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Jerusalem is a religious city-state in Civilization VI.


Jerusalem's bonuses mostly aid in the spreading of religion. Its Suzerain bonus is useless to Mvemba a Nzinga in the expansions, since he cannot build Holy Sites.

If you are conducting Holy Wars, Jerusalem's Suzerain bonus will turn your religious units into tanks while on home turf with a Holy Site. While it only applies to defense, a bonus of +15 to Theological Combat can allow you to use fewer units to defend your piety at home, freeing up your clergy to convert the heathens elsewhere.

Civilopedia entryEdit

With portions of the old town having been constructed over 6000 years ago, Jerusalem is one of the most ancient still-standing cities in the world. Not without a lot of luck, for throughout its tumultuous history, Jerusalem has come under assault numerous times, as grasping empires and religious warriors alike have killed each other by the thousands to wrest control of the city from one another.

The oldest neighborhoods in Jerusalem, the “City of David,” are said to have been built by the legendary king sometime during the first millennium BC. Over the centuries that followed, immigrants and refugees living under a number of kings, priests, and prophets worked to expand the city. By the time the Islamic caliphates rose to power in the 7th Century AD and seized it in the name of Allah in 638, Jerusalem had already been overrun by the Macedonian, Roman, and Byzantine empires.

Not content with the city's current leadership, in 1095 Pope Urban II called upon Christian knights to liberate Jerusalem with the sword. What followed was two hundred years of bloodshed. In the end the Arabs ruled the city still (although they lost it for a time). They in turn were followed by the Ottomans, British and Jordanians.

The past century has arguably been the most controversial in Jerusalem’s sad history, after the establishment of the Jewish state of Israel and its subsequent annexation of the whole of the city following the Six-Day War in 1967.


  • Jerusalem's city-state symbol is the Lion of Judah, a Jewish national and cultural symbol.

Related achievementsEdit

Steam achievement Third Crusade (Civ6)
Third Crusade
Playing as Frederick Barbarossa, conquer the city-state of Jerusalem
The main goal of the Third Crusade was to capture Jerusalem, which it failed to do, and was largely commanded by Frederick Barbarossa, who died during the Crusade.
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