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“WONDERFUL PLACE !”

Old City of Jerusalem
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Jerusalem Three Religions Holy City Walking Tour
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Owner description: 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.
Portsmouth, England, United Kingdom
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“WONDERFUL PLACE !”
Reviewed November 6, 2013

The people of East Jerusalem are lovely, very friendly and entertaining. Food yummy - I am all falafeled out now ! The historical sites are out of this world - it is a very spiritual place.

Downside - so sad to see the people of East Jerusalem so oppressed by the Israeli government - there is little recognition of the Islamic influence on the city and almost impossible to visit the Dome of the Rock !

Visited November 2013
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Geelong, Australia
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“So much to see, where do I start?”
Reviewed November 4, 2013

Spent 4 days spread over a week wandering around the Old City, amazing. But you've got to adjust your expectations. For a start, the streets Christ walked are close to 10m underground. The streets you will be walking on are much later Ottoman period - as are the walls, and the Jewish quarter is even newer than that after the Jordanians virtually demolished it after the 1947 war. Very occasionally, you will even find the odd Mamaluke remnant here and there - so if you find something looking strangely Egyptian, it probably is. Fascinating to see how many times the city has changed shapes over the centuries.

There are places where you can reach back to the times of Christ - the Cardo, in a couple of places, pool of Silom, around the temple mount including Western Wall & associated tunnels. Yes - the Via Delorosa is here, but once again it is so many meters above where the original road would have gone, and there is some doubt as to whether it even follows the original path with the repeated cycles of war, destruction & rebuilding undertaken here over the 2000 years since. Solomon's Quarries (Zedekiah's Cave) & Hezekiah's tunnels - being just outside & under the walls - go back much further than that. If you want to see David's era Jerusalem, you'll have to step well outside of the current old city to David's Citadel.

The city itself contains many, many permanent markets & shops lining the old streets. Come weekends, you'll find various ones open at various times - Islamic owners will close on Friday, Jewish on Saturdays closing on Friday night, and Christians of course on Sunday. Prices are expensive even at the markets - nothing is cheap in Israel, however you will find some quite unique pieces here. Make sure you try as much of the local food as you can - falafel & schwarma should be definite must-do's. Put aside quite a few hours to visit these around the city - spices abound. Just be prepared to say 'no' and keep walking. As in any place, watch out in crowds for pick-pockets. Damascus gate was particularily bad for that.

Yes, there are heaps of shrines around all over the place. I am a Christian and I hate the fact that everybody who ever was seems to have wanted to build a shrine here. But if that does it for you, you'll have no shortage of ornately decorated buildings (so-called "churches") to visit.

We had a group of 15 and hired our own tour-guide over the internet (sorry, we were his last tour group before he retired). Didn't cost much per head per day, and really helped when it came to interpreting what we were seeing. It also meant we were able to make the most out of each day, and didn't miss out on any of the sights by walking right past them. He was also able to gain us entrance to quite a few closed doors. Because we spent so many days here, it meant we were able to return and wander around ourselves, re-visiting things we wanted to see more of, and finding a few things the group didn't do.

Because of the timing of our visit, we got to see the Jews abounding in their traditional dress celebrating Succot (Feast of Tabernacles) with their booths - a real sight to behold, one that I will never forget. We were even there when a group of Jewish youth mock-challenged some police to regain access to the temple mount. On those holy-days and the night before, the old city becomes very, very busy - especially on Saturday night. Was really good to see the city in all of it's guises.

A couple of us even returned & walked the city late at night (11pm), it was extremely quiet and could not have felt safer. Everybody was very friendly - nobody minded being asked for directions - except for the kids who thought it a great opportunity to get paid for their advice. So don't ask them...

Visited September 2013
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“A Once in a Lifetime Experience”
Reviewed November 4, 2013

Our cruise ship docked in Haifa and we took an 11 hour tour of the old city of Jerusalem. We took the tour that Holland America offered and were satisfied with it. It cost $134 per person which included a nice Israli lunch with wine. Our guide was an Israeli soldier with alot of knowledge about the history, traditions and faiths that occupy this city. If you want to go, do it while you can walk. There is no way around it...you have to walk thru the city to see where Jesus was crucified,died and was buried; to see the Western Wall; to see the Golden Dome; to see the Garden of Gethsemane and everything else. I felt safe and I felt that I learned alot.

Visited October 2013
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“History above, below and all around”
Reviewed November 4, 2013

With a group of friends, I went on a guided tour led by local, professional guide, Helen Cohn.

Unforgettable! Helen's insightful story-telling, deep historical knowledge and helpful visual aids ensured that our friends from different backgrounds, religions and nationalities were able to benefit from her half-day tour.

Visited October 2013
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“Amazing”
Reviewed November 4, 2013

The sense of history and different cultures all in a small space was incredible. Whatever your faith, Jerusalem accepts all

Visited September 2013
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