The Ramparts Walk is a fabulous way to get an overview of Jerusalem, circling the Old City from above and getting a birds-eye view of areas that you would not usually see such as the Armenian Compound as well as a stunning view of areas outside of the walls.
The present walls of Jerusalem were built in the sixteenth century by Suleiman the Magnificent and since then have been used as military fortifications. Between 1948 and 1967, Jordanian snipers used the ramparts as vantage points from which to shoot Israelis living outside the walls and proof of this can be seen in the form of bullet holes on many of the older buildings facing the Old City. Nowadays, the ramparts have a more peaceful purpose, being a choice destination for visitors to Jerusalem.
Visitors can’t encircle the entire Old City in one shot because the ramparts of the Temple Mount are closed off and the road bisects the walls at Jaffa Gate. The walk begins just outside Jaffa Gate; when going through the gate into the Old City, turn into the enclosure to the right of Jaffa Gate as you face the Old City and you will be walking between two stone walls on a stone path. The Entrance is quite a way down, around a corner to the left. This section will lead you from Jaffa Gate to Zion Gate, letting you off near Dung Gate offering a breath-taking view of Old City rooftops, Sultan’s Pool, Yemin Moshe, Mt. Zion and Mt. of Olives.
The walk has many stairs to climb and one should come suitably attired in walking shoes and should bring enough water- once you’re on the walk there is no refreshment kiosk or bathroom along the way.
Cost: Adult 14 NIS, Child 7 NIS
Open Hours: Sun-Thu, Sat 09:00-16:00, Fri 09:00-14:00
Categories : Attractions
Hello reader. My name is Charlotte Noris and I am sure that you will definitely enjoy my blog. Do you know why? All because on the pages you will see bright and colorful photos, as well as useful information. My husband and I are freelancers, so we can travel at any time of the year.
For myself, I most often plan tours in advance, but it also happens that the trip turns out to be spontaneous when I see an interesting place and a nice price. At the age of 35, I have visited more than 30 countries and do not plan to stop there. I want to visit all continents and the most secret corners of our planet.