The Old City

Aerial Photo of Jerusalem's Old City
From the Matson Collection

An aerial view of the Old City, seen from the south.

In size and shape, Jerusalem's Old City is much the way it was left by the Crusaders almost a thousand years ago. Some of its churches were built by the Crusaders themselves, while its principal mosque, Al-Aqsa, was already aging when they arrived. The immense, twelve foot high, stone wall around the Old City was built during the reign of Sulieman the Magnificent in the sixteenth century.1

The Old City began as a suburb of The City of David, the ancient city founded by Canaanites and conquered by King David, and its known history reaches at least as far back as Solomon's Temple, built in the eastern section, known as the Noble Sanctuary, in the tenth century B.C.2

1 Mariam Shahin, Palestine, A Guide, (Northampton: Interlink Books, 2007), 306-307
2 Smithsonian, Apr2011, Vol. 42 Issue 1, 40-41, MasterFILE Premier

View of the Old City from the west
From the Matson Collection

This side view from the west, taken from the roof of the King David Hotel, shows the western wall of the Old City and the Mount of Olives beyond.

Map of the Old City

Click on the map above for a photographic tour of Jerusalem's Old City.