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Walk on the Wall Above Jerusalem's Old City - a UNESCO World Heritage Site

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A Ramparts Walk Gives A Bird's Eye View of Life in Jerusalem's Old City
walk on the ramparts high on the wall surrounding the old city

Expect lots of steps on the Ramparts Walk on the wall surrounding Jerusalem's Old City.

© Lois Friedland
We discovered quickly that visitors who take the Ramparts Walk on the ancient wall surrounding the Old City in Jerusalem, Israel, get a completely different view of life in this unique enclave that's home to three of the world's major religions - Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Most visitors walk through the streets of the Old City's four quarters - (Jewish, Muslim, Christian and Armenian), visiting sites significant to their religion, whether it's the Western Wall, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Dome of the Rock or the al-Aqsa Mosque.

We were glad we took the time to climb up and walk atop the ancient wall because the journey revealed the intensity of life both within the Old City and in the modern buildings popping up among centuries-old churches and ruins on Jerusalem's hills outside the walls. On the trip from the Jaffa Gate to the Lions Gate, we alternately walked on ancient stones laid in the 16th century, and climbed up metal stairs installed between the constantly changing levels of the wall to make the journey safer.

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