I have heard many people say "up to Jerusalem", i think as a sign of respect. It also happens to be that it's on a mountain, so you do have to go up.

But is there a problem with saying "down" to/in Jerusalem? Like, from northern Israel, Jerusalem is to the south, commonly known as "down". Perhaps an issue of disrespect?

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    Relevant background sources: Y'sha'ya 2:2-3, Kiddushin 69a-b, and Sifrei (D'varim, end of 37, "ארץ ישראל לפי שגבוהה מכל משובחת מכל... בית המקדש שגבוה מכל משובח מכל, וכו"). – Fred Feb 13 '15 at 3:01
  • It's also noteworthy that most maps that one will find in Seforim do not necessarily put North at the top – y.lub Feb 15 '15 at 14:06

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