In Jerusalem, the smell of Christian incense mingle with the aroma of Muslim spices, while the sound of Koran prayers weave its way magically into the whispers of Jewish myths. It is several worlds merged into one: where Christians, Jews, and Muslims live side by side. In a city where three different religions co-exist, a melange of different cultures, traditions, smells and flavors emerge.
We’ve just arrived in Jerusalem and its magic has won us over. Just one day in the old town, and we felt like we’d crossed continents and centuries, jumping back and forth between ancient days and modern times, western and eastern world. I’ll let Alberto’s photos do the talking for now – hope they give you a sense of Jerusalem’s magic.
A view of the Western Wall backdropped by the Dome of Rock.
The Dome of Rock and Mount Temple up close.
Jewsih men seek solace at the Western Wall, also known as the Wailing Wall.
The dome of the Holy Church of Sepulchre, believed to be where Jesus was crucified.
The Holy Sepulchre is also where Jesus was believed to have been buried before the resurrection.
Jerusalem’s Old Town is divided into four main quarteres: Armenian, Jewish, Christian, and Muslim. The Muslim quarters was my favorite – for its colors, glitter, and aroma.
Winding through the Muslim quarter.
Lost in the fascinating Mahane Yehuda Market.
At the market, stalls are chocked to the brim with traditional pastries.
Satiating my sweet tooth.
And that’s us happy to be here in this amazing place.
We toured Jerusalem’s old town on Abraham Hostel’s free daily tours. For more information, check out the tour details.