The Old City
There are 9 main gates leading into the Old City of Jerusalem: Jaffa, Herod’s, Damascas, New, Zion, Dung, Lions, Tanners and lastly the Golden Gate which has been sealed up. All with their own history and story.
ENtering into the Old City of jerusalem
Covering just 220 acres (one square kilometer) it seems like there are endless streets of shops and cavernous stalls all open seven days a week, mostly all selling very similar items. The main categories include jewelry, religious artifacts, souvenirs, clothing, antiques, and food with various street cafes and restaurants built into the caverns and stonework.
OLD CITY BAZAAR
each stall attempting to appeal to Christians, Jews and Muslims alike
Meandering through the streets of the Old City
It feels like your are literally walking through history
Early morning stroll through the Old City
Old City Streets
Jewish Quarter, Old City
The remains of the Pool of Bethesda
A side door, church of St. Anne
I've always loved taking photos of colourful or ornate doorways. This one caught my attention tucked away down the side of the Church of St. Anne at the Pool of Bethesda.
Via Dolorosa, Old City
The streets of Jerusalem are no older than the middle ages. But underground the Via Dolorosa it is possible to walk on the actual streets that Jesus would’ve walked on. Here was this mosaic portrayal of Jesus walking with the cross.
Mosaic of Jesus Carrying the Cross under the Via Dolorosa
Walking the Ramparts in the Old City of Jerusalem provides a extraordinary perspective. I was mesmerized as we passed children in school yards, nuns hanging out their ‘habits’ and inhabitants of the Old City getting on with their daily lives.
Walking the Ramparts of the City Walls
View of the Temple Mount
Here an extraordinary view of the Old City with the Al-Aqsa golden dome in the background
Washing day in the Old City, Jerusalem
Walking the streets
how many have passed this sign without reading it?
The Spices of Israel
Israel is known for its herbs and spices. This was the best selection I've ever seen. Holy Land spices', 59 David Street, Jerusalem Old City
At the side of the Church of the Sepulchral
The Western Wall is believed to be the remains of a wall of the great Jewish temple extending 62 feet (18.9 m) above ground. The wall is considered to be a sacred site by Jews, and thousands of people make pilgrimages there each year.