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Old City

There is probably no city in the world that has more historical and spiritual significance than Jerusalem, and no visit to Israel would be complete without spending a few hours absorbing the unique atmosphere and history of the Old City of Jerusalem

A visit to Jerusalem is first and foremost a visit to the numerous historical sites of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, which are often only a few steps away from each other. One of the world’s oldest cities, Jerusalem reflects in its many facets the past, present and future of the three great monotheistic religions.

Walking in the footsteps of King David, Jesus Christ, and the Prophet Muhammad through the streets of Jerusalem, we’ll show you all of the main sites in the Old City Jerusalem and let you appreciate Jerusalem’s unique history, culture and atmosphere.

Highlights
  • Spend a morning with our compelling guide exploring the ancient Old City of Jerusalem.
  • Start your day with a breathtaking overview of the whole of Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives, where you can take in Jerusalem's size, beauty and architecture together with an explanation of each part of the city of.
  • Join us for a walking tour next. With only 0.35 square miles (0.9 square km) in size, the Jerusalem Old City has more to offer from a religious and historical perspective than almost any other city in the world.
  • Visit the Western Wall and leave a note between its ancient stones.
  • Walk along the Via Dolorosa in Jesus Christ’s footsteps.
  • Visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, a major pilgrimage center for Christians all around the world.
  • Finish your morning with a stroll through the colorful Bazaar Markets of the Muslim and Christian Quarters.
History

Around 1000 BCE King David conquered Jerusalem and established it as the capital of his kingdom. His son Solomon built the First Temple that was destroyed in 587 BCE by the Babylonians. The Second Temple was built in 516 BCE and plundered and desecrated by the Greeks in 175 BCE to be finally destroyed by the Romans in 70 CE.

Jerusalem also played a significant role in the life of Jesus. It is in Jerusalem that he preached, had the Last Supper and then the Crucifixion and Resurrection.

Muhammad took his Night Journey from Jerusalem in the early 600’s CE. The Muslims occupied Jerusalem in 637 CE and it becomes part of the second Arab Caliphate.

In 1099 Jerusalem is invaded by the crusaders and then captured by Saladin in 1187.

The Ottomans rule Jerusalem from 1516 until after World War I when the British take over. After the War of Independence the Jordanians control the Old City until the Six-Day War. In 1967 the Old City it is returned to Jewish control for the first time in two millennia.

General Information

During your tour through the Old City, you”ll visit many holy sites. Please dress modestly.

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