World Heritage #0148 – Old City of Jerusalem and its Walls

Last updated Nov 7, 2019 | Published on Aug 22, 1986Israel, Middle East and Africa, Palestine, World Heritage Sites

The holy city for three large world religions, Jerusalem has been fighting over for millennia. 

The UNESCO World Heritage List includes more than a thousand properties with outstanding universal value. They are all part of the world’s cultural and natural heritage.


Official facts

Country: Jordan/Palestina/Israel

Date of Inscription: 1987

Category: Cultural site

UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre’s short description of site no. 148:

“As a holy city for Judaism, Christianity and Islam, Jerusalem has always been of great symbolic importance. Among its 220 historic monuments, the Dome of the Rock stands out: built in the 7th century, it is decorated with beautiful geometric and floral motifs. It is recognized by all three religions as the site of Abraham’s sacrifice. The Wailing Wall delimits the quarters of the different religious communities, while the Resurrection rotunda in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre houses Christ’s tomb.”


My visit

The picture above is from Damascus Gate. I wrote this in 1986: “Life in the Arab part of Jerusalem where my hotel is situated is dynamic. Souq streets everywhere and unbelievably many souvenir shops with equally many tourists.”

In a few hectic days I walked around in this fascinating city so central to three world religions. Jerusalem has seen soldiers in her streets for thousands of years, representing warring parties all seeking to dominate this dry piece of land. My visit saw only peace, on the surface at least, and I was able to experience all the familiar sights from my cultural background, that of being raised in the Christian country of Norway.

It was more than fascinating… Jerusalem should be part on everyone’s Grand Tour.

Read more about my visit.

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