To walk through the streets of
Jerusalem is to walk through history, biblical "landscapes" and
modern life, all combined in a mosaic of different quarters populated by
people speaking Hebrew, Arabic, English, French, Italian, Armenian, Russian,
Greek, and living according to traditions of the three monotheistic religions
- Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
We can hear
the Shofar (ram's horn) blow at the Western Wall, hear the church-bells ring and the muezzin call to prayers in the mosques.
We can see
the ultra-orthodox Jews in their black robes standing in prayers at the Wall, monks and priests kneeling in the Holy Sepulcher and thousands of Muslims hurrying through the narrow pathways to the Friday-noon prayers carrying prayer rugs.
We can smell
the chicken soup being prepared for Shabbat,
the aroma of freshly baked pittot from the little bakeries in the "shuk" (market),
and the fragrant spices in the spice-market.
You cannot leave Jerusalem without tasting
a falafel in a pitta bread with a glass of fresh orange or pomegranate juice to wash it down.
As a local tour guide, I offer you all of this (and much more) on my walking tours through the Old City of Jerusalem. I can arrange tours for the first-time visitor, who wants to get a general impression of the City, or tours with a special emphasis on Jewish topics, Christian sites, archaeological excavations, etc.
The tours of the Old City are all walking tours starting from one of the city gates, and last about 3 hours.