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mapThe Christian Quarter

Jeusalem Old City

The map was copied from Wikitravel.org.

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Jerusalem's Old city is divided into four districts, or "quarters" as they are known: Armenian, Christian, Jewish, and Muslim.

During the Byzantine period (the Crusades) the Christian population swelled. Naturally, Christians coming from Europe wished to settle near the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and the quarter grew up around this area. Today the quarter is packed with churches, shrines, patriarchates and hospices representing the city's many Christian sects.

The district can be entered through the Jaffa Gate, the New Gate opposite Notre Dame, or the Zion Gate. Buses usually let tourists off at the Jaffa Gate. There is some parking outside the Zion Gate.

One of the main tourist shopping areas is just inside the Jaffa Gate. Since the start of the second Intifada, there have been few tourists. Many shop keepers have gone out of business. Those still struggling to stay afloat are eager if not desperate to sell you their wares. Be prepared to haggle to get the price you want.

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Some views of the Christian Quarter.

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View of the Christian Quarter, looking toward the dome of the Rock and the Mount of Olives.

Jaffa Gate

Just outside the Jaffa Gate, the Citadel in the background.

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An ancent wall and arch in the Christian Quarter.

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View of part of the Christian Quarter.

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One of the many churches in the Christian Quarter.

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One of the many churches in the Christian Quarter.

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Ancient stairs/p>

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De LaSalle School, near the New Gate.

Lutheran church

The belltower of the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer.

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View of the Muristan from the Lutheran belltower.

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View of the dome of the Holy Sepulchre from the Lutheran belltower.

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View toward the Holy Sepulchre from the Lutheran belltower.

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View of the Christian Quarter from the Lutheran belltower.

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View of the central fountain of the Muristan from the Lutheran belltower.

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A group of older men playing backgammon and smoking a bubble pipe with their coffee. This is a common site in any Arab neighbourhood.

Muristan area

The area around the Muristan, site where the Knights Hospitallers was founded, is today full of shops and cafes.

ethiopian monk

An Ethiopian monk near the monastery atop St Helena's Chapel, at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre complex.

coptic church

Arch with cross at entrance to the square outside the Coptic orthodox Church.

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Queen Helen's Coptic Orthodox Church.

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A Coptic Shrine.

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The dome of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, at the centre of the Christian Quarter.

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Patti

This page was updated on 26 November 2007.

Contact me at: patti.primeau@sympatico.ca

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