I am in Israel from 2-12 October. I'm really looking forward to the trip, and I am spending my last four days in Jerusalem. The first part of the trip I am really happy with, there seem to be a lot of sites with general historic interest, beautiful grottos, old cities, mosiacs, ruins, churches. As I have started to dive into the Jerusalem research, I came across a line in Douglas Duckett's guide that said "...Edicule is the traditional and always crowded tomb of Christ" and then recommends a Syrian chapel that has a well preserved Jewish burial cave as a better and more authentic example. To me that sounds like really good advice. And it kind of hit the nail on the head as far as a nagging concern I have about Jerusalem sites.
I guess what I am asking in hopefully the most non-offensive way possible is that as a non-religious tourist, are there places that might be freighted with meaning for a person of belief, and that would typically appear on a "must see" list, but maybe someone who might not be as tied to following in the footsteps of biblical figures would find overcrowded and might want to find a better alternative from a purely historical perspective? Hopefully I'm not offending anyone asking this.