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Christian Quarter – Old City

  • Christian Quarter, Old City, Jerusalem

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Home to one of the most significant holy sites in all Christianity: the Church of the Holy Sepulchre
TripAdvisor RatingReviewed on January 25, 2018

The Christian Quarter is one of the epicenters of worldwide Christianity. It is apparently the first part of the Old City most visitors to Jerusalem see, as it lies just beyond Jaffa Gate, the traditional pilgrim's entrance to the city. A warren of broad streets connected by winding, narrow alleys, the Christian Quarter is...

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The Christian Quarter is one of the epicenters of worldwide Christianity. It is apparently the first part of the Old City most visitors to Jerusalem see, as it lies just beyond Jaffa Gate, the traditional pilgrim's entrance to the city. A warren of broad streets connected by winding, narrow alleys, the Christian Quarter is home to one of the most significant holy sites in all Christianity: the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

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Not all peace and harmony
TripAdvisor RatingReviewed on January 13, 2018

The heart of the Christian Sector is the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, where Christ was crucified, died and was resurrected in three days. There is relatively little housing in the Christian Quarter, although there are a number of hotels and guest houses, some religious and some secular There are four Quarters in the...

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The heart of the Christian Sector is the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, where Christ was crucified, died and was resurrected in three days. There is relatively little housing in the Christian Quarter, although there are a number of hotels and guest houses, some religious and some secular There are four Quarters in the Old City of Jerusalem -- Christian, Jewish, Muslim and Armenian. In this secular era, it is hard to credit that nations would go to war over this minuscule piece of ground. The Via. Dolorosa, or the Stations of the Cross, recording Christ's passion and suffering, add to the Christian Quarter's significance for Christians, particularly Roman Catholics. One often sees believers in religious garb in the Christian Quarter, and for some pilgrims, this small plot of ground is the fulfilment of a lifetime's objective -- to worship in the Holy Land. Unhappily, relations between the various Christian denominations are not always harmonious and Protestants have virtually no rights at all.

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Historic Church of St. John the Baptist in the Christian Quarter
TripAdvisor RatingReviewed on December 29, 2017

The Church of St. John the Baptist is one of the oldest churches in Jerusalem, with roots dating back to the mid 5th century. Historically, it has been a Mosque as well as a hospice during the Crusader period. However, presently it is a Greek Orthodox church. The exterior of the building is...

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The Church of St. John the Baptist is one of the oldest churches in Jerusalem, with roots dating back to the mid 5th century. Historically, it has been a Mosque as well as a hospice during the Crusader period. However, presently it is a Greek Orthodox church. The exterior of the building is being restored at present, meaning it can't be accessed at Muristan. However, if you walk back to Christian Quarter Road, you'll find a small alleyway leading to the courtyard where the church can be entered and visited. You will notice a small sign which states that the church remains open from 9am to 5pm daily but closed on Sundays. Inside you will find darkly lit rooms decorated in early Christian and Greek Orthodox manner. Attractive chandeliers hang from a ceiling and there are nicely painted images to see. Heavily gilded iconostasis and entire walls lined with beautiful iconic images can be seen. The interior is small and can be conveniently enjoyed in 5-10 minutes if you are short on time. Overall, The Church of St. John the Baptist is an interesting ancient church that many seem to skip or not know about. We really enjoyed finding and visiting while sightseeing in the Christian Quarter and would gladly return if we were to visit the city again.

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The present day city !
TripAdvisor RatingReviewed on December 21, 2017

After coming out of the Cardo and the Jewish quarters and markets - this portion of the extension of the city of Jerusalem by the Britishers is what makes Christian quarters . The no walls separating the communities and open settlements are visible . The new dwellings have the church , mosque side...

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After coming out of the Cardo and the Jewish quarters and markets - this portion of the extension of the city of Jerusalem by the Britishers is what makes Christian quarters . The no walls separating the communities and open settlements are visible . The new dwellings have the church , mosque side by side with the church bell peeling and the call from the mosque coming to ear . Enchanting .

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Not what I expected
TripAdvisor RatingReviewed on December 3, 2017

the first time I entered the Jaffa Gate, I though I was lost because it was not what I expected. the route was filled with stores! not the solemnity I expected for such a place but seeing the Church of Holy Sepulchure is worth it