7 of the Hottest Religious Spots in Old City Jerusalem

By Hayley Panagakis, November 30, 2016

Broken up into quarters—Christian, Jewish, Muslim and Armenian—Old City Jerusalem is a must-see. With so much to see, allotting enough time for sightseeing in your conference schedule can be a challenge. Plan your time wisely with this handy breakdown of the top spots to hit in each quarter.

Old City Jerusalem Christian
Old City Jerusalem Church of the Holy Sepulchre> As one of Christianity’s most sacred sites, Church of the Holy Sepulchre (shown right) is a must. Dating back to the 12th century, it’s believed to be where Jesus was crucified, buried and resurrected. 

> Opened in 1898, Lutheran Church of the Redeemer is the newest church in the Old City (believe it or not!). Take in sweeping views of the historic city from the church’s bell tower, but wear your walking shoes—it’s a 177-step climb to the top.

Old City Jerusalem Muslim
> Located just outside the Muslim quarter in an area owned by Israel, Dome of the Rock (shown top) is a sacred spot to all three religions. Only Muslims can go inside, but people of any religion can come to see the temple’s beautiful mosaic facade. Also in this area is Al-Aqsa Mosque, forbidden to non-Muslims.

> Part of the Old City’s draw is the locals who live there. As the largest and most populated section of the Old City, the Muslim Quarter has some of the best bazaars. Walk the Via Dolorosa until you reach the souq, where you’ll find handcrafted ceramics, jewelry, clothing and more.

Old City Jerusalem Jewish
Old City Jerusalem Western Wall Wailing Wall> The most visited site in Jerusalem is Judaism’s holiest site: the Western Wall (shown right), also known as the Wailing Wall. It marks the exterior remains of King Herod’s Second Temple, which was destroyed in A.D. 70. Write down a prayer and place it in the cracks. Women should make sure their shoulders and knees are covered before entering.

> Venture underneath the Old City to the Western Wall Tunnels to reach the closest point to where the Second Temple’s Holy of Holies once stood. The tunnels are accessible via guided tour only.

Old City Jerusalem Armenian
> The 12th century St. James Cathedral is the spiritual center of the Armenian Quarter. The church is dedicated to St. James the apostle and Jesus’ brother James and was built on the site of their tombs. Join for prayer daily at 3 p.m.

Old City Jerusalem map

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