"Between the 9th Station of the Via Dolorosa and the ..."

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Ofer Moghadam

About Me
My name is Ofer Moghadam, and I am a tour guide. I love living in Jerusalem because every day is an adventure here. Just by walking down the street you're not only experiencing current events, but also thousands of years of history. It's hard to find another place on earth more/less
You have to go to
The Temple Mount is a must-see spot, simply because of its religious and historic importance, and because it's the source of the conflict in this region. Just come and see what all the fuss is about!
Here's one fun activity you can do
If you're visiting the Old City of Jerusalem, it's great fun to walk on the city walls, which were erected by the Ottomans in the 16th century. You can enter the northern Ramparts Walk at Jaffa Gate and then sneak a peek at the backyards and roofs of the houses in the Old City. I promise you that you'll see a side of the city you won't see anywhere else.
Don't forget to check out one of my favorite places
The garden of the Viennese Cafe at the Austrian Hospice is an oasis of peace in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the Arab Quarter. This is where you can sit down and take a break from your Old City explorations, while sipping coffee that was made from beans imported from Austria. Make sure to visit the roof of the Austrian Hospice afterwards, where some of the best views over the Old City await you.
Enjoy a meal at my favorite restaurant
If you're in the Old City and you like hummus, visit Lina Restaurant is not an option, but a definite must! Located on Al-Khanka Street near the Via Dolorosa, Lina never disappoints with the freshest, fluffiest and tastiest hummus in all of Israel—I guarantee it.
Here's a doable bucket list for you to do in one day
1. Start your day at the Mount of Olives observation point, from where you have a postcard-view of the entire city of Jerusalem. Walk down the Mount of Olives towards the Garden of Gethsemane.

2. Cross the Kidron Valley and enter the Old City through the Lions Gate, from where you can walk along the Via Dolorosa. Just before the Third Station, visit the Austrian Hospice for a close-up view of the Old City.

2. Continue towards the Western Wall and - if you have time - visit the Temple Mount.

4. From there, continue to the Jewish Quarter and exit the Old City from the Zion Gate.

5. Visit the Dormition Abbey and the Cenacle and then return to the Jewish Quarter and visit the old Byzantine Cardo (main street) excavations.

6. Continue to the Chrstian Quarter, pass the Muristan neighborhood and visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.

7. Afterwards, walk towards Jaffa Gate, passing the Tower of David just before you reach the gate.

8. End your day by strolling through the nearby Mamilla Mall. Sit down at one of the many cafés there and sip a nice, ice-cold beer while overlooking the Old City walls in the distance.
My extra insider tip for you is
Between the 9th Station of the Via Dolorosa and the entrance to the roof (Deir al-Sultan) of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, there's a small Coptic chapel, which has a hidden water cistern. Pay the priest a couple of shekels and he'll allow you to walk down the narrow stairs into an underground world known to just a few.
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