GENERAL DESCRIPTION

The Old City is a 0.9 square kilometers (0.35 sq mi) walled area within the modern city of Jerusalem. It is is roughly divided (going counterclockwise from the northeastern corner) into the Muslim Quarter, Christian Quarter, Armenian Quarter and Jewish Quarter. The Old City's monumental defensive walls and city gates were built in the years 1535–1542 by the Turkish sultan Suleiman the Magnificent.

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ARMENIAN QUARTER

The Armenian Quarter is one of the four quarters of the walled Old City of Jerusalem. Located in the southwestern corner of the Old City, it can be accessed through the Zion Gate and Jaffa Gate.

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CHRISTIAN QUARTER

The Christian Quarter is situated in the northwestern corner of the Old City, extending from the New Gate in the north, along the western wall of the Old City as far as the Jaffa Gate. The Christian Quarter contains about 40 Christian holy places. Among them is the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, one of Christianity's holiest places.

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CITY WALLS OF JERUSALEM

The Walls of Jerusalem surround the Old City of Jerusalem (approx. 1 km²). In 1535, when Jerusalem was part of the Ottoman Empire, Sultan Suleiman I ordered the ruined city walls to be rebuilt. Today, there are eight gates in the city walls: Jaffa Gate, New Gate, Damascus Gate, Herod Gate, Lions Gate, Golden (Eastern) Gate, Dung Gate and Zion Gate.

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JEWISH QUARTER

The Jewish Quarter is one of the four quarters of the Old City of Jerusalem. The area lies in the southeastern sector of the walled city, and stretches from the Zion Gate in the south, along the Armenian Quarter on the west, up to the Street of the Chain in the north and extends to the Western Wall and the Temple Mount in the east.

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MUSLIM QUARTER

The Muslim Quarter is one of the four quarters of the Old City of Jerusalem. It covers 31 hectares of the northeastern sector of the Old City.

ARMENIAN QUARTER

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The Armenian Quarter is one of the four quarters of the walled Old City of Jerusalem. Located in the southwestern corner of the Old City, it can be accessed through the Zion Gate and Jaffa Gate.

CHRISTIAN QUARTER

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The Christian Quarter is situated in the northwestern corner of the Old City, extending from the New Gate in the north, along the western wall of the Old City as far as the Jaffa Gate. The Christian Quarter contains about 40 Christian holy places. Among them is the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, one of Christianity's holiest places.

CITY WALLS OF JERUSALEM

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The Walls of Jerusalem surround the Old City of Jerusalem (approx. 1 km²). In 1535, when Jerusalem was part of the Ottoman Empire, Sultan Suleiman I ordered the ruined city walls to be rebuilt. Today, there are eight gates in the city walls: Jaffa Gate, New Gate, Damascus Gate, Herod Gate, Lions Gate, Golden (Eastern) Gate, Dung Gate and Zion Gate.

JEWISH QUARTER

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The Jewish Quarter is one of the four quarters of the Old City of Jerusalem. The area lies in the southeastern sector of the walled city, and stretches from the Zion Gate in the south, along the Armenian Quarter on the west, up to the Street of the Chain in the north and extends to the Western Wall and the Temple Mount in the east.

MUSLIM QUARTER

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The Muslim Quarter is one of the four quarters of the Old City of Jerusalem. It covers 31 hectares of the northeastern sector of the Old City.

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