Old City Jerusalem is home to many religious sites, sacred to Jews, Christians and Muslims, the Temple Mount and the Western Wall for Jews, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre for Christians and the Dome of the Rock and Al Aqsa Mosque for Muslims.
It is one of the main sites visited by Christians and Jews alike. It is like an open museum opening to the visitor the history of more than two thousand years. The feeling felt by those coming to Old Jerusalem for the first time is indescribable.
The Main Altar at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre
Reunited since 1967
The Old City, in Hebrew “Hair Haatika” is a small part of today’s Jerusalem. Until the second half of the 19th century this area constituted the whole city of Jerusalem.
Since the Six Day War in June 1967, when the city was reunited, all places of worship are open to all visitors without any distinction of race or religion. Pilgrims from all over the world flock to Jerusalem Old City to pray and visit their Holy Sites.
A spiritual Experience
A visit to the Old City, especially for the first time is a spiritual experience that cannot be compared to any of your travels and visits to other places in the world.
The sensation of Holiness is all over, as you walk through its narrow streets full of views and smells characteristic only to this Holy City.
The city is surrounded by thick 16th Century Walls and it is traditionally divided into four quarters, the Muslim, the Armenian, the Christian and the Jewish Quarter.
Since the reunification of Jerusalem in 1967, the Jewish quarter has seen a great development. It is not only a living neighborhood it is also visited by thousands of students and all type of visitors on a daily basis.
History of more than 3,000 years
The history of Jerusalem Old City goes back more than 3,000 years when King David established his capital here. The street plan dates from Byzantine times.
The Jews have had a continuous presence in the city since then, except for a period of 19 years from 1948 when the State of Israel fought its War or Independence and it fell under Jordanian control, until its liberation and reunification in 1967 on the Six Day War.
It is worth mentioning that during those years the access to Jews was prohibited by the Jordanians. I am a witness to that.
When I arrived as a student to Jerusalem back in 1959 we couldn’t get to the Old city to visit or pray at the Western Wall of the Temple.Click here to Share your Story
The Western Wall in Jerusalem is the Holiest site in Judaism
The access to Old City Jerusalem is through several gates
The description of these gates is being explained on a separate article.
There are many Christian Churches in Old Jerusalem and some are located outside the walls. On the next page of Jerusalem Churches I am going to mention them all.
The Hurva Synagogue in Old City Jerusalem
Other sites of interest in Old City Jerusalem
Pilgrims gathering on the Via Dolorosa's Station III
Places to visit in Old City Jerusalem
The Tower of David standing tall in Old City Jerusalem
A visit to Old Jerusalem is the number one highlight of your Holy Land Experience. Spiritually you will never be the same.
hurva synagogue by djampa
holy sepulchre by berthold weiner
western wall by zeev zaani
via dolorosa sta.3 by b.w.
david tower by wayne mclean
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