of the best known landmarks of Jerusalem. The rock in the center of the dome is the spot from which the Muslims believe Muhammad ascended for a night-long journey to Heaven in AD 621, accompanied by the angel Gabriel. In Judaism, the stone is the site where Abraham fulfilled God's test to see if he would be willing to sacrifice his son Isaac.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Donald Fletcher on February 26, 2011
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This documentary looks at Jerusalem's holy sites from a surprisingly personal perspective, which can be a good or bad thing, depending on what you prefer. Largely, it takes the form of exploring Jerusalem through the eyes of a Muslim family, a Jewish family, and a Christian monk. Because of this, there is a fair bit of personal histories of these individuals included in the documentary, which is interesting, if not wholly relevant to the subject at hand. Credit must be given to the approach, however, since this close perspective does help underscore how the history of these sites in the past has affected the lives of those living around Jerusalem today. Hence, you're getting a lesson in culture and politics, as well as history. As stated before, this can be good or bad, depending on your personal taste.
Regardless, Jerusalem's Holiest Sites is highly informative, and does a very good job explaining the history of these sites and the conflict surrounding them. It's more than just a virtual tour - it takes you back through time and religion, and goes far to help the viewer understand the significance of each of the sites mentioned, most particularly the Temple Mount. I recommend this to anyone interested in religion, culture, history, religious architecture, or even simply for curiosity.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Rean Al Happiness on February 17, 2012
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The documentary is stale and more of a human interest story for modern times than about the "Holiest Sites." It follows three families from a Christian, Jewish and Muslim background, but spends a good deal more time following the families around than highlighting the sites for which the city is famous. Also, I get a sense that several of the scholars are fringe and nuttier than most. The title should have been, "Three worlds collide: Jerusalem" or something like that - it's simply NOT about the Holiest sites.

My suspicions were confirmed after watching the PBS documentary which has outstanding footage, detailed history, and states the events more matter-of-fact, avoiding political controversy.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Brent W. Hunter on September 10, 2008
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This is an excellent DVD that I have shown to my 9th Grade World Geography class. I highly recommend it for educational purposes.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 18, 2011
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The impression I received from the title was that this film was going to be about the architecture of Jerusalem's holy sites or largely undiscussed history therein. This instead became largely based upon Jerusalem from three points of view, once from each major religion in Jerusalem. The idea is that the viewer should get a better understanding the sites themselves by having the sites presented by those who revere them the most.

This works best for the case of the Catholic priest who is located at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. He is an engrossing character presenting an extraordinary historical and religious site. The Muslim family starts to bring a political twist, since they have been separated by the violence in the area. Certainly political differences and violence characterize the area, and these struggles center around the holy buildings. But, the Muslim family's and a Muslim restoration official's complaints are largely left without a Jewish rebuttal in the film which creates a lopsided axis to the film. The section on the Dome of the Rock, which the family visits, is very interesting, and the shots of the inside are presented well. The Jewish police officer seems like a interesting character for this exploration, but his whole purpose in the film was a drawn out visit to the Wailing Wall with little, as before-mentioned, emotional story.

I like the footage of the architecture. The political and religious overtones mixed into the film are necessary considering the nature of the city, but the Jewish footage was not as strong as the other sections.
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