East Jerusalem

Jerusalem's eastern side holds religious sites that are holy to more than half the world's population.  The Western Wall of the Temple Mount, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Garden of Gethsemane, Room of the Last Supper, the Mount of Olives, Al Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock draw millions of pilgrims and visitors every year.

Loosely-defined, eastern Jerusalem is the area incorporated into the city after the 1967 Six Day War, when Israel took back the Old City and neighborhoods occupied by Jordan between 1948-1967.

Today you'll find the best baklava and knafe (tasty Arab sweet desserts) in the eastern Jerusalem streets just outside the Damascus Gate, and an array of cultural institutions worth visiting, including the venerable Rockefeller Museum that houses one of the best collections of Middle eastern antiquities in the world.  Take in a free Sunday night concert in the magnificent auditorium at the Jerusalem campus of Brigham Young University on Mt Scopus, or visit some of the lesser -known religious sites on this side of town--the tomb of Shimon HaTzaddik--a contemporary of Alexander the Great, and the adjacent cave of the Sanhedrin.

The residential neighborhoods of eastern Jerusalem aren't quite so interesting, but you'll find a good shopping mall in Pisgat Zev and some decent cafes and bakeries in Ramat Eshkol.  A few minutes walk will take you to Ammunition Hill, the site of a major battle in the Six Day War, where a museum and trenches will help you understand the strategic importance of eastern Jerusalem.


American Colony Bar
Courtyard (The)
Kasaba Theatre (Al)
Steven Spielberg Jewish Film Archive
Val's Brasserie Lounge


Gilo Park
Tomb of the Kings
Zedekiah's Cave
Saint George's Cathedral
Al Wasiti Art Centre
Alternative Tours
Basilica of the Agony of the Lord
British Military Cemetery
Chapel of the Ascension
Dominus Flevit
Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Ascension (Augusta Victoria)
Garden Tomb (The)
Grotto of Gethsemane
Haas Promenade (Tayelet)
Hebrew University Amphitheatre - Mount Scopus
Mount of Olives
Mount of Olives Jewish Cemetery
Mount Scopus Botanical Garden
Jerusalem Print Workshop
Educational Bookshop
Paternoster Church
Protestant Cemetery-Mount Zion
Rockfeller Archaeological Museum
Russian Church and Tower of the Ascension
St Lazarus, Bethany
St Mary Magdalene
St Peter in Gallicantu
St. George's Episcopal Cathedral
Tomb of the Virgin Mary
Tombs of the Prophets


Arabesque Restaurant
Courtyard (The)
Val's Brasserie Lounge
Castel Café Restaurant and Bar
Askadinya Restaurant Bar
American Colony Hotel Arabesque Restaurant
Al Wad/Blue Dolphin
Kan Zeman


Addar Suite Hotel
Alcazar Hotel
American Colony Hotel (The)
Moriah Classic Jerusalem
National Palace
Notre Dame Hostel
Olive Tree Hotel (The)
Dan Hotel Jerusalem
Mount of Olives Hotel
Mount Zion Hotel
Legacy Hotel at East Jerusalem YMCA
Royal Plaza Olive Tree Hotel
Jerusalem Hotel
St. George's Cathedral Guesthouse
Leonardo Jerusalem
Holy Land

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