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“Old Jerusalem: A Must Visit”

Old City of Jerusalem
Ranked #1 of 257 things to do in Jerusalem
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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.
Reviewed December 8, 2014

There is no city in the world so demonstratively rich in history and archaeological remains as Jerusalem. Its history is unique and on display everywhere with monuments dating from King David in the 900s BCE through the Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians, Alexander the Great and the Hellenistic Period, the Maccabees, the Romans, the Muslims, the Crusaders, the Mamlucks, the Ottomans, the British, Jordan and the Arabs down to our time when it became a part of Israel in 1967 and a vibrant city with a Jewish, Arabic, Christian and Armenian Section. What other city can claim so many conquests and so many different people and rulers leaving their imprint on the city landscape? A troubled history through the ages and no less troubled today - but magnificent and so rich in its history and culture.

It is fascinating to stroll around the markets in the Arab section of the Old City, sit in contemplation at the Western Wall in the Jewish Section, walk the ramparts of the Ottoman fortification walls around the city, see King David's City now being excavated outside the Old City Walls, go down underground to Hezekiah's Tunnel and the Shiloah Pool, visit Mount Olives and Getsemaneh, view the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and, if you are lucky and time it right, be permitted to visit the Temple Mount or Noble Sanctuary. Do not miss the Sound and Light Show inside King David's Tower by the Jaffa Gate. It is one of the best I have seen anywhere both in its presentation of the history of Jerusalem and in its technological prowess.

You can easily spend days in the Old City and we did. The visual images will remain with you. So will the sounds of the street markets, the Muezzin calling to prayers, the horns and instruments from the Bar Mitzhvas starting at 11:00 am Monday mornings at the Western Wall and so much more.

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Reviewed December 8, 2014

It is so easy to become overawed as you travel through the old city especially if you are a christian as with each turn and twist of the way the Bible becomes alive.Remember you are a tourist and the intimate goal of each shop hotel or even christian establishment is to take your money off you.point 1- a hefty 3 shekels to use the restroom at the domitition abbey on the mount of Zion.
Be very careful when paying with a credit card-shekels mysteriously change into dollars.
You think you paid 100 shekels-your receipt shows 100 dollars.
Watch your bag at the Holy Sephulcar-the place is always swarming with tourists and there is only one way in and out.many men hanging around trying to pass themselves off as guides.
If you are staying in the old city do not carry valuables about at night.
My reccomendations - saint Anne's near the lions gate- site of the pools of bethsaids- ecce homo convent- great guest house with views over the temple mount and the dome of the rock-the Austrian hospice a great guest house a great breakfast a fantastic cafe with Austrian pastries etc.
Paulushaus nablus road-guest house over looking Damascus gate and near to the tomb of the rock.
Armenian tavern restaurant a beautiful ambience-dining area surrounded by jewelry and auntiques-tasty food and authentic armenian dishes a great service.

Thank 601assafn
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Reviewed December 7, 2014

Wow what a history full of emotions.A visit of a lifetime.All religions come together in this place.

Thank dtjan
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Reviewed December 7, 2014

jerusalem is wonderfull , but touriste should take care because they are lot of rober in the town.
during the nigths and shabat days the town is empty and you canne be robe by people, when you are in small street. don't follow people who would like to show you the way or a special think.
when you go in a restaurant ask first the menu and look especialy how is writing the price ? in Dollars $ or in Shekel "INS" . INS writen closer can be read has $. you think the price is in INS shekel, but at the end it's in dollars....

Thank neoxxcra
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Reviewed December 6, 2014

The Old City of Jerusalem is a spiritual experience and you can feel the history as you walk the cobblestone streets and pray at the wall.

Thank Marilyn S
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