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Back to the Future – Old City, Jerusalem

January 5, 2016

I never got to post my photos from my visit to the Old City of Jerusalem last June. Talk about history! I mean this place has such an ancient feeling the moment you step into it. Old City is a walled-in area (.9 square km to be exact) within the city of Jerusalem that used to represent the whole city until they expanded outwards. It’s broken into four different quarters of religious and cultural importance – the Muslim Quarter, Christian Quarter, Armenian Quarter and the Jewish Quarter. I mean when Alex and I walked in there, we had no idea what to expect. His family is Armenian on his mom’s side, so we did a beautiful tour of the Armenian Quarter and got to see some amazing churches (and yes, the one where Kim K. brought North West to get baptized). They were renovating one church and photos weren’t allowed, but I snuck one in. And I’m glad I did; it was the most beautiful place I’ve ever seen. I mean check it out below (plus some other shots from the Armenian Quarter).
 
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After the tour, we just ran around like little kids to every other part we could reach. It’s like a maze in the Old City, and each section has such a distinct feel and vibe. Here’s the Christian and Jewish Quarter below. Bring money and go shopping, and definitely go see the Western Wall (or Wailing Wall) where people from all over the world come and put their wishes or prayers on a note and into the wall.
 
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Last but not least is the Muslim Quarter, which is also the most packed population-wise. The Dome of the Rock can be found in this quarter for Muslims only. I didn’t want to leave Alex alone, so I skipped going in to see it. Check out what else we saw in this quarter though, followed by the final look at one of the most epic gates I’ve ever seen.
 
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Overall, not a bad day sightseeing in one of the most historic places on this planet. Phew!

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