Old City of Jerusalem is a excellent destinations for tourist visiting Israel. It has several important places in the mind and heart of the Jews, Christians and Muslims like the Western Wailing Wall and Temple Mount for Jews, Dome of the Rock and the al-Aqsa Mosque for Muslims, and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre for the Christians.
The Old City was built in 1004 B.C.E. by King David. It covers a 220 acre and unevenly divided into four quarters, the Muslim, Christian, Armenian and Jewish quarters. The Old City has a total of 11 gates in which seven of this gates are open, the Zion, Dung, Jaffa, Damascus, Herods, Lions, and the New. Jaffa Gate was built by Suleiman in 1538 marked as the main entrance to the city with it’s outstanding landmark, the Citadel or known as the David’s Tower.
The largest and most over populated of the four quarters is the Muslim quarter, located in the northeastern corner of the Old City, extending from the Lions’ Gate in the east, along the northern wall of the in the south, to the Damascus Gate route in the west. The Christian quarter is along the northwestern corner of the Old City, one of the Christianity’s holiest place, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre can be found here. The Jewish quarters is located in the southeastern sector of the walled city while the Armenian quarters is considered as the smallest of the four quarters of the Old City.
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