Jerusalem Map

Jerusalem Map


Paths and Trails

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The Wall and Gates of Jerusalem
Bab al-‘Amud (Damascus Gate)

Bab al-‘Amud is one of the prominent examples of architecture in the 10th Century Hijra/16th Century AD, not only in Jerusalem, but in all the towns and cities of Palestine. It is the most beautiful gate of the Jerusalem Wall and the richest in terms of architectural and decorative design, not to mention its size and expansive area.




Bab al-‘Amud is located in the northern part...

Bab al-Sahira (Herod’s Gate)

Location and Name


Bab Al-Sahira is a small, modest gate, but it is richly decorative. It is located in the northern part of the Jerusalem Wall to the east of Bab al-‘Amud, leading to Harat (neighborhood) al-Sa’diyya and Harat Bab Hitta. The word al-Sahira in Arabic means the expansive level area, but its pronunciation changed to al-Zahira due to colloquial distortion. As a result, the gate...

Burj al-Laqlaq (Stork Tower)

Burj al-Laqlaq constitutes the northeast angle of the Jerusalem Wall and is located across from the Palestinian Museum (Rockefeller).




Burj al-Laqlaq was built during the reign of Ottoman Sultan Suleiman I (Suleiman al-Qanuni) in 1538-1539 AD (945 H), as indicated by the inscription on the eastern façade of the tower. It is possible that the base of this tower is ancient, but...

Bab al-Asbat (Lions’ Gate)



Bab al-Asbat is the only gate that has been open in the eastern part of the Jerusalem Wall from the time of its construction until today. The gate was linked to a group of myths that have no basis in truth and that contradict historical facts. Bab al-Asbat is accessible through an inclining road from Wadi Qadrun (Wadi Juhannam), which separates two Islamic cemetaries, known as Bab...

Bab al-Magharibah (Dung Gate)

It is noteworthy that the gate called Bab al-Magharibah today is not one of the original gates of the Jerusalem Wall. It originates from a tower that was built in 1540 AD / 947 H, and later expanded into a gate in 1953 AD to allow for the movement of cars and to facilitate the passage of those living near the Old City. Therefore, this gate is essentially an opening in the Wall and does not...

Bab al-Nabi Daoud (Zion Gate)



Bab al-Nabi Daoud is located in the western section of the southern part of the Wall. Its name originates from the fact that it was, and continues to be, a passageway leading to the shrine of the Prophet David, a large architectural complex that is commonly acknowledged by the followers of the three monotheistic religions. The majority of architectural activities on this shrine...

Bab al-Khalil (Jaffa Gate)

Location and Name


Bab al-Khalil is located in the western Wall of the Old City, near the northwest corner of the Citadel. The gate was known as Bab Mihrab Daoud in the early Islamic period, Bab Daoud in the Franks era, and today it is called Bab al-Khalil (Hebron Gate) in Arabic and Jaffa Gate in English and Hebrew.




Bab al-Khalil comprises an entrance topped by a...

The Citadel

(Entrance fee applicable. Open daily 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)




One of the most prominent features of Jerusalem, the Citadel is located in the western part of the Jerusalem Wall, near Bab al-Khalil to the south. The Citadel is a model of Islamic military architecture. It was built in a strategic location to defend the western entrance of the Old City, and the selection of this...

Bab al-Jadid (New Gate)

Bab Jadid is similar to Bab al-Magharibah, being more of an opening in the Wall than an original gate. The opening was turned into a gate in 1899 in the era of Sultan Abdel Hamid, which is why the gate is sometimes known as Bab Abdel Hamid. Bab al-Jadid is known as such (The New Gate) due to its relatively recent construction. It was opened to facilitate the movement of residents of the...

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Suqs and Bazaars
Suq Khan al-Zait

Suq Khan al-Zait is the first landmark on this trail. It is recommended to start at the northern end, as this Suq is on the road leading from the intersection a few meters south of Bab al-‘Amud (Damascus Gate) and extends to the Nabi Daoud Gate (Zion Gate) south of the city, crossing the city from north to south.


Suq Names and Sections


During the Roman and Byzantine eras, this road was...

Suq Aftimos

Towards the end of Suq Khan al-Zait and the start of Suq l-Attaien, it is recommended to walk westwards into al-Dabbagha Street to reach Suq Aftimos. A few dozen meters on, one can see the German Church of St. Savior and the arches of Suq Aftimos’ northern entrance. This is a wide space, bustling with life and architectural variety, including a Russian church, a German church, Umar Ibn...

The Bazaar

Souk Al-Bazaar can be accessed on foot by walking to the end of the Maristan Street (‘Bimaristan,’ a Persian word which means ‘hospital,’ where ‘bimar’ means ‘sick’ and ‘stan’ means ‘place’) and then heading east (left). The Bazaar is located a few steps away, on the northern side of the street.


The Bazaar’s Origin as a Hospital


Souk Al-Bazaar used to extend from Suwaiqet Alloun near...

Roofs of the Three Suqs

Roofs of the Three Suqs of Al-Attarin, al-Lahhamin, and al-Khawajat

At the eastern end of Suq al-Husur, a metal staircase leads to the roofs of al-Attarin, al-Lahhamin and al-Khawajat Suqs, as well as Khan al-Sultan. Ascending to this roof is highly recommended for a panoramic view of the Old City with its domes, minarets and towers, Mount of Olives, the Jerusalem wilderness horizon, the Dome...

The Three Suqs

The Three Suqs (al-Attarin, al-Lahhamin,al-Khawajat)


Travelers mentioned that they had never seen anything like these three Suqs in terms of organization and construction in any country, and that this is part of the beauty of Jerusalem.’

Mujir aDin al-Hanbali


Suq Al-Attarin


Suq al-Attarin is the middle one among the three Suqs and is also the middle of the cardo street, extending...

Khan Al-Sultan

After visiting the three Suqs, at the southern end of Suq al-Khawajat is the start of the street to Bab al-Silsilah. Ten meters further down, one finds the entrance to Khan al-Sultan, also known as al-Wakala. It is attributed to the Mamluk Sultan al-Zahir Barquq, who renovated it in 1386 AD (788 H). The Khan is composed of two floors, the lower of which was used for keeping animals and...

Suq al-Qattanin

The easiest way to move from Khan al-Sultan to Suq al-Qattanin is to walk down Bab al-Silsilah Street towards al-Aqsa Mosque, leaving the Khan and heading east (left), then following the Hakari Street to ‘Aqabat al-Khalidiyya, where, at the eastern end, is the western entrance to Suq al-Qattanin. It is possible to continue walking down Bab al-Silsilah Street to the next junction...

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Via Dolorosa and Churches
St. Anne’s Church – al-Salahiyya School

St. Anne’s Church, or what was once a Shafi’i Jurisprudence school known as al-Salahiyya School, is located twenty meters west of Bab al-Asbat (Lions Gate), on the northern side of al-Mujahideen Street. The site is open all week except Sunday, but closes from midday to 2 pm daily. An entry fee is charged, with local residents exempt. After entering, a rich garden meets visitors, with a statue...

Via Dolorosa 1-9

To access the first station, Via Dolorosa (in Italian) or the Way of the Cross/the Way of Sorrow as it is known in English, follow al-Mujahideen Street towards al-Wad Street, turning right as you leave St. Anne’s church, walking 400 meters and arriving at al-Umariyya School, the first station of Via Dolorosa. The location used to be known as Antonia Fortress, referring to Roman Emperor...

Church of the Holy Sepulcher

In the past, the street extended west along al-Khanqah al-Salahiyya road until a few meters after the entrance to Haralambos Monastery, where one of the entrances to the Holy Sepulcher was. This entrance was closed and later blocked. Today, to reach the ninth station which leads to the Holy Sepulcher, one has to backtrack from al-Khanqah al-Salahiyya road and go east, turn right (south) at the...

St. Alexander’s Church and Russian Excavations

Site Importance and Access


In order to get a better idea about the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and examine its concealed parts, and to identify its borders and extensions since its construction during the era of Emperor Constantine the Great, it is recommended to visit St. Alexander’s Church and the Russian excavations. Leaving the Holy Sepulcher, make a left (east) turn past the entrance...

John the Baptist Church

It is now recommended to take a rest and a drink at one of the many cafés in and around Suq Aftimos, then head to St. John the Baptist Church, characterized by its silver dome, a few meters from the Suq Aftimos fountain to the southwest. This church is located at the eastern side of the southern sector of the Christian Quarter street, near the road leading to Bab al-Khalil (Jaffa Gate). Its...

St. Mark’s Church / Syrian Monastery

St. Mark’s Church can be accessed from Prophet David Street, which crosses with the Christian Quarter Street. Turn south to Suq l-Husur and walk down the street until the intersection of St. Mark’s Church Street, south of Suq al-Bazaar and east of the Armenian Quarter, near the end of the three Suqs to the south.


Historical Background


The origins of this church date to the 5th century, but it...

Nea Church

This church is located east of Bab al-Nabi Daoud (Zion’s Gate). To access it, one must cross the Suq Al-Husur Street and join the Harat al-Sharaf Road that leads to Bab al-Nabi Daoud.


Historical Background


The remains of this church are simply a pile of rubble, from which the basic plan of the church, built by Emperor Justinian in 543 AD, was charted. This church was the greatest...

St. Jacob Armenian Cathedral / Armenian Monastery

It is easy to access St. James’ Cathedral, located inside the Armenian Monastery, accessed by walking down the paved road ahead of Nea Church to the west.


Historical Background


St. James Cathedral is one of the main features of the Armenian Quarter and Monastery. The Armenian Quarter is the northwest part of the Old City of Jerusalem. This church is also among the old churches of...

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Al-Isra and Al-Mi’raj
Qubbat al-Sakhra (Dome of the Rock)



The Dome of the Rock is located in the middle of al-Aqsa Mosque compound, centered in an open space that rises from the ground level of al- Jami’ al-Aqsa  by around four meters. This space is currently known to the people of Jerusalem as the Rock Level. It is nearly square in shape and is accessed by eight colonnades.


Nature of the Dome of the Rock


The Rock is made up of natural,...

Qubbat al-Silsilah (The Dome of the Chain)

The Dome of the Chain is located directly to the east of the Dome of the Rock. A visitor leaving the Dome of the Rock from the eastern gate will directly see the Dome of the Chain; otherwise, a walk around the structure of the Dome of the Rock will be necessary to access it.


Historical Background


The Dome of the Chain is one of the monumental buildings. According to several historical...

The Eastern Colonnade

To approach the eastern colonnade, one must leave the Dome of the Chain and walk several meters east, where a series of arches are found in the center of the eastern wall of the Dome of the Rock.


Nature of the Colonnade


There are eight colonnades around the  of the Dome of the Rock platfrom: one on the eastern side, two in the southern wall, three in the western wall and two in the...

Al-Marwani Mosque

To reach al-Marwani Mosque, the visitor must carefully walk down the steps of the Eastern Colonnade and move right (south) on the paved road that ends at the entrance of the northwest corner of al-Marwani Mosque. This entrance is one of three passageways that make up the closed triple  gate, which is located in the southern part of the al-Aqsa Mosque’s wall, between the double gate and the...

Old Al-Aqsa (Bab al-Nabi)

The structure known as the Old al-Aqsa is accessed by leaving al-Marwani Mosque and walking towards al-Jami’ al-Aqsa. Before reaching the middle of the space leading up to al-Jami’ al-Aqsa , a stone staircase leads to a door and into the Old al-Aqsa. The requirements that apply to visiting al-Marwani Mosque are also applicable here.


Nature of the Old al-Aqsa


The Old al-Aqsa refers to...

Al-Jami’ al-Aqsa

Al-Jami’ al-Aqsa refers to the rectangular building with a ceiling and seven porticoes, located nearly in the middle of the southern wall of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. The current plan shows the latest development of al-Jami’ alAqsa , the result of architectural accumulations and changes stemming from different construction stages, whose numbers and dates historians and researchers have failed to...

The Islamic Museum

The Islamic Museum makes up the southwest corner of al-Aqsa Mosque and is located a few meters west of  al-Jami’ al-Aqsa. Reaching it is as easy as reaching the other sites on this trail. The museum is undergoing a process of renovation and reorganization of its exhibits; therefore, the visit might be limited, but the project is expected to be finished soon. The hours of visiting the museum...

Al-Madrasa al-Ashrafiyya

To see Al-Ashrafiyya Madrasa, the next station on this trail, requires a walk of a few dozen meters north towards Bab al-Silsilah, one of the gates of al-Aqsa Mosque. Al-Ashrafiyya Madras is located on the western boundary of al-Aqsa Mosque between Bab al-Silsilah and Bab al-Mathara (Purification Gate), and it is the only school that has its campus on the grounds of al-Aqsa Mosque.



Al-Buraq Wall (the Western Wall)

It is sometimes difficult for many locals to visit the courtyard of al-Buraq Wall (the Western Wall or Wailing Wall) due to the extensive security measures. This could be avoided by heading towards the lookout of al-Buraq Wall. This is accessed by exiting al-Aqsa Mosque through Bab al-Silsila and walking westwards on the Bab al-Silsila street until the second intersection is reached, on the...

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Water Fountains and Troughs
Sabil (Fountain) al-Shurbaji

Sabil and Mosque al-Shurbaji is the first station of this trail. It is accessed by entering the Old City to the junction of Khan al- Zait, al-Jabsheh, Harat al-Sa’diya, and al-Wad streets. The fountain is on the western side at the beginning of the northern al-Wad Street.


Sabil al-Shurbaji  was declared a religious endowment (Waqf) in 1686 AD (1097 H), during the Ottoman era, as the...

Sisters of Zion Monastery Pool (Struthion)

To arrive at the next station, the Struthion Pool in the Sisters of Zion Monastery, one must walk down al-Wad Street towards the south, turn east (left) at the Hospice (Austrian Hostel) near the 3rd station of Via Dolorosa, and walk down Via Dolorosa until a central arch (Ecce Homo) appears at al-Zawiya al-Naqshabandiyya. Enter from the ‘Aqabat al-Rahibat (Nuns Alley) corner. Visits are...

Sabil Ibrahim al-Rumi

After visiting the Sisters of Zion Monastery pool, walk towards the street leading to Bab al-Ghawanima (across the street from the Monastery entrance), one of al-Aqsa Mosque’s gates, where you can access Sabil Ibrahim al-Rumi, after entering Bab al-Ghawanima and walking 25 meters. The Sabil is located next to Bab al-Nazir, one of al-Aqsa Mosque’s gates.


Names of the Sabil and Description...

Sabil Mustafa Agha

A short walk of about 20 meters southwest of Bab al-Nazir leads to this Sabil, located in the northwestern part of al-Aqsa Mosque courtyard.


Sabil’s Names and Location


Sabil Mustafa Agha is actually the smallest and most beautiful of al-Aqsa Mosque’s Sabils. It was known as Sabil al-Shaikh Budair and Sabil ’Uthman al-Fiqari. It was built at the northwestern corner of a stone  mastaba...

Sabil Qaytbay

After visiting the smallest Sabil in al-Aqsa Mosque and identifying its ornaments, we move to the grandest and largest of al-Aqsa Sabils, namely, the Sabil of the Mamluk Sultan al-Ashraf abu al-Nasr Qaytbay. This requires walking south a few dozen meters towards l-jami’ al-Aqsa , passing Bab al-Hadid, and reaching the Sabil between Westren Colonnade  stairs and the entrance to Suq al-Qattanin...

Sabil Qasim Pasha

Next is Sabil Qasim Pasha, along the same axis as Sabil Qaytbay, separated from it by a distinguished fountain in al-Aqsa Mosque known as the Naranj Pool. In other words, this Sabil is a bare 10 meters away from Sabil Qaytbay.


Sabil Qasim Pasha is unique in its design and different from other Jerusalem and al-Aqsa Mosque Sabils. It is the first  monument  built during the Ottoman era in...

Sabil Bab al-Silsila (Chain Gate)

To reach Sabil Bab al-Silsila, one should leave al-Aqsa Mosque from Bab al-Silsila, which is very close to Sabil Qasim Pasha. Sabil Bab al-Silsila is located directly across from the gate with a new excavation site in front of it, showing the former level of Bab al-Silsila Street.


Date and Type of Structure


Sabil Bab al-Silsila dates back to the Ottoman era and was built in 1536 - 37...

Sabil Al-Khalidi

This Sabil is located on the northern side of Bab al-Silsila immediately at the beginning of al-‘Ain (spring) steps connecting al-Wad Street and Bab al-Silsila Street. Access to it is easy, requiring a short walk along Bab al-Silsila Street until the first crossing to the right, namely, al-‘Ain steps crossing.


Al-Sabil Founder and the Khalidi Family


The founder who  assigned  this...

Barka Khan Mausoleum Drinking Fountain

Walking further down Bab al-Silsila Street takes the visitor to the next station of Barka Khan Drinking Fountain, where the fountain is located along the northern side of Hussam a-Din Baraka Khan mausoleum, to the west of Sabil al-Khalidi at the crossing leading to ‘Aqabat abi Midyan and al-Buraq Noble Wall(Western Wall).


Name and Location


Barka Khan Mausoleum is currently known as...

Suq Aftimos Fountain

This unique fountain is located in the middle of Suq Aftimos, the newest Suq in Jerusalem. To arrive at the fountain, continue down Bab al-Silsilah Street to its end then turn right (north) where the three Suqs start (al-Khawajat, al-‘Attarin, and al-Lahhamin). Continue towards Bab al-Khalil, turning right again at the beginning of the Bimaristan Street where the fountain is located, a few...

Helena’s Well

To see the last station of the Fountains Trail, the visitor should go to the Coptic Monastery, or the 9th station of Via Dolorosa. This is done either through the Church of the Holy Sepulcher courtyard, where the Four Knights and Small Angel entrance is, or by walking through Khan al- Zait Street and turning at the Zalatimo shop, until reaching the Coptic Convent.


The well is accessed...

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Women’s Architecture
Qasr al-Sitt Tunshuqal-Muzaffariyya

Qasr al-Sitt Tunshuq is the first building on this trail. It can be accessed through al-Wad Street by turning west at the crossroads of the Bab al-Nazir Road that leads to al-Aqsa Mosque. It can also be accessed through Khan al- Zait Road by turning east at the crossroads of ‘Aqabat al-Takkiyya street. After making the turn, one must walk some distance to reach the façade of the palace, which...

Turbat al-Sitt Tunshuq

Seeing the many aspects of al-Sitt Tunshuq’s life, as well as the beauty of the architectural façade, and comtemplating the content and message included in the Quranic verse found on the façade, which calls for optimism and not despairing, regardless of difficulties, it would be worthwhile to pay special attention to this lady’s mausoleum and pray for mercy for her soul.


A Miniature of...

Al-‘Imara al-‘Amira

Moving on to the first part of this station of the trail is effortless. It only involves remaining in the same place and contemplating a fourth entrance that is simpler in shape and less decorated than the entrances of  al-Sitt Tunshuq Palace. This is the north entrance of the Al- ‘Imara al-‘Amira  architectural complex, where one has the opportunity to visit the kitchen during the...

Turbat Turkan Khatun

Turbat Turkan Khatun is the next station in this trail. To get to it, one must return to the al-Wad Street at the Suq al-Qattanin doorway, walk southwards where the entrance of al-Buraq Wall is, then walk up the Daraj al-‘Ayn Road towards Bab al-Silsila Road and eastwards. Turbat Turkan Khatun is located in the Bab al-Silsila Road between Daraj al-‘Ayn and Bab al-Silsila of al-Aqsa...

Al-Madrasa Al-’Uthmaniyya

To continue on this trail, one must head towards al-Aqsa Mosque through Bab al-Silsila, turn north (left of the entrance) and reach al-Mathara (purification) Gate. Directly to the left of the entrance is the façade of al-Madrasa al- ‘Uthmaniyya.


Location and Founder


The ‘Uthmaniyya  School is located on the western wall of al-Aqsa Mosque to the south of Bab al-Mutawada’, between the door of...

Al-Madrasah Al-Khatuniyya

After enjoying the structure and decorations of the ‘Uthmaniyya School, one reaches al-Madrasa al-Khatuniyya by passing through the eastern entrance of Suq al-Qattanin that overlooks al-Aqsa Mosque. One must notice the difference between this entrance and the west entrance, which was seen while going through the south entrance of the al-‘Imara  al-‘Amira .


Location and...

Al-Madrasah al-Ghadiriyya

Location and Founder


Al-Madrasa (School) al-Ghadiriyya is located in the northern part of al-Aqsa Mosque, between Bab al-Asbat and Bab Hittah. This school is attributed to Misr Khatun, wife of Nasri al-Din Muhammad ibn Dilghar, the Turkuma Prince of the Dilghar province. The Ghdiriyya  had a large and generous religious endowment. A large part of the school’s roof has collapsed and remains in...

Al-Ribat al-Mardini

Leaving al-Aqsa Mosque through Bab Hittah towards the north, the last station of this trail can be seen. Al-Ribatal-Mardini is located on the western side of Bab Hittah Street, to the north of al-’Awhadiyya Turba.


Al-Ribat’s Units and Founders


Al-Ribat is composed of an entrance above which is a pointed arch, leading to a distributor  vestibule to two large halls, each covered by a dome. To...

الرباط المارديني

وبالخروج من المسجد الاقصى عبر باب حطة باتجاه الشمال، يمكن مشاهدة اخر محطات هذا المسار حيث يقع الرباط المارديني في الجانب الغربي من طريق باب حطة الى الشمال من التربة الاوحدية .


وحدات الرباط ومؤسسيه

يتكون الرباط من مدخل...

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Sufi Institutions and Religious Schools
Al-Zawiya al-Adhamiyya

Activities of the Sufi institutions were not restricted to the Old City of Jerusalem and the vicinity of al-Aqsa Mosque, but extended outside the city walls and the surrounding region. A number of Zawiyas were established in the Ayyubid era, including the Jarrahiyya Zawiya in Shaikh Jarrah neighborhood, and al-Mansuriyya  and al-As’adiyyh Zawiyas on the Mount of Olives during the Ottoman era....

Al-Khanqa al-Dawadariyya

To reach al-Dawadariyya, one should walk towards Bab al ‘Atm street, one of the north al-Aqsa Mosque gates, by entering Bab al-Sahira (Herod’s Gate) and walking down al-Qadisiyya street until its southern end, then turning east at the Mujahidin street. A few meters on, turn right to Bab al-‘Atm. It is not possible to enter the  Dawadariyya because it is presently a school for children with...

Al-Zawiya al-Qadiriyya (Al-Afghaniyya)

To visit al-Qadiriyya, one should backtrack to Mujahidin Street and walk towards al-Wad Street, turn left at Barquq Street, and walk a few dozen meters to the southern corner of al-Zawiya al-Qadiriyya. This Zawiya maintained its original architectural character and continues to perform its mission. Its followers insist on appearing at the Zawiya and meeting with their esteemed Shaikh ‘Abed al-...

Al-Ribat Al-Mansouri

Visiting this station requires leaving al-Qadiriyya through -Barqouq Street to al-Wad Street, walking until Al-Nzhir Gate crossing and ‘Aqabat al-Takiyya, then turning left and walking until just before Bab-al-Nazhir Gate leading to al-Aqsa Mosque. The Ribat is located at the southern side of Bab al-Nazir, across from ‘Ala’ al-Din Al-Basir Ribat. It is possible to visit al-Ribat’s facilities,...

Al-Zawiya Al-Qiramiyya

Al-Zawiya al-Qiramiyya is located in the heart of the Old City, on the eastern side of Qirami Street, which branches out from ‘Aqabat al-Khalidiyya Street. To get there, the visitor should backtrack to al-Wad Street and walk until the western entrance of Suq al-Qattanin (Cotton Traders’ Market), then turn right and ascend ‘Aqabat al-Khalidiyya Street to its end, heading to al-Qirami...

Al-Khanqa Al-Salahiyya

The last station of this trail is the first Sufi institution established and still existing in Jerusalem. Leaving al-Zawiya al-Qiramiyya, head to ‘Aqabat Al-Saraya Street and turn left, until the crossing between Khan al-Zait and Soq al-Attarin, and head towards the Holy Sepulcher Church until you reach the Christian Quarter. Follow the street to its northern end, where al-Khanqa l-Salahiyya...

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The Mosaic Architecture
The Palestinian Museum (Rockefeller) Building

The first station of this trail is the Palestinian Museum building, located at the end of the Sultan Suleiman al-Qanuni Street (No. 27), east of al-Madrasa al-Rashidiyya (al-Rashidiyya School), across the northeast corner of the Jerusalem Wall, where Burj (Tower) al-Laqlaq) is located. The Museum is open Sunday through Thursday, from 10 am to 3 pm. It is also open on Saturdays from 10 am to 2...

Al-Madrasa Al-Rashidiyyah

Al-Madrasa al-Rashidiyya is located a few meters from the Palestine Museum building. In most cases, entry to the premises is permitted, especially during school days (with the exception of Friday and Sunday) during the morning hours.


The school is one of the main educational features of the city, with many generations studying and graduating from it over the years, including this writer....

Entrance of the Awqaf

(Religious Endowments Building, currently Al-Hayat Medical Center)

After examining al-Rashidiyya School building, one can move to the corner of Suleiman al-Qanuni and Salah al-Din al-Ayyubi streets, across from Bab al-Sahira, and a few meters down along Sultan Suleiman street.


Modern Buildings Adorned with Heritage Motifs


This refers to  curious entrance, which has old features and is...

American School for Archaeological Research

To access this next station of the trail, one has to walk down Salah al-Din street until it crosses with al-Zahra street, a fairly short walk which presents the opportunity to witness commercial life outside the Old City. At the north corner of the crossing, one can see a building surrounded by an iron fence, with a garden full of high trees, pink shrubs and green grass. This is the Albright...

St. George’s Cathedral (St. George’s School)

A large stone tower can be seen from the entrance of the American School for Archaeological Research, a few dozen meters north. It is the tower of St. George’s Cathedral, our next station in the Mosaic Trail. To arrive there, one should walk until the end of Salah al-Din Street and the beginning of Nablus Street. After admiring the tower from among the trees, with its high buildings and four...

Hindiyya Building

To arrive at the Hindiyya building, the next station of this trail, it is preferable to walk south 500 meters down Nablus Street towards Bab al-‘Amud. On the south, one can see a group of buildings which include the YMCA hotel, the American Consulate building, Sa’d and Sa’id Mosque, the bus station, and the Columbia building, arriving at Hindiyya building at the crossing between the end of...

Bab al-Jadid (1899)

After observing the architectural fabric and the current chaos of signs covering the Hindiyya building façade, the visitor is advised to cross the street towards Bab al-‘Amud, walking alongside the City Wall northwards and reaching an opening in the wall, then ascending slightly towards ‘Aqabat al-Manzel.


This simple opening is known as Bab al-Jadid, located across the street from the St....

Imperial Hotel

In order to reach Imperial Hotel, enter through Bab al-Jadid and walk south until the street crosses Casanova Street. Here, the author will not direct visitors, but prefers to leave them to find their own way, walking through the maze of allies, following their natural instincts and finding the directions which lead to the Imperial Hotel. Whatever the choice of direction, the allies lead to...

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The Mount of Olives
Al-Muttala’ Hospital Compound

Nature and Names of the Compound

Al-Muttala’ Hospital compound is a public park with a beautiful group of buildings, most prominent of which is the hospital building, the German Church of Ascension, the German Archaeological Institute (Hostel), a kindergarten, and technical workshops. The site was named after Augusta Victoria, wife of German Emperor Wilhelm II, both of whom visited Jerusalem...

Salman al-Farisi Mausoleum and Mosque

The southern part of the Rabi’a al-‘Adawiyya street leads to the Salman al-Farisi Mausoleum (maqam)and Mosque, located in the eastern part of the cemetery of al-Tur village, close to the Russian Ascension Church tower. To arrive at the monument, one must cross the Rabi’a al-‘Adawiyya street passing through al-Tur and al-Maqased Hospital crossing, turning left (east).


Companion Salman...

Al-Suwud (Ascension) Dome Mosque

To arrive at this station, one should return to the main road and walk a few meters to the curve, where a small, humble minaret can be seen, preceded by a few ascending steps.


Al-Su’wud referred to the ascension of Jesus Christ to heaven, which was mentioned in three books of the New Testament, without specifying a spot where the act took place. The Ascension was also mentioned in the Holy...

Al-Zawiya Al-Asa’adiyya

Location and Founder

The Zawiyya is located on the Mount of Olives, next to the Ascension Mosque and Dome. It was established by Shaikh al-Islam, As’ad Afandi ibn Hassan al-Tabrizi, the  Chief Judge of Istanbul, Military Judge and Mufti of the Ottoman Caliphate (1570 - 1625 AD / 978 - 1034 H). As’ad Afandi endowed the Zawiyya in favor of the famous Sufi, Shaikh Muhammad ibn Umar ibn Muhammad...

Church of the Pater Noster

Location and Origin


Located a few meters south of al-Zawiyya al-As’adiyah on the street to Shayyah, the Church of Pater Noster is among the prominent churches of the Mount of Olives, where Jesus Christ taught his disciples how to pray. It is also among the oldest churches of the Holy Land, like the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and the Nativity Church in Bethlehem. It was built by Emperor...

The Seven Arches Hotel Overlook

Leaving the Church of the Pater Noster and turning right takes the visitor to al-Shayyah and al-‘Izariyya. Turning north takes the visitor to the Seven Arches Hotel (formerly the Intercontinental) where the spectacular view provides an artistic image of Jerusalem, with the Qadron Valley and Silwan in the foreground, al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock in the middle, and the domes of the...

The Church of Dominus Flevit (The Lord Wept)

From the overlook, walkcarefully down the Mount of Olives to the Church of Dominus Flevit on the northern side, adjacent to the Jewish cemetery.


This is one of the famous churches, commemorating Christ’s vision of the destruction of Jerusalem, despite its development and prosperity, and where He cried, lamenting this fate of the city. This is a small, modern church, designed by Italian...

Church of Gethsemane

Complete quiet and respect should be observed inside this church, which symbolizes the tragic event of betrayal and apprehension, which Christ knew of beforehand. The church interior is intentionally darkened to accentuate the event and its significance.


Names of the Church


The Church of Gethsemane (Church of All Nations) carries special significance because a large number of European...

Tomb of the Virgin Mary Church

The Tomb of the Virgin Mary Church, our next station in this trail, is located a few meters from the Gethsemane Church. A few steps descend towards an open courtyard in front of the church entrance.


The Tomb of the Virgin Mary Church is one of the old, famous churches of Jerusalem. It is believed that the tomb of Virgin Mary, the Mother of Christ, is located in the church. The origin of...

Tomb and Dome of Mujir al-Din

Ascending back from the Tomb of the Virgin Mary’s Church, reaching the old Jerusalem-Jericho road level, one can see a small but impressive dome, housing the tomb of Mujir al-Din, Jerusalem and Hebron historian. This is the last station of this trail.


Who was Mujir Eddin?

Mujir al-Din ‘Abed al-Rahman abu al-Yaman al-Umari al-‘Alaimi was a scholar, a judge, and a historian, and the author...

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Jerusalem Wilderness
The Mount of Olives Jerusalem Wilderness Viewpoint

Bus 75 from Bab al-‘Amud Bus Terminal in Sultan Suleiman Street makes a stop at the viewpoint. If driving, head east to the Mount of Olives through the al-Tour ascent to al-Muttal’h Hospital (Augusta Victoria), where the viewpoint is located a few meters north. Alternatively, take the Wadi al-Joz Street towards the Hebrew University Tunnel. Exit right before the tunnel and drive up to the...

Al-’Uzair (Lazarus) Mosque

The next station in this trail is a-’Uzair Mosque and al-‘Azariyya (Bethany) Church. For those using public transport, return to the Bab al-‘Amud Bus Station and take the bus to al-‘Azariiyya. For those using private transport, drive to the Jerusalem - Jericho road, through the Wadi al-Joz tunnel, and follow the Route 417 signs to Ma’ale Adomim and on to the center of al-‘Azariyya. The Mosque...

Wadi al-Qilt, Jericho Valley

The next station of this trail is Wadi al-Qilt, accessed from the Jerusalem - Jericho road (Route No. 1). Follow the signs, and after driving about 6 kilometers after Mishor Adumim, turn left at the Mitzpe Jericho sign. The valley can also be approached from Jericho. In the past, the road was open in both directions, but at present, the road is open until the entrance of St. George Monastery...

Desert Priesthood / St. George (Coziba) Monastery


The Most Famous Monastery in the Jerusalem Wilderness

During the Byzantine period, a phenomenon spread among the religious community, namely, a group of monastic monks leaving cities to lead secluded lives in remote areas of the Jerusalem desert. The movement started in Egyptian rural areas and spread and deepened into Palestine, where archaeological excavations revealed about 80 locations in...

Prophet Moses Mausoleum and Compound

After visiting Wadi al-Qilt and the Monastery, return to the Jerusalem - Jericho road, at the Jericho sign, and head for Jericho. Six kilometers down the road, follow the signs to Nabi Mousa Mausoleum, east of Jerusalem.


The Mausoleum is located south of Jericho in a remote desert area with sparse vegetation, amid sand dunes, overlooking the Dead Sea. A number of motives were behind building...

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Nablus Road
White Sisters
The White Sisters is a convent and a guesthouse. We are Franciscans with the spirit of Saint Francis of Assisi and have been in the Holy Land since the beginning of the 1900s and on Nablus Road since 1909. We are an International Community, including sisters from the Arab World, who vowed to live and offer their whole being for the life of the world.
Jerusalem Ramallah Bus Company
Established in 2004 to provide commuting services to Palestinians in the city of East Jerusalem and its neighborhoods. The Jerusalem Ramallah Bus Company is part of the East Jerusalem United Transportation Association, which owns a total of 320 mini busses and 20 big busses. The Association managed to reclaim the public transportation service in Jerusalem after many years of fragmentation,...
Educational Bookshop
Established over twenty years ago, to provide educational and cultural study material about Palestine and the Middle East, in several languages. It is a unique place with a book collection that covers all aspects of Middle Eastern history, culture and politics. Today, the Educational Bookshop is the place to be for authors, readers and the general public from around the world. The bookshop...
The Garden Tomb
A Haven of Peace, A Place of Hope, An Empty Tomb”. The Garden Tomb is a Christian Holy Site owned and administered by The Garden Tomb (Jerusalem) Association, a Christian non-denominational charitable trust based in the United Kingdom. The beautiful gardens provide a place of pilgrimage and interest for people from around the world who come to celebrate the Crucifixion and Resurrection of...
Jerusalem Hotel
We are a small family-run heritage hotel offering a unique Palestinian cultural ambience and service. Our hotel started in 1950 as a small guesthouse. Formerly, the location was once an Ottoman police station, a family house and a school respectively. The Building sits on the ruins of a Byzantine church from the fourth century, which was probably destroyed during the Persian invasion in the...
Convent St. Etienne Ecole Biblique
The Empress Eudocia built the original church in the middle of the fifth century to house the Relics of St. Stephen, the first Christian Martyr, and the adjoining Monastery complex served as a meeting-place for 10,000 monks in 516. After a Persian destruction of the church and the monastery (614), the Crusaders first rebuilt and then destroyed it in 1187 to avoid giving Salah Id-Din a base...
St. Thomas Church
The residence of the Exarchate shared the vicissitudes of the wars and revolutions that took place between 1900 and 1973. In 1973, it purchased a property and settled definitively at 6 Chaldean Street. In 1986 the church of Saint Thomas was built along with other facilities that include the Saint Thomas Center for Pilgrims. The St. Thomas Home offers simple lodging for pilgrims to the Holy...
Was established in 2007 in a building constructed in 1905 during the Ottoman period. When it was first established it served as a residence for 30 years. It was then, one of the few buildings outside the Old City. For the next 25 years it became the center of the Arab Socialist Baath Party (Hizb Al-Baath Al-Arabi). When the Jordanian government closed all the Baath Party offices in the region...
Sa’ad and Sa’eed mosque
The mosque is part of Al-Masoudiyyeh, a late nineteenth century neighborhood better known as Sa’ed and Sa’id. Houses were initially erected during 1870-1890 and again during 1895-1918 around an administrative Ottoman building in the center of the neighborhood. In 1905 there were 119 Jerusalem families living in the neighborhood. A traveler Khan known as Sa’ed and Sa’id, linked to the Islamic...
Sindibad Travel Tourist Agency
Sindbad Travel Tourist Agency Jerusalem opened in 1957. In 1991 Mr. Gabriel Abdalla acquired the travel agency. Mr. Abdalla, a travel expert and professor of tourism at the Israeli School of Tourism in Jerusalem and at Bethlehem University is a pioneer of tourism and the travel industry, and is active both locally and internationally. The Sindbad staff is competent and professional, and...
St George Hotel
A bijou hotel offering a range of accommodations including Junior Suites, Executive Rooms, Family Executive Rooms, Superior Rooms, Premium Rooms, and Special needs’ rooms. Each room category has been designed to suit corporate, leisure & pilgrimage guests’ needs. All rooms are fully equipped with luxurious amenities, comfortable furniture and complimentary Wi-Fi, aiming to provide domestic and...
Albright Institute for Archeological Research
Founded in 1900, it is the oldest American research center for ancient Near Eastern studies in the Middle East. It was called the American School of Oriental Research (ASOR), but was renamed in 1970 after its distinguished director, William Foxwell Albright. Dedicated to the advancement of the study of the literature, history and culture of the ancient Near East, including the disciplines of...
The Armenian Ceramics of Jerusalem-Balian
Balian family of Jerusalem has been producing exclusive hand painted ceramic tiles and pottery since 1922. The family’s grandfather, Neshan Balian, came to Jerusalem in 1917 from Kutahya, Turkey. Prior to the arrival of Neshan Balian to Palestine, the production of decorative ceramic tiles and pottery in this region did not exist at all. The tiles and pottery of Balian Armenian Ceramics have...
The YMCA is a youth and community based national Palestinian organization based in Jerusalem. The YMCA started in East Jerusalem after the division of the city in 1948 when access to the International YMCA on King David Street was terminated. Hence, the essence of this initiative was linked to the catastrophe that befell the Palestinian people and the emergence of the need to forge a dynamic...
Legacy Hotel
The Legacy Hotel came to the YMCA in an initiative to revive the legacy of this greatly respected landmark after the economic situation in the city forced the institution’s Elia Capitolina hotel to close its doors in 2002. The Legacy Hotel provides its guests with a friendly and intimate facility equipped with many modern services, a fitness center, free WiFi access and free private parking....
British Council

The British Council is the United Kingdom's organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. Our purpose is to create international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries and build trust between them worldwide.

We use English, arts, education and society, the best of UK’s cultural assets, to bring people together and to attract partners to work with...

Palestinian Heritage Museum

The Begining


The concept of establishing aPalestinian Heritage Museum was first thought of by the late Ms Hind Husseini in 1962 with the emergence of an urgent need for informing the outside world and Local Community alike about the rich and ancient Palestinian Popular and Traditional Heritage. Museum items were accumulated initially from local Palestinians’ private donations in addition...

Addar Hotel
The hotel is owned by Mohammed Nuseibeh. It was built in 1870 and used as a clinic, office spaces and other purposes during its history. Mohammed Nuseibeh’s Engineering and Contracting Firm designed and managed the Nuseibeh Neighborhood, the first Palestinian Neighborhood in Beit Hanini from this location. The office building was converted to a hotel in 1997 providing the first such project...
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Jerusalem Special Packages
The Jerusalem Mosaic


The Jerusalem Mosaic 

Uncovering Centuries of History, Religion and Culture



Who are the Jerusalemites?

A family tour experiencing the original Jerusalemites; who live inside the walls of Jerusalem. Getting the chance to meeting the diverse communities including Copts, Armenians, Africans, Afghans, Gypsies and Indians. Visit the old schools and khan el zeit market through...

The Crusader Experience


The Crusader Experience

Live the history of Jerusalem by participating in the crusader experience



A spectacular family walk along the old city wall by participating in the crusader's experience; understanding the real history of crusaders and their famous locations by visiting the following:


Price includes:

Light Lunch (Shawermah Sandwich with a drink) in the Old city.


Jerusalem in the footsteps of Islam


Third Package: Jerusalem … in the footsteps of Islam

Live the Islamic history and culture 




A spectacular walk for all family members along the Old City wall, visiting the following:



Price includes:

- Light Lunch (Shawermah Sandwich with a drink) in the Old city.

Arabic / English speaking guide one full day.


Price doesn't Include:

Tip for guide.