The Jewish Quarter is located west of the Western Wall it is a thriving modern community with more than 1,000 families. It has been rebuilt out of the rubble that was left from Jordanian occupation of the area from 1948 until the Six Day War of 1967. Since the destruction was severe, the Jews who returned to the Old City in 1967 excavated the quarter’s archaeological remains first and then built their city over, around and beside the ancient discoveries. Today there are numerous synagogues and schools for Jewish studies, along with contemporary shops and restaurants up and down the streets filled with trendy new businesses that sell a wide variety of items, including original art work by local artists.
The Muslim Quarter is the largest and most populated of the four quarters in the Old City. Developed by Herod the Great, organized by the Christian Byzantine Empire, and then occupied by the Christian Crusaders, even this section is full of Churches and Christian shrines. The main streets, El-Wad and Via Dolorosa are bazaars with Muslim shopkeepers ready to sell plastic crucifix or olive wood nativity sets. When Jesus walked through these streets to his crucifixion they were busy even then and would have been filled with shops.
The nation of Armenia was the first nation to declare itself a Christian nation. They did this in 301 but Armenians had been living in Jerusalem since 95 B.C. The Armenian Quarter was established on Mount Zion in 301. Right before the Crusader period, today the Armenian “quarter” covers about one-sixth of the Old City.
The Christian Quarter is the most visited quarter of the Old City because it includes the site of Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection which is now the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. This quarter is cluttered with a seemingly endless cluster of churches and holy sites. The streets are filled with narrow storefronts leading into shops that continue long narrow paths to the back. The market streets are noisy with modern pilgrims and shopkeepers trying to lure them into their stores.
Church Of the Holy Sepulcher
The Church of the Holy Sepulcher is the holiest place for Catholic and Orthodox Christians. It marks the site of Jesus' crucifixion, burial, and resurrection.
The Western wall is the only remaining relic of the Second Temple, which was a sacred center of the Jewish religion in ancient times. The building was destroyed by the Romans in 70 A.D. Jews don't refer to this wall as the "wailing wall" and see it as a sign of disrespect.
Located on Temple Mount, this is the third holiest site in Islam after Mecca and Medina. It hosts daily prayers and accomodate large crowds for Friday sermons.
Temple Mount/ Dome of the Rock
Temple mount/ Dome of the Rock marks the spot of Abraham’s offering of Ishmael and the Prophet Mohammed heavenward ascent.
Can you make it to all the sites in one day? How?
Yes we can since three of the four sites are really close to each other.
Will you tour be stretched into multiple days?
No the tour will only last 1 day.
How will people get around on their tour?
We will take a taxi from our first destination which is the Church of the Holy Sepulcher towards the Western Wall and walk from site to site after that.