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Old CityJerusalem

Winding streets, important religious structures and ancient architecture all help to make Jerusalem’s Old City one of the most interesting destinations in Israel.

The Old City is a compact area in the center of Jerusalem, surrounded by ancient walls and places of religious importance. Divided into four quarters, each area has its own ambiance. Explore each one to build up a picture of the neighbourhood as a whole. Walk around admiring religious monuments, browsing traditional stores and sampling the aromatic street food that the Old City is famed for.

The Jewish Quarter is home to the Western Wall, the holiest Jewish site in the world. Regardless of their own personal beliefs, many visitors write a short prayer on a piece of paper to place in a crack in the wall. Book a guided tour to explore the Western Wall Tunnels below the main plaza.

Located directly to the north is the Muslim Quarter, the largest area of the Old City. Pick up souvenirs at the Shuk, a traditional marketplace where you can barter with vendors. The Dome of the Rock sits on Temple Mount, above the Western Wall. Only Muslims may step inside, but the exterior of the structure can be admired by all.

To the west lies the Christian Quarter, home to over 40 holy sites. Perhaps the most visited of all these is the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, where Jesus is said to have been crucified and buried. Find the Armenian Quarter directly to the south. Here, the atmosphere once again changes dramatically.

The walled city can be entered by one of seven gates, with the Jaffa Gate being the most popular. This is due to its proximity to the Tower of David Museum. Here, you can learn all about the history of this diverse city. Come after dark to enjoy the evening sound and light show, an audio-visual presentation that takes place several times per night.

Explore the Old City of Jerusalem to gain a better understanding of the different religious influences at work in the city. As you wander these historic streets, enjoy unearthing the history of this culturally rich area.

Top hotels in Old City

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
New Imperial Hotel
New Imperial Hotel
Jaffa Gate, Old City, Jerusalem

Located in Old City, this hotel is steps away from Tower of David Museum of the History of Jerusalem and Jaffa Gate. Western Wall and Church of the Holy Sepulchre ...

4/5Very Good! (408 reviews)

"Atmosphere was amazing. People were super friendly."…"

Reviewed on 8 Mar 2020

New Imperial Hotel
Hashimi Hotel
Hashimi Hotel
Souq Khan El Zeit Street 73 Old City, Jerusalem
£66
per night
31 Mar-1 Apr

Located in Old City, this hotel is steps away from Arab Souk Market, Church of the Holy Sepulchre and Mosque of Omar. Damascus Gate and Dome of the Rock are ...

4.1/5Very Good! (281 reviews)

"Architecture and decor of the building, very cozy breakfast area, great kitchen staff"…"

Reviewed on 27 Feb 2020

Hashimi Hotel
The Sephardic House
The Sephardic House
1 Batei Mahase St, Jewish Quarter, Jerusalem
£219
per night
1 Apr-2 Apr

Located in Old City, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Cardo, Western Wall and Dome of the Rock. Mount Zion and Jaffa Gate are also within 10 ...

4.1/5Very Good! (266 reviews)

"Special thanks to Josephine who was extremely helpful 👍"…"

Reviewed on 21 Dec 2019

The Sephardic House
Hebron Khan Hostel
Hebron Khan Hostel
8 Aqbat e-Taqiya, (Ma'alot ha-Midrasha) St, Jerusalem
£48
per night
31 Mar-1 Apr

Located in Old City, this hostel is steps away from Via Dolorosa and Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Western Wall and Al-Aqsa Mosque are also within 10 ...

3.8/5Good! (13 reviews)

"This property is easy to get to from the Damascus Gate, a short walk to the Jerusalem Light Rail. Very easy to get to the Church of the Holy Selpucher and the Western Wall. Mostafa, the manager is very friendly and he and the rest of the staff are all very accomodating. Our room was on the roof, ..."…"

Reviewed on 24 Sep 2019

Hebron Khan Hostel
Chain Gate Hostel
Chain Gate Hostel
Jerusalem, Jerusalem

Located in Old City, this hostel is steps away from Western Wall, Al-Aqsa Mosque and Temple Mount. Dome of the Rock and Church of the Holy Sepulchre are also ...

2.6/5 (25 reviews)
Best location EVER!

"Fantastic location! Great showers and breakfast. Loved being next to the Temple Mt and Western Wall! Could easily pop in our hostel for a mid day rest or break. Could walk to everything! Mt of Olives, tunnel tour, Western Wall, Mt Zion (dormition church, St. Peter gallanticu), old city quarters, ..."…"

Reviewed on 11 Oct 2019

Chain Gate Hostel
Western Wall Luxury House
Western Wall Luxury House
£243
per night
31 Mar-1 Apr

Located in Old City, this apartment building is steps away from Burnt House and Western Wall. Temple Mount and Dome of the Rock are also within 5 minutes.

3.7/5Good! (3 reviews)
The Best Place in the Old City

"This is the BEST PLACE in the Old City! We stayed here for 7days and it was a great experience. The place is very classy, very clean, secured and near to everything. Raphael and his team did an AMAZING job! They provided the BEST service to my mother , brother and myself. They helped us starting ..."…"

Reviewed on 15 Nov 2019

Western Wall Luxury House

Popular things to do in Old City

Al-Aqsa Mosque
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Al-Aqsa Mosque

4/5(49 reviews)

Part of the sacred Temple Mount site, this lead-domed structure is a fully functioning mosque. It is among the holiest sites in the Islamic world. 

Western Wall
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Western Wall

4.5/5(94 reviews)

This 2,000-year-old structure is one of the world’s holiest sites, where hundreds of praying worshippers make for a stirring sight.

Jaffa Gate
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Jaffa Gate

4.5/5(60 reviews)

Learn about the history of Jaffa Gate, one of the top monuments in Jerusalem. Make time for the shops and local tours in this culturally rich area.

Church of the Holy Sepulchre
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Church of the Holy Sepulchre

4.5/5(53 reviews)

This famous church stands at the site where, according to Christian belief, Jesus was killed, buried and later raised from the dead.  

Dome of the Rock
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Dome of the Rock

4.5/5(59 reviews)

An iconic symbol of the city, this shrine topped by a gold dome is of special significance to people of Jewish, Christian and Muslim faiths. 

Temple Mount
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Temple Mount

4.5/5(53 reviews)

Visit this holy place to learn about its significance for Muslim, Jewish and Christian people and to enjoy panoramic views of Jerusalem. 

Top activities in Old City

Holy City Half-Day Tour
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Holy City Half-Day Tour

78% of travellers recommend
£33
Per adult
Mount of Olives Half-Day Tour
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Mount of Olives Half-Day Tour

80% of travellers recommend
£27
Per adult
Ancient Jerusalem: City of David Tour
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Ancient Jerusalem: City of David Tour

100% of travellers recommend
£29
Per adult
Jewish Quarter Walking Tour with Western Wall Shabbat Experience
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Jewish Quarter Walking Tour with Western Wall Shabbat Experience

84% of travellers recommend
£24
Per adult
Private Tour Jerusalem Old City
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Private Tour Jerusalem Old City

£44
Per adult
Jerusalem City Pass
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Jerusalem City Pass

£39
Per adult

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Musrara

4/5Very Good!(6 area reviews)

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Musrara
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4.5/5Wonderful!(26 area reviews)

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4.5/5Wonderful!(4 area reviews)

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