Old City of Jerusalem tour
The Old City has so many interesting sites/locations that it’s hard to decide where to start. The religious sites, ancient buildings, shops and markets are all interesting to see and visit. The site is holy to 3 major religions. For the Jewish people the Western Wall or Wailing Wall is extremely important. For the Muslims there is the Dome on the Rock. And for Christians is the Via Dolorosa, the path of Jesus
The old city of Jerusalem is a must see for all visitors. So many rich religious sites seeped in historical and spiritual history and experienceAlways wanted to see the old city having read and watched so much about it. It didn’t disappoint, far from it
We wanted to see the places that are mentioned in the bible and to appreciate the events. In addition, we wanted to taste again, the wonderful flavours of the food in Jerusalem and of course the wonderful,
fresh pomegranate juice.
The excitement of the stalls and markets, where deals are sought and conversations made, add to the lure of the ancient city. There are beautiful parks with beautiful flowers and shady areas to rest from the heat. The Old City is intensely captivating in every sense. You will not be disappointed
The Four Quarters of the Old City is an entertaining and interesting walking tour that offers a general tour of the Old City (highlights): Armenian Quarter, Christian Quarter, Jewish Quarter, Muslim Quarter, Cardo, Western Wall, Via Dolorosa (Stations of the Cross), Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
Religious pilgrims have been traveling to Jerusalem for centuries, yet you don’t have to share their zeal in order to appreciate this city’s profound cultural and historical significance. Plan on seeing the major sights, but also leave plenty of time to walk through the streets and simply immerse yourself in the daily life of such an ancient and revered place
The Four Quarters of the Old City, Jerusalem
The Old City of Jerusalem is divided in many ways politically, but there are four different quarters that divide the city culturally, religiously and even historically:
See What our Travelers Said
Jerusalem… Old walled city… More than 3,000 years of history of the Holy City for the 3 monotheistic Semitic religions…. Judaism, Christianity and Islamism…. Divided into 4 neighborhoods, of the 3 religions plus the Armenian… A privilege to know you, even if you are not religious, by the history of Western culture. It is worth getting lost in its streets and markets… Go through the Via Dolorosa to the Holy Sepulchre…. The Wailing Wall… The most difficult thing to know is the esplanade of the Muslim mosques, with Al Aqsa and the Dome of the Rock, which have a very restricted timetable at noon… You can walk on the outside of the wall and also climb the wall
The tour through the old city was I formative from walking through old Jaffa gate, walking through the individual quarters of the city, going to the church of the holy Sepulchre, the western wall, and then toured the stations of the cross.
The old city that is holy to all three major religions
The Old City of Jerusalem is holy to Jews, Christians and Muslims. There are holy places that are holy to each one of those religions. The best way to explore this site is by visiting each one of the quarters. One of the best way to do this is by walking along the city walls and seeing each area from above. Then walk the narrow streets and alleyways of each quarter. Each quarter has it’s own character. Book Now There are markets, bazaars, shops, holy sites in each area
Later we traveled to the Dead Sea and enjoyed a mud bath and floated. It was a great time and worth every minute
The Christian Quarter
The Christian Quarter sits in the northwest corner of the Old City and has the second largest population with nearly 6,000 residents. The quarter includes Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the site where Jesus Christ was supposedly crucified and buried. The area attracts many tourists throughout the year, especially during the Christian holidays of Christmas and Easter.
The Jewish Quarter
Following the War of Independence, Jordan took control of the Old City and expelled all Jews from the quarter. The fighting destroyed most of the buildings and synagogues, so the quarter remained uninhabited until 1967. Israel won the Six Day War and took the Old City back from the Jordanians. The Israeli government then decided to resettle the quarter with Jewish families and Yeshiva students (a Yeshiva is an institute where Jews go to study Torah). Today there are nearly 3,000 Jews living in the Old City and around 1500 Yeshiva students. The Jews are all religious, either Haredi (Hassidic) or Dati Leumi (national religious). Although the city remains divided, Jews also live in the Muslim and Christian quarters.
The Muslim Quarter
The Muslim Quarter is the largest of the four quarters and holds the largest population with nearly 30,000 Muslims. When walking through the quarter you will likely experience the Shouk, a Bazaar selling nearly everything you can imagine. Walking through the Bazaar feels like you jumped into a time machine and exited into a medieval shopping mall. The Muslim Quarter also includes the Dome of the Rock and Al Aqsa Mosques which are the religious sites for Muslims
The Armenian Quarter
The Armenian Quarter is the smallest of all the quarters and sits in the southwest corner of the Old City. Although the Armenians in this quarter are Christian, their quarter is quite distinct from the Christian quarter. You can find both a monastery and a seminary in the Armenian quarter, which managed to endure heavy fighting during the Independence and Six Day War
A holy city for Jews, Muslims and Christians alike, no other city in the world means so much to so many people. With over 4000 years of history, Jerusalem has not only witnessed some of the main events that have shaped the course of Holy places, but it also keeps some of the most sacred sites on earth for all the 3 main monotheistic religions.
During my first day in the Golden City, I explored the narrow twisted streets of its Old Town to discover all four quarters: Jewish, Muslim, Christian and Armenian. During my visit, I would visit the Western Wall, a sacred site for the Jews; the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, where it is believed that Jesus was He’s Holy Home With Hi’s Mother, anointed and buried; as well as the souks and covered markets of the Muslim quarter. But is Jerusalem really as special as they say
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