The Muslim quarter of Jerusalem is one of the four quarters of the Old City. Paradoxically, the most representative places for the followers of Islam are not in it, but on the Temple Mount. Even so, you will surely enjoy knowing all its secrets as you walk its streets.
What can you see in the Muslim quarter
Located next to the Esplanade of the Mosques, is the largest neighborhood in the Old City of Jerusalem. A neighborhood that preserves its medieval structure and is full of life thanks to the colorful and showy souks.
These markets are one of the great attractions of the neighborhood. Here you can enjoy the color of the fabrics, the smell of the spices and the joy of the vendors. Without a doubt, an experience that you must live if you visit Jerusalem.
The gates of the Muslim quarter of Jerusalem
You can enter the Muslim quarter of Jerusalem through three gates. The Damascus Gate stands out, which also serves as the entrance to the Christian quarter. The Ottomans built it in 1542. Since then the two great towers remain on its sides, giving access to the city’s Arab market. Specifically, the street known as ‘el-wad’, which means ‘the valley’.
You can also reach the Muslim quarter through Herod’s Gate. Through it you reach the house to which Pilate sent Jesus, who belonged to Herod Antipas. This was the entrance of the Christians during the siege of the city in the First Crusade. The third and last entrance is known as Puerta de los Leones.
Important places for other religions
The Muslim quarter of Jerusalem hides places of enormous relevance for other religions. For example, in this part of the city is the Via Dolorosa, which crosses the entire neighborhood. Here you can see nine of the 15 stations of the cross.
The church of Santa Ana is also in the Muslim quarter, in the same place where the house of the parents of the Virgin Mary stood. And, although without water, here too is the famous pool of Bethesda, where Jesus performed the miracle of healing the paralytic, according to the New Testament.
The Jews also have some holy points within the Muslim quarter. Here it rises the little wailing wall, where many Jews come to pray. Other points of Jewish tradition in the Muslim quarter are the Kotel tunnel and Zedekiah’s cave, where the last king of Jerusalem took refuge after being defeated.
Al-Aqsa Mosque and Dome of the Rock
The two most significant Muslim monuments in Jerusalem, curiously, they are not in the muslim quarter. Therefore, to complete the experience in this city, it is essential that you visit them, as they are also essential in Islam.
Both are on the Temple Mount, which can be reached through the Golden Gate, which is the oldest entrance in all of Jerusalem. This place houses very important spaces also for Jews, such as the Wailing Wall, which is why it is one of the busiest places in the city.
Regarding those constructions that are so important for Islam, on the Temple Mount you will find the Al-Aqsa Mosque. It was built in the 8th century, although today nothing remains of its beginnings, as it has been restored on several occasions. You will only be able to see the outside, as the entrance is exclusively allowed to Muslims.
The other important place for Muslims on the Temple Mount is the Dome of the Rock. It is a large golden dome on a marble construction. It is located in the place where, according to tradition, is the rock that marks the point of Muhammad’s ascent to heaven.
As you see, Jerusalem is a city that has many corners to discover and the Muslim quarter is one of them. Be sure to visit it and enjoy its markets if you visit the city.