The Christian Quarter
Woven into the rich tapestry of Jerusalem’s religious diversity, the Christian Quarter is home to significant Christian landmarks, institutions, and some 5,000 residents. At the heart of the Quarter lies the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. By centuries-old tradition, this monumental church encompasses the Golgotha, Jesus’ crucifixion site, and the tomb of his burial and resurrection. The Via Dolorosa, the “Way of Sorrows,” winds its way through the Christian Quarter, retracing the path that Jesus is believed to have walked on the way to the crucifixion. The sacred route is marked by 14 stations, each preserving a different event Jesus encountered on his way to the cross.
The Christian Quarter houses additional churches and monasteries, as well as a vibrant market along its winding cobblestone streets. Pilgrims and tourists can explore here a variety of shops that offer religious souvenirs, traditional crafts, and local delicacies.
Touring the Christian Quarter
The Christian Quarter’s main attractions are the Holy Sepulchre and the Stations of the Cross. Other Holy Christian sites include the Greek-Orthodox John the Baptist “Prodromos” church, The Russian Nevsky Church, the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, and more. Of its many souvenir shops, the most recommended are the Aramaic Ceramics shop of Eli Kouz, his nephew’s olive wood artwork store (George Kouz Store), Zack’s antiquities shop, Photo Elia, and Bilal Fabric Store.
A tour of the Christian Quarter can be integrated into a day tour of Jerusalem.