The Jerusalem Old City Walls

The Jerusalem Old City Walls

The Jerusalem Old City Walls of the Ottoman period


The current walls of the Old City were built in 1538 by the Muslim Ottoman Empire Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent. The walls stretch for approximately 4.5 kilometers, (2.8 miles), and rise to a height of 5–15 meters, (16–49 feet), with a thickness of 3 meters, (10 ft). Altogether, the Old City walls contain 43 surveillance towers and 11 gates, seven of which are presently open.

The Old City walls are a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1981.

The Old City Walls Promenade allows visitors to walk along a segment of the walls, viewing the city and its outlying areas from above. This is a great way to see the city, and experience the walls from within their thick roof. You can also walk around the Old City walls from the outside, visiting the surrounding neighborhoods along your walk.

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