Jerusalem is a city of contradictions. For thousands of years, it’s been a source of holiness, dispute, inspiration and struggle. Some of the most iconic images of the city are the walls that surround it.
Jaffa Gate is the main entrance to the Old City today. In the 16th century C.E., Suliman the Magnificent, ruler of the Ottoman Empire, decided to build a wall around the city of Jerusalem. It took him only four years to build it. The main reason was that he used recycled stones and didn’t carve new ones.
The Ottoman built the wall for several purposes: the main one being protection from intruders. For that reason, choosing the right location was crucial.
Instead of wearing armor and helmets, Turkish guards wore light outfits to avoid accidents. The wall also contains some architectural elements to assist the guards.
It is only possible to see from from above how dense and narrow the Old City of Jerusalem is — a highly significant site for all the Abrahamic religions.
The city is currently divided into four quarters: Jewish, Christian, Muslim and Aramaic.