THE OLD CITY JERUSALEM
The Old City of Jerusalem
Take the holiest spot in the world; combine it with thousands of years of culture, history and astonishing culture, add amazing culinary delights and here you have it, the Old City of Jerusalem. The Old City of Jerusalem has always been considered as one of the world’s most rich sites of religion, history and culture. Since the times of Judean Kings passing through the eras of the Roman and Islamic Empires to the present times, it is the pinnacle destination for tourists from all around the world.
Occupying an area of 1 km, and surrounded by Ottoman walls from the 16th century, it is a holy place for all heavenly religions, Islam, Christianity and Judaism. With each of its stones, representing different periods of history and an enormous array of tourist attractions, the city is definite to be an area of interest for anybody.
The ancient city holds a significant value in all 3 heavenly religions, filled with shrines and attractions holy to Muslims, Christians and Jews, including but not limited to Al Aqsa Mosque, The Church of Holy Sepulture and the Western Wall.
There are too many different areas and sites to visit inside the walls of the city, if you have time after visiting the main sites, dig further inside the corners of the different quarters, relish history at every turning and enjoy different authentic foods. There are 4 different quarters, each unique in its own way, that divides the city culturally, religiously and even historically:
The Christian Quarter: Priests and pilgrims from all around the world are present here. It is the area surrounding the Church of Holy Sepulture
The Jewish Quarter: Crowded at times of Jewish festivals. It is traditional to place a small prayer written on paper between the walls.
The Muslim Quarter: is the biggest among all of the quarters. More crowded, more vendors selling all sorts of products, unlike other quarters that generally just sells religious souvenir.
The Armenian Quarter: The smallest of all quarters. 2500 Armenians have resided here for over 2000 years.
Must see sites:
P Dome of the Rock P Church of the Holy Sepulcher P The Wailing Wall
P The David Citadel P Terra Sancta Museum P The Cardo
P The Old City Market P Via Dolorosa P The Archeological Park
Hummus: Abu Shukri Restaurant, 63, Al Wad street, Muslim Quarter
Arabic Sweets: Jaffar Sweets, Khan Al Zait street, Muslim Quarter
Ceramics: George Sandorini, Armenian Quarter
The Arab Market (Souq)
Extending from Damascus gate and all the way to the Church of Holy Sepulture, several markets appear you on the way, with several markets specializing with main products such as olive oil, spices, textile, herbs meat and leathers. It is usually the cheapest place in the city for gifts and common souvenir, also the place for best Hummus and Kunafeh (popular Arabic sweet).
P Download the (Audio Tours of Jerusalem) application to discover the city with your mobile phone
P Please remember to wear religious clothes (Cover hair and knees) once you visit the holy places.
P The prices in the old city can be bargained.