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Seeking a capital from which to rule a united kingdom, David saw that Jerusalem—because of its position and strength—would be ideal. He conquered it. His son and successor Solomon built the Temple here. As a result, Jerusalem became the center of Jewish pilgrimage. Around 30 AD, Jesus arrived as a pilgrim, and because of what he suffered, the city became a center for Christian pilgrimage too. Centuries later, the site of the Temple was identified as the place from which Muhammad had ascended to heaven, and so the city became a pilgrimage goal for Muslims as well. Today, therefore, Jerusalem is sacred to all three major monotheistic faiths.

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