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Old City which includes markets, food and street scenes

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.


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Hashimi Hotel
Hashimi Hotel
Souq Khan El Zeit Street 73 Old City, Jerusalem
The price is £61 per night from 24 Apr to 25 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! (288 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
The price is £114 per night from 28 Apr to 29 Apr
Located in Old City, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Burnt House, Western Wall and Al-Aqsa Mosque. King David's Tomb and Dome of the Rock are also within ...
4.1/5Very Good! (270 reviews)
להיפגש עם העבר הרחוק שלך - לילה בעיר העתיקה
"מה שתיקחו מהמקום הזה זו החוויה של ללון במקום שיש לו היסטוריה מדובר במלון ללינה , אין מעבר לכך אין לו מה להציע, מומלץ לוותר על ארוחת הבוקר ולחפש מקום נחמד בעיר"

Reviewed on 27 Aug 2020

The Sephardic House
New Imperial Hotel
New Imperial Hotel
Jaffa Gate, Old City, Jerusalem
The price is £173 per night from 6 May to 7 May
Located in Old City, this hotel is steps away from Tower of David Museum of the History of Jerusalem and Jaffa Gate. Church of the Holy Sepulchre and Mamilla ...
4/5Very Good! (429 reviews)
"Atmosphere was amazing. People were super friendly."

Reviewed on 8 Mar 2020

New Imperial Hotel
Hebron Khan Hostel
Hebron Khan Hostel
8 Aqbat e-Taqiya, (Ma'alot ha-Midrasha) St, Jerusalem
The price is £42 per night from 23 Apr to 24 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 ...
3.6/5Good! (17 reviews)
"It is close to the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre."

Reviewed on 10 Oct 2019

Hebron Khan Hostel
Chain Gate Hostel
Chain Gate Hostel
Jerusalem, Jerusalem
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Located in Old City, this hostel is steps away from Western Wall, Al-Aqsa Mosque and Temple Mount. Dome of the Rock and Golden Gate are also within 10 ...
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
Cozy, Vacation Rental in the Jewish Qtr. Old Jerusalem
Cozy, Vacation Rental in the Jewish Qtr. Old Jerusalem
16 Shonei Halakhot st., Jerusalem, Jerusalem
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Located in the centre of Jerusalem, this family-friendly apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Burnt House, Western Wall and Al-Aqsa Mosque. Temple ...
5/5Exceptional! (21 reviews)
Really nice and understanding
"The property owners are really nice and great people!"

Reviewed on 28 Mar 2020

Cozy, Vacation Rental in the Jewish Qtr. Old Jerusalem
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