Jerusalem Ramparts Walk

Jerusalem, Israel

The current walls around the Old City of Jerusalem were built in the 16th century. However several earlier structures existed, and the remnants of these were incorporated into the new walls. Today tourists can walk around most of the ramparts (excluding the part that passes the Golden Gate); entrance is at the Jaffa Gate.


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Founded: Mostly 16th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Israel


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Stas Goldberg (13 months ago)
A must place to visit in Jerusalem.
Ori Bandel (15 months ago)
Superb and beautiful walk tour in an ancient place!
Shaya Udoff (2 years ago)
You can see the whole old city, it’s very nice, not to many people, safe, very exciting, and etc...
Louie Farhat (2 years ago)
The Ramparts Walk is divided into two separate walks, totally just under two miles: the north side walk and the south side walk. Both are included in the admission ticket and both have their differences. The north side walk is the longer of the two and covers a far greater area, from the Jaffa Gate (on the west side of the Old City) to the Lions Gate (on the east side, approaching the Dome of the Rock). The south side walk is shorter but ends at a more convenient location, the Western Wall (or Kotel as it is known in Hebrew). The south side walk begins at the Tower of David (on the west side of the Old City, beside the Jaffa Gate) and continues around to the south side of the city, ending off between the Zion and Dung Gates. For those wishing to explore the Old City at ground level while already up on the ramparts, there are several places along the walks where one can descend. However, re-entry is only possible at the starts of both walks so be sure to plan accordingly. Plaques set up along the walks made identification of landmarks and sites easy with explanations in Hebrew, English and Arabic. From the north side walk, one passes over the Christian Quarter with the numerous churches and other Vatican buildings seen, sometimes below the wall! These include views of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Church of Flagellation, among many, many more. The walk carries on into the Muslim Quarter, where mosques and minarets, as well as schools and playing fields, can be seen from a unique angle. Crossing over the New Gate, the Damascus Gate, the Herod’s Gate and finally the Lions Gate, the north side walk covers a great deal of area and comfortable shoes should be worn as the rock walltops are uneven and can be difficult to walk on for some. The walk ends just after the Lions Gate, approaching the Dome of the Rock mosque and either one can descend and explore or one can turn back (turning back and descending at the Damascus Gate is a great way to see a lot on the way back, including an Arab souk).
Reuvenah Liba (2 years ago)
It's a nice spot for sight seeing the entire Old and New City.
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