The Old City section of Jerusalem is the original ancient city of Jerusalem, while the rest of Jerusalem is the modern city which has spread far and wide outside the cities walls.
The Walls of Jerusalem surround the Old City of Jerusalem. Over the past 3000 years, they’ve been built and rebuilt a number of times.
Suleiman the Magnificent rebuilt the current walls. However, according to legend, when Suleiman saw that the architects had left Mount Zion, on which The City of David was located, and King David’s Tomb outside of the enclosure, he ordered them executed.
In these walls are seven open gates to the Old City. Zion Gate, Jafa Gate, Dung Gate, Damascus Gate, Lions Gate, and Herod’s Gate.
The Old City divided into four quarters: the Jewish Quarter, the Christian Quarter, the Armenian Quarter, and the Muslim Quarter.
The Jewish Quarter has the most to do and see including visiting the Western Wall, touring the Western Wall Tunnels, and walking through the ancient Cardo.
The Armenian Quarter is generally not a major tourist destination, Jaffa Gate is the main entrance to the Old City and is located there.
Right past Jaffa Gate are the most popular attractions in this quarte: the Tower of David Museum and the entrance to the Ramparts Walk.
The Christian Quarter is home to Christian Arabs though it contains few houses and mostly religious tourists and educational buildings. This is where Church of The Holy Sepulchre is located.
The Muslim Quarter is mostly is mostly known for the shuk (market) and that the beginning of the Via Dolorosa. It also has many Roman and Crusader remains and is where the Way of Sorrows is located.
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