Photoblog: Scenes from the Holy City of Jerusalem

Posted on February 14, 2013 by

We’re currently traveling in Israel – exploring the historical city of Jerusalem, venturing into the Judean Desert, and hiking the Jesus Trail! Follow us on our journey here or on Twitter with the hashtag #WJIsrael.

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.

Western Wall and Dome of Rock

A view of the Western Wall backdropped by the Dome of Rock.

View of the Dome of Rock and Mount Temple

The Dome of Rock and Mount Temple up close.

Jews seeking solace at the Wailing Wall

Jewsih men seek solace at the Western Wall, also known as the Wailing Wall.

Church of Holy Sepulcre

The dome of the Holy Church of Sepulchre, believed to be where Jesus was crucified.

Christians praying

The Holy Sepulchre is also where Jesus was believed to have been buried before the resurrection.

Muslim quarters in old town

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.

Streets of Muslim quarter

Winding through the Muslim quarter.

Bustling market

Lost in the fascinating Mahane Yehuda Market.

Sweets on sale in local market

At the market, stalls are chocked to the brim with traditional pastries.

More pastries

Satiating my sweet tooth.

That's us!

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.

Disclaimer: While our trip was made possible by Abraham Hostels and Abraham Tours, all opinions expressed are our own.

About Nellie Huang

Nellie Huang is a professional travel writer and blogger with a special interest in off-grid destinations and adventure travel. Her mission is to visit every country in the world. In her quest, she's climbed an active volcano in Iceland, swam with sealions in the Galapagos, built a school in Tanzania, waddled with penguins in Antarctica, crossed into North Korea and drank beer in Palestine.

14 Responses to “Photoblog: Scenes from the Holy City of Jerusalem”

  1. Alouise February 14, 2013 3:28 pm #

    Beautiful photos. Jerusalem looks like a fascinating city.

    • @WildJunket February 17, 2013 3:04 pm #

      Thanks Alouise! Jerusalem is incredibly interesting especially for those keen on history and religion.

  2. Dan & Linda - As We Saw It February 17, 2013 8:57 am #

    Hey you guys, no fair, those photos of food are making me drool.

    • @WildJunket February 17, 2013 3:05 pm #

      I know, every time we head to the market, we can't help eating everything! Food is pretty amazing here.

  3. Migration Expert February 17, 2013 7:00 pm #

    I would love to go to Jerusalem to learn more about the birth place of Jesus. I think it will be an awesome experience!

  4. @aCouplesOdyssey April 23, 2013 12:36 pm #

    Amazing how you experience Jerusalem the same way I did. I wrote a pretty similar blog last month actually.

  5. Tom on Jerusalem December 31, 2013 9:38 am #

    Wonderful photos! Jerusalem truly is a magical city. I also found the Muslim quarter the most charming.

  6. mightytravels January 28, 2014 2:52 pm #

    Great report! I really enjoyed my tour of Jerusalems old city last year. So much that I'm already planning to go back :)

  7. Jeremy Head February 17, 2014 9:26 am #

    Hi Nellie
    Jerusalem is wonderful isn't it. I hope you get to see life across the 'other side' too though. Do make sure to visit Bethlehem if you can.


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