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“Uncomfortable” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Muslim Quarter

Muslim Quarter
Jerusalem, Israel (Givat Ram)
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Ranked #106 of 175 Attractions in Jerusalem
Type: Neighborhoods, Cultural
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Arab souk in the Muslim Quarter extends from Damascus Gate to the Via Dolorosa. Its many stalls sell spices, pastries, embroidered dresses, sheepskin coats, leather goods, antiquities and other handicrafts,
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“Uncomfortable”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

The word sums up the experience...part of the Christian sites on Via Dolorosa are located in the Muslim quarters...but it is extremely noisy, chaotic and people tend to stare a lot. There were not many foreign tourists walking through that part of the city and, the few Christian sites that are located there were closed 2 days in a row (Monday and Tuesday).

Visited December 2012
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“Interesting for a quick walk through”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

It was interesting walking through the Arab market (a/k/a shuk) but one visit will do. Some of the vendor stands may well have been there forever so that's pretty cool to see but no need to come back & have folks getting in your face trying to sell you things you don't want. Not the highlight of our trip.

Visited August 2012
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“Throughly exotic”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2012

With a small group of Americans and our guide I walked through this section of the Old City last week and experienced the dirty conditions but none of the hostility that others have reported. Quite to the contrary, vendors in the market stalls, who spoke passable English, urged us to come in to see their wares. Notice the iron gate that separates the Muslim and Jewish Quarters and which is closed on the Sabbath and in case of riots. Also note that you can tell when you've entered the Muslim area by the enormous amount of garbage littering the streets and other public areas. Although most of the stalls offer souvenirs, many are selling everyday household goods for the locals and are not at all tourist-oriented. This area is a true cultural and historical revelation. Life here has hardly changed in many centuries. Stay in well-trafficked areas in daylight and watch out for pickpockets.

Visited October 2012
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Dallas, Texas
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“Wow!!! Crowded And The Shopping Is Awesome!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2012

The tell you to "hold onto your wallet and purse" when you enter the Muslim Quarters. I see now why!!! It is crowded with people. You are so close together you can smell each other. The shopping is great in the Muslim Quarters, but you have to be prepared to barter because there are no prices on most of the merchandise, and if it is it is negotiable. I loved my shopping experience in the Muslim Quarters and so did my husband.

Visited September 2012
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Grand Forks, North Dakota
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“Terrible Place”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2012

There's no point in going to this part of Old Jerusalem. This quarter was the dirtiest of all of them, the people in this quarter are quite possibly the most hostile group of people on earth. We were simply walking through the quarter, with our heads down, minding our own business and people were yelling at us to "get out." We had one man threaten to kill us and a group of teenagers came at us with bats and rocks yelling "Americans!" Police stopped them before they got to us. The merchants are AWFUL. The people walking the streets in this quarter glared at us, hissed, insulted us, threatened us repeatedly, refused to sell us food or water (we had a difficult time finding our way out for a long time). The Jewish, Christian, and Armenian quarters were much friendlier, cleaner, and welcoming, though those areas have their issues as well. Overall, a terrible experience. The violence in that market astounds me!

Visited September 2011
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