The best spots for taking memorable photos of Jerusalem
With its limestone structures, radiant light, diverse inhabitants and architectural juxtapositions, Jerusalem is one of the most photogenic cities in the world. If you like to take photos, be sure to visit some of these great photo opps on your trip to Israel.
With a name that basically means “Lookout Mountain," Mt. Scopus is one of the best places from which to photograph the Old City. Situated right below the Hebrew University campus, the Mt. Scopus promenade looks out over the Arab neighborhood of A-Tur, the Mount of Olives, the Old City walls and the Dome of the Rock. From the Mt. Scopus amphitheater, you can catch amazing views in the direction of the Judean Desert, the Dead Sea and beyond.
You can photograph the Old City from the opposite vantage point from the other side of town too, if you stand on the Haas Promenade in Talpiot. The top of the promenade is often busy and crowded, so you may want to walk down the stairs to the lower section for more tranquility.
Yemin Moshe is one of the prettiest neighborhoods to photograph. It was built in the 1890s to counteract the overcrowding in the Old City, and its terraced cobblestone streets, low houses and flowering shrubs are extremely photogenic. The windmill in the center of the neighborhood is a favorite with photographers, and the park at the entrance to Yemin Moshe is often used for wedding photos.
The Hadassah Trail is a nature hike which starts at the parking lot of the Hadassah hospital in Ein Karem, winds around the picturesque Ein Karem neighborhood, visits the Ein Sarig and Ein Hendak springs and provides a birds-eye view of the Hadassah Medical Center campus. Download a trail map from the Hadassah Medical Center website, wear hiking shoes or sneakers and carry a big bottle of water.
To get closeup shots of the Old City from the rooftops, take the Ramparts Walk. You’ll get great photos of the Arab shuk, the Lion's Gate plaza, the Church of the Dormition and the houses of the Armenian and Muslim Quarters. You can also take photos of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Church of Flagellation, the Tower of David and the Jewish Quarter. There are two sections of the Ramparts Walk; if you’re not too tired, we recommend walking along both of them.
Legend has it that 90% of the world's beauty resides in Jerusalem, so if you're into photography and are headed this way, you might want to go into training to make sure your shutter finger is ready to start snapping all day long.