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Old City of Jerusalem and its Walls

Posted by on May 30, 2009

UNESCO World Heritage Site #63: Old City of Jerusalem and its Walls

Old City of Jerusalem and its Walls: My 63rd UNESCO World Heritage Site

From the World Heritage inscription for the Old City of Jerusalem and its Walls:

As a holy city for Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, Jerusalem has always been of great symbolic importance. Among its 220 historic monuments, the Dome of the Rock stands out: built in the 7th century, it is decorated with beautiful geometric and floral motifs. It is recognized by all three religions as the site of Abraham’s sacrifice. The Wailing Wall delimits the quarters of the different religious communities, while the Resurrection rotunda in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre houses Christ’s tomb.

The old city of Jerusalem is such a small place, yet on a square meter basis, it contains more history than perhaps any other city in the world. When you walk down the streets you can get lost and still run across things which have some historical or religious significance.

This photo was taken from the Mount of Olives across the Kidron Valley. I thought the barbed wire over the city conveyed the conflict and struggle over the city, which has changed control over 40 times in its history.

View the complete list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Israel.

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