Jerusalem, first glimpse of the Old City

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The southern ramparts walk, the Citadel at the back

We had an early morning, had breakfast in the hostel and packed our stuff. It was time to go to Jerusalem, one of the highlights of my trip. We needed to take a bus to the bus station and asked at reception. They told us to take the 301 at the bus stop in Ha'Atzmaut street, less than 5 minutes walk from the hostel, and buy the ticket to Jerusalem in that same bus, altogether with the urban ride. Handy! That way, we didn't need to bother to buy the ticket in the bus station. Once at the station, we went straight to the bus to Jerusalem and, in less than 20min, we were on our way.

After 2h30 hours we arrived in Jerusalem Central Bus Station. Getting out of there was quite stressful, everybody pushing trying to get past the metal detector gate asap.

The southern ramparts walk, the Citadel at the back
Eventually we managed and went to pick up the bus 18 which stops just outside the big mall by the Jaffa Gate. Our hostel was just 2min walk from the gate, so the connection to the CBS was very good. The ride took 15-20min. From the bus stop there are some stairs up to the Jaffa Gate. Finally, there I was, about to enter the Old City of Jerusalem.

Entering Jerusalem Old City was like getting back in time (except for the street repair works...). It took us a couple of minutes to reach the hotel, checked in and went to the room, dropped our backpacks and went straight to the roof terrace to check out the view. It was awesome! We would enjoy a few great sunsets from there!

We went for lunch and talked about what to do for the rest of the day. We decided to do the Ramparts Walk in the afternoon.

The Dormition church, from the southern ramparts walk
We went to buy the tickets (16 shekels) and realized we didn't have time to do the two walks, so the woman who sold us the tickets told us that we could just walk one of the parts this day and the other part the following, and she will keep that in mind so we wouldn't have any problem the following day to enter the ramparts. So we walked the southern part of the walls, which is the shortest of both walks. It goes from Jaffa Gate to Dung Gate, via Zion Gate. You can't walk around the whole ramparts since the part behind the Temple Mount is closed. From Jaffa Gate to Dung Gate you'll see the Tower of David, walk around the Armenian Quarter and, outside the city walls, the Church of the Dormition and the windmill of Montefiori. We ended up at Dung Gate, just next door to the Western Wall Plaza, so we went to check it out.
The southern ramparts walk
The square is massive and really impressive. Right behind the Western Wall you can see the domes of the Rock and Al-Aqsa Mosque. So close and so far apart...

There were lots of people praying by the Wall, men at the bigger left side and women at the smaller right side. We wrote a little note and put it in the wall too. It was difficult to find a spot where the note wouldn't fall out, but after a few tries, I got it! We wandered a bit around the square, watching people come and go... that's something I've always enjoyed. After a while, we made our way back to the hostel. Leaving behing the revolving door to exit the Plaza, we started our way up to Jaffa Gate.

Not much after that... quiet time in the roof watching sunset and off for some dinner.

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The southern ramparts walk, the Ci…
The southern ramparts walk, the C…
The southern ramparts walk, the Ci…
The southern ramparts walk, the C…
The Dormition church, from the sou…
The Dormition church, from the so…
The southern ramparts walk
The southern ramparts walk
A muslim neighbourhood from the so…
A muslim neighbourhood from the s…
The southern ramparts walk
The southern ramparts walk
The Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of…
The Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome o…
The Western Wall and Dome of the R…
The Western Wall and Dome of the …
The Jewish quarter
The Jewish quarter
Soldiers in the Western Wall Plaza
Soldiers in the Western Wall Plaza
The Western Wall Plaza
The Western Wall Plaza
Soldiers in the Western Wall Plaza
Soldiers in the Western Wall Plaza
The Western Wall Plaza
The Western Wall Plaza
Prayer notes on the Wailing Wall
Prayer notes on the Wailing Wall
The Wailing Wall, leaving my praye…
The Wailing Wall, leaving my pray…
The Western Wall Plaza
The Western Wall Plaza
Through the streets of the old town
Through the streets of the old town
Through the streets of the old town
Through the streets of the old town
Through the streets of the old town
Through the streets of the old town
Through the streets of the old town
Through the streets of the old town
Through the streets of the old town
Through the streets of the old town
Through the streets of the old town
Through the streets of the old town
Some Roman ruins
Some Roman ruins
Through the streets of the old town
Through the streets of the old town
Sunset from the hotels roof terra…
Sunset from the hotel's roof terr…
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