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Safety & Security in the Old City

Tourists wishing to travel around the Old City can rest assured that it is considered safe. There is a constant presence of police, in particular before entering the Western Wall area, and the Israeli military in the main streets of the Muslim Quarter. Furthermore, the Old City is home to Muslims, Jews, Christians and Armenians who live side by side, all enjoy the tourism industry and derive their income from managing the area’s many shops.

On Fridays, since the Muslim Quarter is particularly crowded due to masses of people praying at the Dome of the Rock and Al Aqsa Mosque, bear in mind that certain areas are closed for your safety.

Since cellular reception is not available in most parts of the Old City, we recommend that you take a map from the Tourist Information Center located at the Jaffa Gate entrance to the Old City.

You may also want to read our general safety & security article, which looks at personal safety and health precautions in general in Jerusalem, as well as the emergency services article.