Israel Impressions 7: Jerusalem, Inside the Old Walled City

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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.













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