After reading this blog post, you may wish to review the current travel warning I have on Israel. Despite the initial two-state resolution issued by the United Nations, it is at the moment not possible to visit Jerusalem without going through Israeli security. The city of Jerusalem, including the supposedly Palestinian East Jerusalem, is firmly in Israeli control and officially an integral part of the State of Israel. The Old City is firmly within the city of Jerusalem, and even when one is to visit from the Palestinian territories, one would still need to pass through Israeli security to get to east of Jerusalem. It is not possible to access the Old City by air, land, or sea without first touching Israeli soil.
At the heart of the old city, is the bridge connecting to Temple Mount. It is the only possible entrance for non-Muslims. Muslims can access Temple Mount via other gates with less security that are guarded by Israeli soldiers. I do not know what would happen if you simply claim to be Muslim without “looking” like one.
The Jewish quarter is likely overall the best area in terms of historical buildings.
Streets are reasonably wide and tidy.
In the Christian quarter, the main attraction in the church where Jewish moral leader Jesus, a pretender to the throne of the United Kingdom of Israel and Judah, was supposed crucified and buried. This thing was supposed to be where his tomb was.
Somewhere not very far was the way to crucifixion, and here he supposedly met his mother, the “virgin” Mary.
The Armenian quarter, sometimes considered a part of the Christian quarter. The most unique thing about it was the abundance of posters about the Armenian genocide.
The Temple Mount, where the mosque is at, has few buildings.
Likely the most iconic and impressive structure in the Old City.
Near the Jaffa gate is the Christian quarter at the Tower of David. By the way, one does not need to go through security and there is no gate that closes to the Old City itself. Tourists of any or no religion can also access the Old City via many other gates, contrary to what some other sites have claimed.
The church were Mary supposedly died. Clearly hearsay, of course, since the papacy has decided in the 50s that Mary had indeed flew straight to heaven instead of dying, thus being the only living saint.
Only Muslims could enter the mosque, but non-Muslims can take photos close to it.
In Mount Zion, where Jewish moral leader and pretender to the throne of the United Kingdom of Israel and Judah had his last supper.
The Muslim quarter is mostly a collection of street markets.
One interesting thing was the posters around the area showing Jesus’s lineage. It’s very interesting as it claims that Jesus comes from Adam and David, thus the heir to the throne. But if Joseph wasn’t actually his biological father, how would that make any sense whatsoever?
The walk of shame.
Some sultan built this in the Temple Mount.
Very small place where Jesus was supposedly buried. Huge queue to this.
Looking over both the Western Wall and the Temple Mount.
The tomb of The King David of the United Kingdom of Israel and Judah. Lots of people praying there.
At the Western Wall, lots of soldiers visited us. They behaved like tourists, wearing the free kippah for tourists and taking selfies and stuff. You would think being Israeli Jews, they would’ve visited this before.
I heard that there’s a secret chord, that David played and it pleased the Lord, but you don’t really care for music, do ya…?
The Western Wall is a sacred place for Jewish people as it’s supposed to be the only remaining part of the destroyed second temple (which used to be on Temple Mount).
The rock where the pretend King of Israel and Judah was supposedly crucified.
All these “Jesus did this and that here” claims reminded me of Verona where they had a balcony and a tomb for Juliet of Romeo and Juliet.
Anyone can enter and touch the Western Wall, although males and females get different parts. You are supposed to enter with your head covered, and they do offer free kippahs at one of the entrances. There is a lax security check going into the area.