Old City of Jerusalem
Old City of Jerusalem
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Characterized by narrow, winding streets and alleyways, this ancient part of the city is filled with shrines and attractions holy to Jews, Christians and Muslims including the Western Wall, Temple Mount and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
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KMLondon22
London, UK171 contributions
Dec 2022
An incredible mix of history & faiths in a maze of ancient alleyways. I started by doing the so called Free 2 hour tour that starts from the Jaffa Gate (free is a bit of a misnomer as the guide stated she expected tips of 50 NIS each), which is a good way of orientating yourself. Then go off and explore on your own. Although you will soon bore of the busy central part with its souvenir shops, you can spend hours visiting different sites and wandering the alleyways in the 4 different quarters of the walled city.
Written December 13, 2022
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Allie H
Lincoln, CA174 contributions
Jun 2022
Obviously, this is a must do stop on any trip to Israel. We had a private tour guide who was well worth the cost, due to getting an intimate, well educated and interesting perspective.

I recommend setting time to just wander and ponder outside of the formal tours. There is an energy that is just cool to be a part of without hustling to the next spot!
Written January 11, 2023
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Freddes
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates904 contributions
Mar 2022
I would highly recommend to hire a guide for your first day there, to understand more about the history of Jerusalem that then allows you to discover more at your own pace.
This City has a mystical vibe that I have not felt anywhere else with believers from the 3 religions.
Its is loaded with spirituality and history, and is quite unforgettable.
Do not forget to go off the main track and wander in the 4 quarters to see the real people who live there.
Written April 5, 2022
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Mr street
Haifa District, Israel52 contributions
Aug 2020
I visited the Old Town with my family. I bought tickets at the Tourist Information store at the Jaffa Gate for an independent tour of the walls, we chose to tour the northern wall from which you see the Christian and Muslim quarter of the city and the East Jerusalem area. The Tour starts at the Jaffa Gate and ends at The Lion Gate.The tour is not suitable for disabled people and small children the Tour requires physical effort because it includes multiple sections of high stairs. Those who do not want to continue the entire route can be descended from the walls of the Old City or outside the walls of the city, I would recommend going on a tour in the afternoon when less warm but still lit. At the end of the tour on the wall we traveled the Old City, and on the market, in my opinion the Old City is the best attraction for visitors to Jerusalem.
Written August 18, 2020
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Hans P
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May 2022
We were guided by mrs Nadia Samakh from “amazingjeruzalem.com” (booqify), who is the best guide you can wish. She knows a lot about the history of places, events and beliefs.

The daytrip from Tel Aviv (125 usd) was organized in a relatively small group (14 persons) of travelers from Europe and the US / Canada who hung at her lips to learn about the olive mountain, Golgotha and other biblical places.

This small scale touroperator is most recommendable for people with historic interest.
Written May 4, 2022
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Temper43 - Alfredo
Panama City, Panama1,297 contributions
Mar 2022
A visit to Jerusalem without entering the Old city means you have not visited the Diamond of the Jewel.

You need several days to cover all, but the best is to visit the city for several days and maybe have a local guide to show you the main sites within the walled city.

And it will motivate you to return several times to visit the narrow alleys and the views, the churches, synagogues and simply enjoy the Tower of David and the museum there. Or walking the ramparts.
Written May 7, 2022
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StevenDL37
Atlanta, GA27 contributions
Sep 2022
There is nowhere else in the world like Old Jerusalem. The History, Culture, Societal Norms and Religious Behavior is unmatched. I suggest you try to visit during the week to avoid the large weekend crowds. Take your time and don't rush as Old Jerusalem is a treasure to be savored.
Written September 19, 2022
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Bob B
Fort Myers, FL69 contributions
Sep 2022
We stayed at the Waldorf Astoria and they arranged a private guide for a four hour walking tour of the old city. It actually lasted a little longer than the scheduled time, but it was enough to see all the highlights of the old city. Outstanding experience to see so many historical, if not ancient sites, in a tight area. Great experience.
Written September 14, 2022
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Simon G
Caminomorisco, Spain2 contributions
Oct 2022 • Solo
Bring money. Bring a lot of money. I was not impressed. The whole experience was dour, doleful and downright miserable. The one highlight was praying at the wall, although I am not sure how significant that was seeing that God had it knocked down about 2,000 years ago.
Perhaps He was building a new temple in the hearts of men?
The lowlight of my time was to be accosted by a fake Messianic Jew who asked me to pray with him so I could give him money for baby milk.
Apparently, he got upset with me because 100 shekels was not enough.
This whole experience represents a god who is foreign to me.
If you visit as a Christian, do not be intimidated or try to be overly-pious because God did not require that of you before you came.
Also, the city is rather smelly and dirty just like most major cities these days.
Written October 10, 2022
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William S
Clinton, NJ375 contributions
May 2022
This past May we had the opportunity of finally visiting Jerusalem. The City had four quadrants representing different religious groups, and it is fascinating to wander through each area (not much to see in the Armenian area as it is mostly closed off) to meet the people, see religious artifacts, and explore history. The Temple Mount was special, with religious significance to many religions, along with the Western (wailing) Wall that is of special significance to Jews. Adjacent to that, we toured the tunnels that extend along the Western Wall of the old city, a fascinating exploration peeling back layers of time.
Written October 31, 2022
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