View from the Austrian Hospice – Jerusalem

On our way out of the Western Wall Tunnels we stopped for falafel in the Muslim Quarter and were helped out by a friendly local. After eating he brought us up to the top of the Austrian Hospice for a great rooftop view of the Old City.

The Austrian Hospice was established in 1857 as a pilgrim house and is still under the control of the Archbishop of Vienna. It is today a guest and pilgrim house (both hostel and hotel style) and is located directly on the Via Dolorosa in the middle of the Old City. The 360 degree view from its rooftop is amazing. The landmark Dome of the Rock and Church of the Holy Sepulchre are easy to spot (photos 1,2,4,5) and helped orient me in terms of location, making the other buildings easier to find. Our “guide” told us that the real estate in Jerusalem is more expensive than that of Manhattan and Silicon Valley: the building in the 6th photo is worth 15 million dollars and was bought by Ariel Sharon.

~ by jonathanmtsai on December 12, 2010.

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