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Best view point of old city from Mount of Olives?

Utah
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Best view point of old city from Mount of Olives?

Where is the best place to go on the Mount of Olives to see Dome of the Rock and the old city? Thank you kindly in advance for your help!

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1. Re: Best view point of old city from Mount of Olives?

Seven Arches Hotel. Or the Synagogue of Hebrew University (Mount Scopus).

However, IMHO the best viewpoint is not from Mount of Olives, but from David's Tower.

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2. Re: Best view point of old city from Mount of Olives?

Mount of olives but just before the hotel to avoid the crowds. There's steps going down and you can enter the cemetery or the church of dominus flevit for a great view. The view from the citadel at the Tower of David is from the opposite direction. Also impressive but there's an entrance fee for the museum.

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3. Re: Best view point of old city from Mount of Olives?

Thanks so much for your help!

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4. Re: Best view point of old city from Mount of Olives?

I'd say the viewing platform at the top of mount of olives. The Arab bus literally drops you off at that very point. Bus no 275, leaves from Arab bus station near golden walls hotel, Damascus gate.

Price 5 nis per person.

Get off at last stop, enjoy views, you can get the bus back down again if you can't be bothered to do walk downhill or need to save time.

I went 2 days ago - actually v quiet. Did not feel there was risk of pickpocketing or any harassment by locals, for souvenirs or camel rides like previous threads suggest. Felt safe.

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5. Re: Best view point of old city from Mount of Olives?

I also like the grounds of Dominus Flevit Church on the Mount of Olives -- great view of Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif.

Douglas Duckett

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6. Re: Best view point of old city from Mount of Olives?

I also thought the view from Dominus Flevit was impressive.

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7. Re: Best view point of old city from Mount of Olives?

Yes, another vote for Dominus Flevit. If it doesn't sound too weird, I almost prefer the view from inside- there's a panoramic window that provides a beautiful frame for it. Could stay there for hours.

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8. Re: Best view point of old city from Mount of Olives?

The Mt. of Olives Rehavam Overlook is the best place to see the entire Old City in front of your eyes. It is located at a dead end which the bus does not get to, but you can walk from the closest stop in less than 5 minutes. It has several 'balconies' where you can stand and photograph what you see. The best time to go is in the morning, however that is when everyone else goes, so try to be there by 8:30 for an unobstructed view (over the other visitors). Do be aware of pickpockets as they lurk around especially when there are several bus loads full visiting at one time.

The Tower of David is also an excellent overview of the Temple Mount, but not of the entire Old City like the Mt. of Olives has from the overlook mentioned above and in this thread by others.

Chana

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