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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  • AlexandraBurger
    Cape Town, South Africa10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Walkative Tour of Jerusalem by David Ha’Ivri is a perfect start to visiting Jerusalem
    The Walkative Tour lead by David Ha’Ivri on our first day in Jerusalem was phenomenal. We started with the Christian Jerusalem Tour and we’re hooked- we then stayed on for the Evening Jerusalem Tour and it was fantastic! Would highly recommend Walkative Tours when you arrive in Jerusalem- it’s such a rich and complex place. Our guide was very knowledgeable and helpful. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 September 2023
  • Nave M
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    amazing trip
    Jerusalem is a city of contrasts, with ancient history and modern culture colliding on every corner. It is a holy city to three major religions, and its streets are steeped in religious significance. But it is also a vibrant and cosmopolitan city, with a thriving arts scene and a diverse population. No visit to Jerusalem would be complete without visiting the Old City, which is home to some of the most important religious sites in the world. The Western Wall, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and the Dome of the Rock are all must-sees. But there are also many other interesting things to see and do in the Old City, such as wandering through the maze of alleyways, shopping for souvenirs, or sampling the local cuisine. Outside of the Old City, there are many other things to see and do in Jerusalem. The Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial is a sobering reminder of the horrors of the Holocaust. The Israel Museum is home to a vast collection of art and artifacts from around the world. And the Mount of Olives offers stunning views of the city. Jerusalem is a city that can be difficult to understand, but it is also a city that is impossible to forget. It is a city of peace and conflict, of hope and despair, of love and hate. But it is also a city of beauty and wonder, of history and culture. If you are looking for a truly unique travel experience, then Jerusalem is the city for you
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 11 September 2023
  • Jeffry b
    Essendon, Australia13,448 contributions
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    Ancient Walled Heart of the Holy Land
    Jerusalem's Old City is the ancient Walled Heart of the Holy Land. The Old City has four sectors -- Jewish, Muslim, Christian and Armenian. We stayed in the Armenian Quarter; it was an experience of history. Some of the Gates have been walled up. The Jaffa Gate is easy to access by the Mammilla Mall. The Dung Gate is near the Western Wall, it was used to remove trash. The Zion Gate and Lions Gate are historic, the Damascus Gate led the way to Damascus. The's also the New Gate and Herod's Gate. To get a view of the Old City, you can walk around the Wall. The Old City is always interesting, and the markets are fun.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 1 November 2023
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alexisrachelletx
Nashville, TN1,626 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Did I know where I was? Most of the time, no. But the Old City is a place I knew I had to take the time to explore when I was in Jerusalem during my Birthright trip (for 27-32 year olds). The Old City doesn't have cars, so you can wander along stone streets and look at synagogues and homes and stores and alleys filled with shops. Normally, I'm a planned itinerary person, but I thoroughly enjoyed just exploring without aim, wandering without a map. We didn't get seriously lost, because we stayed in the Jewish Quarter which isn't that large. Historic, gorgeous, fascinating, and well worth getting lost in.
Written 8 January 2020
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Michael I
Ottawa, Canada22 contributions
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Feb 2020 • Solo
I highly recommend signing up for a tour of the old city in order to have all of the historical sites explained in detail. I also recommend going back on your own and just wandering around and getting lost within its walls. The holy church of the Sepulchre, the Western Wall and the Temple Mount were truly amazing. The market is filled with treasures but do not get roped in by the merchants for they are truly masters of their craft. Enjoy!
Written 13 February 2020
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Sarah I
Manorville, NY6 contributions
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Feb 2019
Even though it says I visited in February 2018, I really visited in December 2018 which is when I saw the old city of Jerusalem; it was breathtaking. Even though the city was old, it just felt so fresh, probably because there is nothing quite like it. Anyway, it had a very authentic feel to it and the restaurant and other attractions were very unique and Israel- ized. I would definitely recommend visiting the old city, for 3-4 hours seeing as there are so many sights to see.
Written 12 January 2020
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etbtravelphotography
Denver, CO633 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
This city is loaded with historical attractions that unfortunately get filled with mobs of tourists. Go early in the morning and stay until about 10am before finding something to do elsewhere. Many churches and other attractions open by 7am. It will be far more peaceful and enjoyable unless you love crowds!
Written 13 April 2020
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Skippy50
Chichester, UK921 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
The Old City is a cacophony of noises and smells, each entrancing and compelling. We wandered around each day, finding hidden gems of churches, stalls and coffee shops. All local people who we met were friendly and helpful, though we found the crowds of Christian pilgrims to generally be unpleasant and pushy - even taking over a courtyard to pray and read the Bible aloud, where we and several other couples were enjoying a quiet coffee. No excuse me! The shops are interesting even if many sell similar items - but do check where things are made - Chinese goods are cheap here so you should ask for those made in Israel.
Written 30 January 2020
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Dave
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Mar 2020
I just returned from a week long tour of Isreal with 4 days in Jerusalem. I was pickpocketed for my first time while in Jerusalem. It was just outside the Damascus gate of the old city on my way back to my hotel. The street name is Ha-Nevi'im and is also known as the "street of the prophets". It was my cell phone which was pickpocketed from my front pants pocket. The way that the pickpocket worked was to approach me with a fanfold set of postcards from the side. As I tried to walk away from him he continued at me aggressively and pushed into me holding the postcards up in front of my face. I pushed away from him and then realized in about 2 steps that my cell phone was missing. But upon turning about i was unable to identify him. Because he approached me from the side and from behind I didn't get a good look of him before or while it was happening. This happened at about 4:30 in the afternoon in plain sight in this market area. My wife and myself tried asking for help from the workers of the coffee shop at the spot which was Ha-Nevi'im street number 14. They did not say anything to us but only went about their work ...

It is common for the street vendors to aggressively market their items for sale in Jerusalem but beware that these aggressive pitches to sell items, including pushing up against your body can be a cover for pickpocketing. Rather than politely trying to avoid these encounters I can see that it is more necessary to actively keep these people at arms length.
Written 12 March 2020
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BillPNo1
Friendswood, TX669 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
The Old City of Jerusalem is a fascinating and inspiring place to visit. Although it is 2,000 years more crowded and developed, it is still "old" enough to reflect in your mind just how it was in the time of Christ. Narrow, twisty cobblestone lanes through the crowded and congested Old City area are an invitation to explore around every corner and up each set of stairs.
Beware, very little of the Old City would be considered ADA acceptable - wheel chairs and walkers can't make it without being physically lifted and carried..But for those able and willing to walk through the Old City are in for a real treat and the ability to think and picture well into the past.
Written 4 May 2020
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TravelDonCA
Tehachapi, CA212 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
A really tight warren of shops providing more junk than you could ever take home. You need to be careful because many of the shop owners will get as much money as they can from you. However, there are a few shops that are honest. In the Christian Quarter Zak’s shop #24 and Ali Baba Souvenir Shop shops #14 and #19 (Omar and his father) were introduced to us by our guide. You can use your credit cards at these places and not get any surprises. If you wander through the Old City there are a number of places that have significant historical interest.
Written 3 January 2020
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Toni B
London, UK18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
The Old City of Jerusalem is a fantastic mix of religions, sights, smells and exuberance. I spent four days exploring all the main sights: The Citadel, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Temple Mount, Western Wall, the Via Dolorosa etc. etc. There are so many sights in the old city, every corner holds something new and exciting, and it’s a strange experience to drift between the different religions, each with their own shops, street stalls and restaurants. Be warned, it’s quite exhausting and very crowded with many steps and worn paving to negotiate. My favourite place was the Western Wall and watching the utter devotion to prayer on both sides of the divided male, female areas. Jerusalem is a must see city for travellers.
Written 5 March 2020
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GreenThumb331
San Fernando, Philippines2,873 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019
The Old city has so much history and religious importance for Jews, Christians and Muslims. The Old City is home to several sites of key religious importance: the Temple Mount and Western Wall for Jews, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher for Christians and the Dome of the Rock and al-Aqsa Mosque for Muslims.

We were able to visit and see the Wailing Wall, King David’s tomb, the Via Dolorosa, the room of the Last Supper and the church of the Holy Sepulcher in a span of 2 hours. This is all the time we had on our first morning in Jerusalem. We had an expert local guide, George who explained to us the significance of these places. We got more than what we needed even if our time was very limited.
Written 3 March 2020
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