The Moslem &
Old City of Jerusalem
The Old City of Jerusalem was historically divided into four
quarters: Jewish, Armenian, Moslem, and Christian. On the
prior page was the Western Wall, which highlights the Jewish
Quarter. In my video I show the Armenian Cathedral and its
chanting priests. The Old City's residents are primarily
Moslem and their quarter is the most active. Above is a picture
of colorful food for sale in the Moslem Quarter.
Moslems are the primary shopkeepers in the Old City. They
sell menorahs, the Jewish symbol for both Israel and
Passover. I bought a menorah from one of the Arab shops as a
souvenir of this trip to Israel and Jordan.
The Old City's gates all have names that reflect history.
In the Moslem Quarter, the Damascus Gate once led
directly to the road which ended in Syria. Now I
passed through it into Arab East Jerusalem.
The Old City's Christian Quarter highlight is the Church of
the Holy Sepulchre. This is the church which Crusaders
entered and remodeled nearly a thousand years ago. Different
Christan sects share it uncomfortably. The church's keys have
been held by a Moslem family for centuries in order to prevent
favoritism towards any single Christian denomination.
In theory the holiest Christian site, the church is dark and not
very attractive. The tomb of Jesus, from which he arose, is
believed to be in this church.
This is the tomb monument to Jesus in the church, very dark
and narrow. There is a serious rival, the Garden Tomb in East
Jerusalem, generally favored by Protestants, which is far more
attractive. I filmed it in my video. Protestant denominations
did not exist when the Church of the Holy Sepulchre was
divided up between earlier Christian sects.
If you have a high speed internet connection, watch the
Intrepid Berkeley Explorer's free video of this trip by
clicking on: Land of Milk and Chutzpah