Israel Impressions 7: Jerusalem, Inside the Old Walled City

May 18, 2013

Tower of David, the walled Old City of Jerusalem

Tower of David, the walled Old City of Jerusalem

Rooftop view of the Old City of Jerusalem from atop the Austrian hospice

Rooftop view of the Old City of Jerusalem from above the Armenian Cafe

The Old City of Jerusalem is a labyrinth of narrow streets contained in a walled fortress, with access by one of seven gates:  the Golden (or Lion) gate, Herod’s Gate, the Damascus Gate, the New Gate, the Jaffa Gate, the Zion Gate, and the Dung Gate.  Inside the walls is the Temple Mount with the Dome of the Rock and the Western Wall.  The city has four neighborhoods:  the Muslim Quarter, the Christian Quarter, the Armenian Quarter, and the Jewish Quarter.  Vendors, elbow to elbow in the narrow corridors of the souk, vie for buyers.  Christian pilgrims walk the Via Dolorosa and visit churches commemorating the life of Jesus.  Children go to school.  People live here, as evidenced by the water tanks, satellite dishes, and hanging laundry in the rooftop view above.  It is a busy and vibrant place.

Wall decoration at the Lion Gate

Wall decoration at the Lion Gate

Arab women sorting grape leaves in the market

Arab women sorting grape leaves in the market

Carrying an empty bread tray on his head

Carrying an empty bread tray on his head

Behind the scenes view from the roof of the Austrian hospice

Behind the scenes view from the roof of the Austrian hospice

Old shutters, hanging laundry

Old shutters, hanging laundry

In the souk, a vendor sweeping in front of her stall

In the souk, a vendor sweeping in front of her stall

Metal door sculpture along the Via Dolorosa

Metal door sculpture along the Via Dolorosa

Armed Israeli soldiers patrol the streets

Armed Israeli soldiers patrol the streets

Japanese tourists take photos of armed soldiers

Japanese tourists take photos of Israeli soldiers

Plein air painter in the Old City

Plein air painter in the Old City

Jewish Quarter

Jewish Quarter

In the Jewish Quarter, Old City, Jerusalem

In the Jewish Quarter, Old City, Jerusalem

Jewish Quarter, Old City, Jerusalem

Jewish Quarter, Old City, Jerusalem

Western Wall, focus of prayer for Jews from around the world

Western Wall, focus of prayer for Jews from around the world

Men's and women's sections of the Western Wall

Men’s and women’s sections of the Western Wall

Visiting the Western Wall at sunset

Visiting the Western Wall at sunset

The next day, bar mitzvah celebrations at the Western Wall

The next day, bar mitzvah celebrations at the Western Wall

And the bar mitzvah celebrations carried over into the streets of the Jewish Quarter

And the bar mitzvah celebrations carried over into the streets of the Jewish Quarter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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7 Responses to “Israel Impressions 7: Jerusalem, Inside the Old Walled City”

  1. shoreacres Says:

    There are several photos here that are just so good – like the painter. But I think my favorite is the second. For one thing, it looks remarkably like a cubist painting. For another, look at the mix of crosses and minarets – so many! And the rain barrels are wonderful.

    • Rosemary Says:

      Hot water heaters on the roofs of buildings — I saw this all over in Israel. And the silhouettes of the domes and minarets — that also says Israel to me. I should try my hand at painting one of those rooftop views, so cluttered until you take the time to really look at each thing.

  2. Lynne Says:

    Great photos, Rosemary! I especially like the plein air painter – you’ve caught him with just the perfect expression!

  3. Chris Says:

    These are amazing photos Rosemary! You must have felt like you stepped back in time…so much is unchanged for thousands of years!!…what is the Austrian hospice? I loved those flowers spilling over the walls…what beautiful, vibrant colors against the soft beige!

    • Rosemary Says:

      The Austrian hospice I believe was formerly a hospice, now a lodging for pilgrims right in the Old City Jerusalem. We did not stay there, but there is a cafe and we were able to take the stairs to the roof to see the view. If you google Austrian hospice Jerusalem, you can find out more about it.


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