With its colorful market and narrow alleys, the Muslim quarter is the most densely populated section of the Old City.

One of the world’s oldest cities, Old Jerusalem is simultaneously sacred, political, and passionate. This is a living city, not a staid museum, and the vibrancy of Old Jerusalem is at times intense, even overwhelming. It’s also one of the holiest cities for three of the world’s major religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Each of them is represented in part by holy sites such as the Western Wall, Church of the Holy Sepulchre and Dome of the Rock. All three sites are high on most visitor’s must-see list.

As you stroll the narrow alleys and side streets, you’re passing brick and stone infused with ancient history. Whether you’re here on a religious pilgrimage or a cultural visit, Old Jerusalem conveys a depth of human civilization unlike any other place on earth. Hiring a legitimate guide can give you a deeper understanding of what you’re seeing. Or wander the narrow alleys and side streets on your own. If you get lost, you’ll soon find your way back; the Old City is only about one kilometer across.