Meet your guide and small group of no more than 12 near the New Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City walls. Then, begin your walking tour as your guide offers background on how and why Jerusalem developed outside the Old City in the 19th century.
Hear how Jewish, Christian, and Muslim peoples — for whom there was no more space within the Old City — dared to move outside the walls, bravely creating new lives beyond the protection of the ramparts, whose seven gates were closed at sunset each day to keep inhabitants safe. Learn, too, how Jerusalem drew British, French, Italians, Russians, Germans, Spaniards and Ethiopians, all of whom pushed for influence and control, but lived for a time in harmony and peace.
Stroll down streets past old stone mansions, and discover, how, as the communities developed, their different religions and cultures collided.
See monuments constructed to withstand bullets, bombs, and earthquakes, and view a Russian compound dating from the 1860s. Learn how it originally accommodated Russian pilgrims who came here after World War I, and see its green-domed Orthodox Church, former prison, and old police station.
Check out a lovely Ethiopian Church designed by the 19th-century German protestant architect Conrad Schick. Learn how Schick planned other important buildings on the same street, including his own home, Tabor House, one of Jerusalem’s most beautiful residences.
Afterward, delve into the Machane Yehuda market, established in the late 19th century. Explore the alleyways of fruit, vegetable, spices, nuts, bakery, and other stalls, and absorb the noise, color, and bustle. Visit various stalls to sample some delicious sweet and savory delicacies, and learn about the wares for sale.
After three hours, your tour concludes here, leaving you free to explore further or head back with directions from your guide.