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Ramparts Walk South – Audio Walking Tour in the Old City of Jerusalem

Ramparts Walk South

The tour leads us from Jaffa Gate to Kidron tombs, viewing the city both within and outside the walls, from different observation points

Time of tour: 2 to 4 hours

We start the tour from the entrance of the Ramparts Walk near to Jaffa gate and finish at the Kidron tombs, near Dung Gate. Highlights include: the Kishle, the Armenian Quarter, the Garden of Resurrection and the Jewish Quarter and the Temple Mount.

The walls surrounding the Old City of Jerusalem were built in the 16th century at the command of the Ottoman ruler Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent. For 400 years Turkish soldiers marched along the path atop the city’s ramparts, patrolling between the gates and guard towers. That path, which was recently renovated and turned into a promenade, is a unique walking route that offers unusual views of Jerusalem inside and outside the walls, looking at remnants from the past and development in the present.

The British who conquered the Holy Land from the Turks in 1917 felt a responsibility for preserving the city’s appearance and established certain standards to help safeguard its special character. Among other things, they decided that the undeveloped valleys surrounding the Old City would remain so, to serve as a green belt that would separate the old from the new. The British instituted regulations that prohibited construction adjacent to or near the walls. This approach was also adopted by Israeli planning authorities and is still in effect today.

Following the War of Independence and the capture of the Old City by the Jordanian Arab Legion, the border between Jordan and Israel was drawn close to the wall. This border divided Jerusalem for a period of 19 years, until the Six Day War. Later on the Old City Ramparts Walk was opened, as well as the Walls Around Jerusalem National Park at the foot of the walls.

Южный маршрут по стенам

В рамках экскурсии мы пройдем по удивительному отрезку южной стены, который позволит нам увидеть Иерусалим в необычном ракурсе: как внутри Старого города, так и вне его стен.

The Jerusalem Development Authority presents a Guide for the Independent Tourist.

The Old City of Jerusalem Audio Walking Tours takes you through the allies of the Old City of Jerusalem in a fascinating journey through time to a city that is the center of religious and spiritual worship for thousands of years.

Walk through the ancient quarters following 15 different tours and explore the churches, synagogues, masques and historical points of interest. Explore the colorful marketplaces and enjoy the smell of exotic local foods. Glimpse the Temple Mount compound where 3 religions meet in a focal point of worship. Visit the Western Wall, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Dome of the Rock, the Garden Tomb and many more religious iconic locations. Walk in the footsteps of Jesus, see the Temple’s cycles of birth and destruction, witness the sites of Islam.

The videos on this channel are introductions to all audio tours in the app.

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