We begin our trip touring the ancient city walls which is near the Tower Of David Museum. Over the wall we’ll be overlooking the view of the new and the old town: The King David Hotel, the flour mill in Yemin Moshe neighborhood and the houses of Mishkenot Sha’ananim, the first neighborhood built in the mid-nineteenth century outside the old city walls. Along with those, we will notice the graveyard and the Abbey of the Dormition of Mount Zion, the Mount of Olives, and of course the Temple Mount with Al-Aqsa Mosque and the golden Dome of the Rock.
Then we visit the Tower of David Museum, where we will have a look at an audiovisual presentation describing the history of old city of Jerusalem, and then we will tour around the impressive museum featuring the history of the 3000 years old city.
We will continue through the Armenian Quarter, towards the Western Wall, the holiest place for the Jewish people, the remnant of the Temple which was located on the Temple Mount until its destruction in 70 AD by the Romans. We can see many worshipers in front of the Western Wall’s smooth stones from the touch of millions of hands. Between the stones we may place a note with our wishes.
From the Western Wall, we’ll climb to the Jewish Quarter which was destroyed to its foundations by the Jordanian occupation during the War of Independence in 1948 and was restored to its full glory following the unification of Jerusalem under the Israeli control following the Six Day War in 1967.
We’ll proceed to the Cardo, the relic of the main street in Jerusalem from Roman times, which back then and same now – is occupied by shops and commercial establishments. Later we’ll get onto Shalshelet street, the main street of the Arab market, where we can enjoy the profusion of goods, food stalls, spices and the souvenirs.
We’ll continue to the Damascus Gate until we reach the Coptic Church on the path of the Via Dolorosa, the Way of the Cross where Jesus walked with the cross on his back. The top entrance to the church marks the spot where Jesus fell for the third time during his journey, is the ninth stop on the way. A short distance from here we get onto the Holy Sepulchre. Near the entrance is the Stone of Unction on which the body of Jesus was anointed after he was taken down from the cross and to our right – the staircase that leads to Golgotha, the place of the crucifixion of Jesus. Then the corridor up to the tomb of Jesus.
Now we can go back through the Christian Quarter to the Tower of David, the place where we started our tour in Jerusalem old city.