The Old City of Jerusalem
It seems that everything has been already said about Jerusalem; its holiness, its beauty, it’s complexity. An ancient city, adorned with more than 4000 years of history concentrated in one square kilometer, somewhere in the Judaean mountains, between plains and desert, between the Samaria and Hebron mountains.
The city changed hands dozens of times, sanctified to three religions that until today struggle for a hold on it. There are four quarters to the city – Jewish, Muslim, Christian and Armenian; each quarter is a world to its own.
We will visit the four quarters and meet the various ethnic groups residing there:
The Christian Quarter
We will encounter the unique human mosaic, walk among the different patriarchs and magnificent sites that were build through the years.
Each Christian ethno-denomination has a hold in the quarter. We’ll meet the Coptic, the Syrian, the Ethiopian, the Orthodox, the Latin and more. We’ll realize the differences between them.
We’ll visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the holiest place in the world for the Christian religion, the site of Christ’s crucifixion, burial and resurrection and witness the Calvary, Stone of Anointing and Aedicule.
The Muslim Quarter
We’ll walk among the ancient markets, some of the oldest markets in the world that still operate and thrive for 2000 years. We’ll see the very best of Muslim architecture that hides between the curving alleys and climb to a breathtaking observation of the Old City, the Temple Mount and the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
The Armenian Quarter
We’ll visit this tiny and remarkable quarter and tell about their unique connection with Jerusalem. We’ll realize why and how the Armenians have their own national quarter.
The Jewish Quarter
We’ll tour the quarter’s sites, the Cardo, the Wall, the Hurva Synagogue and more. We’ll see how new and old mix together, the eateries and Judaica and descend to the Wailing Wall.
Tour duration: 4-6 hours
Can include visiting: City of David, Wailing Wall Tunnels