Our guide pointed out the sign written in Turkish at the entrance and said the Turks switched to Latin writing in 1928; sure hadn’t known that even with all of our time in Turkey!
We met Michael, our guide originally from Texas and Wisconsin but living in Israel for the last 14 years, at Jaffa Gate one of 7 gates to the Old City and the entrance to the Christian Quarter.
Michael said that there’s only 1 Protestant Church in the quarter and that’s a Lutheran one because the oldest Christian denominations in the world took up residence in the
Russian Orthodox priest
The 2nd smallest quarter is the Jewish Qtr. which is very new, modern and has western looking buildings, all in the same cream colored limestone we saw in
From our perch above the city we could see the magnificent golden Dome of the Rock and the black domed Al Asqa Mosque. We were informed by Michael that when we toured those areas later, women again needed to be covered from the top of the head down to our ankles including elbows, athat both men and women were required to show passports at the security checkpoint and furthermore no Christian or Jewish religious objects could be worn or carried even in purses, etc.
Our tour continued on
ext up was the Armenian Qtr., the smallest quarter with only 700 residents; apparently most of the Armenians have moved out to the New City because they wanted bigger and more modern apartments that would fit the big TV’s and large scale furniture, Michael explained. They still retain ownership of their homes in the quarter though. When we looked at the exterior of the homes, it was clear why Michael had said the Armenians had moved out: all the utilities are located on the outside of the homes so trying to retrofit homes this old to accommodate 21st C. technology was impossible. Don’t know why that wouldn’t also hold true for the other residents of the city and not just the Armenians though. As Michael asked, ‘What’s up with the Armenians being in this area of
Loved seeing the Israeli flags flying everywhere; almost as many as back in