|The walls of the Old City of Jerusalem|
The Old City of Jerusalem is without a doubt the most colorful tourist destination in Israel. The narrow passageways of the Arab shuk. The modern housing and reconstructed synagogues of the Jewish Quarter. The wide Cardo street passing on the very stones put into place by the Roman conquerors of the city. The many restaurants, the yeshivot schools, the carcasses of animals hanging from their hooks in tourists' faces, the carpets and olive wood souvenirs in the Christian Quarter. No one can understand Jerusalem's uniqueness without a visit to the Old City.
While people have lived in this area of Jerusalem since early Biblical times, the current walls were constructed in 1538 by Suleiman the Magnificent, Sultan of the Ottoman Empire. Legend says that Suleiman's architects mistakenly left Mt. Zion outside the city walls. Mt. Zion is revered as the traditional location of the Last Supper and the burial site of King David.
Join me on a colorful virtual tour of the gates of the Old City. And then visit Jerusalem to see them yourself!
|The Old City of Jerusalem = the Citadel and the Tower of David|
|A great way to see the Old City is by taking a walk on the walls|
|The New Gate, added to make it easier for pilgrims to reach the Christian holy sites|
|Roman era gate, below the entrance of the Damascus Gate|
|Herod's Gate, also known as the Flower Gate, leading to the Muslim Quarter|
|Lion's Gate, also known as St. Stephen's Gate|
|The sealed Golden Gate that leads to the Temple Mount from the east|
|The Southern Wall, site of the sealed Huldah Gates / Triple Gates leading to the Temple Mount|
|Western Wall Plaza, with the Dome of the Rock in the background|
Come visit Israel and see the amazing walls and gates of the Old City of Jerusalem.
Catholics in the Old City of Jerusalem
Ethiopian Christians in the Old City of Jerusalem
Coptic Christians in the Old City of Jerusalem
A Visit to Mt. Zion