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East Jerusalem – recommended places to see in the eastern part of the city

East Jerusalem attractions

Visiting East Jerusalem – museums, shops and restaurants

Falling into the eastern part of the city, you will plunge right away into totally different reality. Here is one of the most important archaeological museums in the world. Also, East Jerusalem is just crump-full with colorful booths, shops, cafes, and kebab houses. In this area, side by side with historical sites, there are quite a few hangouts frequented by diplomats and reporters of foreign periodicals.

East Jerusalem Attractions

The rock-cut burial place “The Garden Tomb”
The ancient Jewish grave is located at the foot of a small hill. Quite a few of Protestants believe that, rather than The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, it is the true sepulchre of Jesus Christ.
Conrad Schick st. Tel. 02-627-27-45. Opening hours: Mon. – Thurs. 14:00 – 17:30, Fr. 09:00 – 12:00

Saint George’s Cathedral
The Cathedral was established in 1899. It is the seat of the Episcopal Bishop of Jerusalem. On the Cathedral’s area, there are: a pilgrim guesthouse, a school, a college, and a botany garden made of the plants mentioned in the Bible.
Nablus st., 20. Tel.: 02-6283302

Rockefeller Archaeological Museum
The museum houses tremendous collection of archaeological artifacts found on the territory of Africa, Middle East, and South-East Asia. Archaeologists all over the world regard the museum as one of the world’s finest scientific centers. The pearl of the museum is the collection of gold jewelry found in the area of Beit Shemesh. Besides, the museum exhibits ivory from Megiddo, the Lachish letter, and wooden ornaments from the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
Sultan Suleiman st., 27. Opening hours: Mon., Wed., Th.: 10:00 – 15:00, Sat. 10:00 – 14:00.

Zedekiah’s Cave
In the days of King Solomon, in this natural cave of around 9 000 square meters they quarried building materials for Jerusalem and Jerusalem Temple. For this very reason the cave is also called King Solomon’s Quarries. Very little is known about the cave for certain, and it is covered with many legends. It is situated beside the Damascus (Shechem) Gate.
Tel. 02-6277550. Opening hours: Mon. – Fri. 09:00 – 16:00.

Armenian Mosaic
This beautiful mosaic adorns the floor of a Byzantine church of the sixth century, located near the Damascus (Shechem) Gate. On the mosaic paintings strange birds, ducks and peacocks, are depicted. According to an ancient tradition, they accompany the souls of the dead to another world. 
Street of the Prophets (Haneviim st.). Open every day: 07:00 – 15:00.

Ammunition Hill Memorial and Museum (Giv’at Hatachmoshet)
The memorial was erected in honor of the unification of Jerusalem after the Six Day War. Israel Defense Forces liberated Jerusalem on 6th of July of 1967, when paratroopers took the height and thus opened the way to the Mount Scopus and Old City. The Jordan fortification remained as it was in 1967. Inside is an underground museum commemorating the 182 soldiers and officers who fell in the Six Day War.
Zalman Shragai st. 5. Tel. 02-5828442. Opening hours: Sun. – Thu. 09:00 – 17:00, Fri. 09:00 – 13:00.

Old City Walls Tour
Jerusalem Old City Walls were built in the XVI century by the sultan Suleiman the Magnificent. If you ascend the walls you can reach the Dung Gate passing by the Damascus (Shechem), New, Jaffa, and Zion Gates. Through any of the gates you can go out to the city. The Roman square is located beside the Damascus (Shechem) Gate.
Tel. 02-6277550

The Tomb of the Kings
The oldest and most beautiful burial site is the resting place for the family of the Queen Helene of Adiabene. For many years, they had been mistaking it for the tomb of the Jewish kings.
Nablus and Saladin streets intersection.

The Tomb of Simeon the Righteous (Simeon the Just)
There is a cave of the XIV century in the Arab neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah. According to a tradition, there lies Simeon the Righteous, the high priest of the Second Jerusalem Temple. Jews believe it is sacred. Festivities and weddings are celebrated there on Lag Ba’Omer holiday.
Othman ben ‘Afan st.

Al-Hakawati Palestinian National Theatre
The non-commercial theatre offers art, educational, and entertaining programs with mainly Palestinian themes. Although cabaret-style dominates the programs, political implications are present there as well.
Nusha, East Jerusalem. Tel. 02-6280957

American Colony Hotel
For the last 120 years, the most honored foreign guests have been stopping at the hotel. Among them were Winston Churchill, Mark Chagall, Giorgio Armani, Mikhail Gorbachev, and many others. The hotel’s Courtyard has extremely beautiful interior. In the restaurant “The Arabesque” you can experience traditional Arab cuisine.
Louis Vincent st., 1. Tel. 02-6279777

Information on recommended locations in Jerusalem

Old City
Historical and archaeological sites and museums
Arts and Culture
Jerusalem restaurants and cafes
Jerusalem malls, shops, and markets
Jerusalem Family Entertainments
Pilgrimage to Jerusalem
Jerusalem cultural events