Within the walled city of Jerusalem’s Christian Quarter are the oldest churches, monasteries and the most important church of all, the Holy Sepulcher as well as the Via Dolorosa. Each year, thousands of pilgrims visit this particular part of the city for religious reasons.
It may be considered the busiest quarter of the holy city and besides the hordes of churches and religious places, there are also shops that sell just about anything imaginable and is a dense tourist area. The fact that the Via Dolorosa runs through the Christian Quarter contributes to the crowded streets. The fourteen Stations of the Cross for Catholics and nine Stations of the Cross for other Christian denominations attract a lot of attention.
It is a great place to wander around and do some shopping. Although crowded, it is a different, almost pleasant kind of hustle and bustle. It is easy to bargain on prices and leaves shoppers happy with what they bought. As most people enter the Christian Quarter through the Jaffa Gate, they experience most of the traffic. It is best to enter via the New Gate which will result in less shops and traffic, and more religious buildings to be seen first.
Every quarter of Jerusalem’s walled city has its own beauties and here in the Christian Quarter are ancient buildings that are gems to any photographers. It is free to enter the quarter, but entrance fees are charged at some of the sites.