The old city of Jerusalem is the old part of Jerusalem, filled with important religious sites such as the Wailing Wall, the Church of the Resurrection of Christ, Via Dolorosa, the Dome of the Rock or Al Aqsa mosque…
Size of the Old City of Jerusalem is less than one square kilometer. Half of the total area is the living area. The first walls of Jerusalem were built at the time of Canaan, more than four thousand years ago. Today’s walls are from the time of Suleiman the Magnificent – sixteenth century and length for about four kilometers. Along the walls there are eight gates.
The old city is divided into four quarters: Armenian, Jewish, Christian and Muslim. The Armenian quarter is the smallest and is completely surrounded by a wall while the Muslim quarter is the largest.
Muslims make up 70% of the population of the Old City, Jewish 8.5%, and 20% are Christians. Educational and religious institutions covers 280 dunams of the center, shopping area is expanding to 80 dunams, archaeological sites 50 dunams and surfaces that are not in use take up to 40 dunams.
Jerusalem (especially its Old Town) is the most popular destination in the country that on average annually attracts over 3 and a half million tourists, especially visitors from the United States, Russia, France, Germany and the United Kingdom.
Don’t miss to see all the historical and religious sights of the old Jerusalem with Tanya Ben Haim Marcetic!