Jerusalem: The Old City

Jerusalem’s Old City and its four quarters contain some of the most important sites to Judaism, Christianity and Islam. The Western or Wailing Wall, known in Hebrew as the ‘Kotel,’ is located in the Jewish Quarter, and is the last remnant of the ancient Jewish temples built more than 2,000 years ago. The Western Wall forms the boundary between the Jewish Quarter and Temple Mount, where the Dome of the Rock, one of the holiest places in Islam, is located. The Western Wall is a highlight for many Israeli tourists, given its historical and emotional significance and resonates as a pilgrimage point, for prayers, thoughts and notes crammed into its cracks. A short walk from the Western Wall is the Jerusalem Archaeological Park and Davidson Center, which tells the history of Temple Mount and Mount Moriah through a combination of archaeological artifacts and audio and visual aids. According to biblical tradition, the Temple Mount is where Abraham prepared to sacrifice his son Isaac in an act of faith.