Video: The Ramparts Walk atop the Walls of Jerusalem’s Old City

Most visitors to Jerusalem never take the opportunity to walk atop the walls of the Old City. For the equivalent of four or five dollars you can walk along the ramparts and enjoy unique views not available on the ground.

The walls are nearly 500 years old and form the perimeter of Jerusalem’s Old City. The Old City consists of four quarters (Christian, Muslim, Armenian, and Jewish) plus the Temple Mount. Most tourists today are familiar with the pedestrian-choked narrow streets lined with shops. The ramparts walk lets you view parts the city you may not otherwise see. It also has a great view south over a biblically historic area. I touch on some of that in the short video below.

I walked along the wall from the Jaffa Gate on the west side to the Dung Gate on the south side. Fantastic experience. See a few highlights on the video.

If you have the opportunity to do this yourself, be advised there are many small flights of stairs along the ramparts. You may get a bit of a workout, especially if you’re carrying a heavy backpack in the summer. (Yes, yes… I know.) The video cannot relate the whole experience. If you legs are in decent shape and you have an opportunity, I recommend doing this.

Post Script: I case you are taken aback by my beard, I am growing it out for a production of “Fiddler on the Roof” in about a month. It will probably return to normal at the end of July.


About LukeChandler

Luke holds an M.A. in Ancient and Classical History and has been an adjunct professor at Florida College in Temple Terrace, Florida. Luke and his wife Melanie have five children. He serves as a minister with the North Terrace Church of Christ and has participated in multiple archaeological excavations in Israel. Luke leads informative, meaningful tours to Europe and the Bible Lands.
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