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mapThe Jewish 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.

In the later Roman period, after the Jewish revolt (see Josephus Flavius, "The Jewish War"), it was forbidden for Jews to live in Jerusalem. It wasn't until the 13th century that a small community returned to their holy city. The district became known as the "Jewish Quarter" during the Ottman period when its population became largely Jewish.

The Old City suffered a significant amount of damage during the 1948 war and again during the 1967 war when Israel captured and annexed the Old City and much of the Palestinian territory which had been governed by Jordan. Rebuilding in the Jewish Quarter started soon after. Today most of the quarter has been modernized, although a few ruins are left here and there to give it a bit of flavour. Because of the massive reconstruction, it is the least picturesque of the quarters, but probably the most comfortable in which to live.

The Jewish Quarter contains, among other sites, the Western Wall (Wailing Wall), a number of synagogs including the ruins of the Hurva synagog (destroyed during the 1948 war), St Mary of the Germans and the German Hospice (12th century Crusader church and ruins of the hospital), the Cardo (the main shopping and business district during the Roman period), the entrance to the tunnel which runs underground along the base of the ancient Temple complex.

The Jewish Quarter is well worth visiting, but don't be surprised by the heavy security getting in, and don't expect to do much shopping there. The prices are more favourable in the rest of the Old City. However, the public facilities are clean, and the best fellafel shop we ever found was there. Just don't believe them when they tell you that fellafel is an Israeli dish - it isn't - its just one more thing they've appropriated from the Palestinians.

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Some views of the Jewish Quarter.

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Architecture of the Jewish Quarter.

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Architecture of the Jewish Quarter.

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Rothschild House, architecture of the Jewish Quarter.

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Roman column in front of Rothschild House.

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The Cardo, Byzantine era main street.

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The Broad Wall, possibly part of the fortifications built by King Hezekiah, 8th century BC.

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German Hospice.

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German Hospice, from the 12th century AD.

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German Hospice.

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Ruins of the Hurva Synagog.

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Ruins of the Hurva Synagog.

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Apartment building off Hurva Square.

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Apartment building off Hurva Square.

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Small park with ruins and bougainvillia, looking toward the Mount of Olives.

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Small park with bougainvillia.

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The Western Wall, or Wailing Wall, the only portion of the Temple still above ground.

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The Western Wall, with a glimpse of the Dome of the Rock above.

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The Western Wall.

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Ultra Orthodox at Western Wall Plaza.

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Ultra Orthodox at Western Wall Plaza.

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Ultra Orthodox at Western Wall Plaza.

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Patti

This page was updated on 26 November 2007.

Contact me at: patti.primeau@sympatico.ca

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