Views of the Old City – Jerusalem

Jerusalem, Yerushaláyim in Hebrew, is the holiest city in Christianity and Judaism, and the third holiest city in Islam. It was where King David established his Kingdom of Israel, where Christ was crucified, and where Muhammad ascended to heaven. Its significance to all three Abrahamic religions makes it a key contention point in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The Old City of Jerusalem is divided into the Jewish, Armenian, Christian, and Muslim Quarters.

The first thing I noticed walking around Jerusalem was that the Old City was entirely made up of small roads. Instead of large plazas and open areas, the city was filled with a maze of dusty streets and vendors. The Old City is walled and entry can be made through one of seven open gates. The Damascus Gate (shown in photos 6, 11 and, 14), was built by the Ottomans in 1542. Arab vendors sell goods (anything from food to sneakers) outside the gate during Shabbat (so they won’t be taxed by the Israelis). The Lions’ Gate (7th photo) faces the Mount of Olives and marks the start of Christ’s walk to his crucifixion along Via Dolorosa. Herod’s Gate (13th photo) is near to the Damascus Gate and leads into the Muslim Quarter.  The other gates (New Gate, Jaffa Gate, Dung Gate, and the Zion Gate) are not pictured.

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~ by jonathanmtsai on October 15, 2010.

One Response to “Views of the Old City – Jerusalem”

  1. Wonderful photos, Jonathan!

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