Spotlight on the Christian Quarter
Israel, in general, holds several significant Christian monuments, areas, and cities. Bethlehem, the Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes, and Capernaum are just a few. None, however, house as many cultural and religious holy places for Christians as does the Old City of Jerusalem. Tucked away amidst the sloping Jerusalem stone paths, the Christian Quarter is a treasure trove of fascination to anyone traveling in this area to behold.
One of Four
The Christian Quarter is one of the four sections that the Old City of Jerusalem is divided into. The other three are the Jewish, Armenian, and Muslim Quarters. Within the area, there are few homes, as most of the real estate is taken up by churches, monasteries, and schools, as well as educational centers.
Touring the Christian Quarter
In addition to the rich heritage you’ll take away with you from the area, the Christian Quarter has plenty of standard tourist appeal as well. There are coffee shops, restaurants, hotels, and of course, the frequent shops to buy a trinket or two for the folks back home. Even the hotels in the area are laden with history. The Casa Nova and Greek Catholic hotels, for example, were constructed to house the visitors that came to the area in times past. Don't worry; there are also more modern facilities available.
Landmark Locations to Visit
The Church of the Holy Sepulchre is the crowning glory of the quarter, and it is around this monumental structure that the entire mini-city is built. This huge arena holds tremendous significance for Christians. It is cited as the place where Jesus was circumcised, presented in the temple, and eventually crucified. What’s more, the tomb and shrine where Jesus was buried and then resurrected stands in this location too.
Additionally, you’ll find the Church of John the Baptist, The Lutheran Church of the Redemption, Church of St. John the Baptist, and the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. There are a few monasteries including the Deir El-Sultan and the Monastery of St. Saviour to visit as well.
If you’re in Israel this year, you need to visit the Christian Quarter. Packed with excitement, culture, and history – it’s one spot you don't want to miss.