The old city of Jerusalem is an interesting place to visit especially if you are a religious person. This is a city where holy meets secular, old meets new and more important nature and outstanding architecture merge into a melting pot of sights and sounds. In addition, Jerusalem is a place where the three main faiths meet. For Christians, it is the place where Jesus was crucified, for Jews, it is the place of Kind David’s throne and the capital city of the modern Israel, and for Muslims it is a sacred place of worship.
Situated in the Judean Mountains, north of the Dead Sea, Jerusalem is home to over 750,000 residents. What is interesting is that the area known as the Old City of Jerusalem is only about one square kilometer, but holds incredible importance to so many people across the world.
This place is home to very special sites of religious significance, including the Dome of the Rock, al-Aqsa Mosque, the Church of the Holy of Sepulchre, the Western Wall and the Temple Mount. The Old City has been divided into four different quarters and they include the Muslim quarters, the Jewish quarters, the Christian quarters and the Armenian quarters.
Each quarter here has its own exceptional environment, attraction, and experiences. One of the best ways to experience life in the old city of Jerusalem is with a tour, entering the walled Old City through one of its 7 gates.
The Christian quarter is home to around forty holy sites. You will find pilgrims and priest from all over the planet here. This quarter was built based on the idea that Jesus was crucified and buried there.
The Armenian quarter is the smallest quarter in the Old City. It is home to about 2,500 people and they are believed to have lived here for over 2,000 years. The Armanian Patriarchate is one of the guardians of the Christian Holy sites in the Holy land.
The Muslim quarter is the busiest and most crowded quarter. You will see vendors selling various products in these streets. The Dome of the Rock (Qubbat as-Sakhrah) along with the al-Aqsa Mosque is situated in the Temple Mount and non-Muslims are not granted entrance, with the exception of tourists in organized tours (private or group tours).
The Jewish quarter may not seem as busy like the Muslim quarter and there are no entrance restrictions. This quarter is rich in history, as before reconstruction began, archeologists had a unique opportunity to excavate and uncover part of Jerusalem’s ancient history.
It is highly advisable that you tour the Old City of Jerusalem.