The city of Jerusalem is the subject of adulation, divine inspiration and heated controversy, but its history is as long as it is complex. Considered to be a holy site by Jews, Muslims and Christians alike, the city is thousands of years old and in that time has survived world wars and natural disasters.
Simon Sebag Montefiore is a historian and best-selling author. He has written several books on a wide range of topics, such as Stalin, the Romanovs and the speeches that changed the world. His worldwide best-seller, "Jerusalem: The Biography" (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2014), covers the full history of this fascinating city.
Montefiore spoke with Live Science's sister publication, All About History, about the history of Jerusalem and how it became the "center of the world."
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