The Old City of Jerusalem is that part of Jerusalem surrounded by the impressive 16th century Ottoman city walls and representing the heart of the city both historically and spiritually. In a city already divided, the Old City is further divided culturally and historically into four Quarters: the Jewish Quarter, the Armenian Quarter, the Christian Quarter and the Muslim Quarter
The Old City is fairly small in size compared to modern-day Jerusalem. Despite its small size, or perhaps because of it, the Old City is amazing. Much of the Old City is only accessible by walking because of very narrow streets and steps in the road. This is not a great inconvenience because the Old City is only about 1 kilometer across. The Old City is a maze of twisty alleyways and it’s difficult to keep your bearings even with a map. Then again, getting lost is half the fun—you can’t get too lost due to its size.
Of course while heading to The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Eileen and I once again got lost. The church is located in the Christian Quarter but we made a left instead of a right, (and this was with a map), so we wound up in the Muslim Quarter. The Muslim Quarter is always a busy place with lots of activity in the streets. The following video shows the Muslim Quarter as we entered it looking for the church.
Taking photographs of people in The Old City is kind of tricky. Unlike in Cuba and in San Miguel de Allende, most people do not like their picture taken and will turn their heads or hold up their hand blocking their face so as not to be seen. One vegetable vendor, an old Muslim lady, actually got off from the floor where she was selling her wares, grabbed a stick and started after me. I was just sorry that I wasn’t shooting video. Another vendor in the video above can be seen raising her hand so as not to be caught by the camera. Hey, it was only an iPhone! Below are some images in the Muslim Quarter that Eileen and I managed to take.
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