Eileen & Ellery’s Fabulous Adventures in Israel #5: Jerusalem, the Muslim Quarter…

The Damascus Gate...entry to the Old City in the Muslim Quarter

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.

Jerusalem, The Muslim Quarter…

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.

Reminder: Click on one of the images below to start the slide show…

9 thoughts on “Eileen & Ellery’s Fabulous Adventures in Israel #5: Jerusalem, the Muslim Quarter…

  1. This is Great Ellery, love both of your images and the video was Amazing! Thanks so much for sharing, and as always, your descriptions and commentary add so much more.

  2. Great Shots!! Interetiing seeing how someone from outside of Israel sees us, fromt he alien’s viewpoint. Why the low viewpoint in the Muslim Quarter video?

      • I figured that was the reason. It looked like a midget took the shots, or some clandestine character incognito. At any rate better for your well-being, as it doe not take much to start a ruckus in the Old City, as there is always an undercurrent of “smiling and friendly” tension. At any rate it was interesing to see the hustle and bustle that was going on and the wide variety of characters pushing about. Typically of the dynamic character of life in Israel..

    • No Tony. Returning to states in a week. Eileen’s house is here and so is her daughter so we visit during the winter. Her other kids live in Seattle area so we get to go there as well. Also a wonderful area. Israel is extremely fascinating on many levels. Married to someone who has lived here for 40+ years allows me to do and see things I might not have done as a tourist. Also, I get time to spend with her Israeli friends and get a new look into the culture here.

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