Loosely speaking, East Jerusalem refers to the Arab neighborhoods controlled by Jordan in the years when the city was divided (1948–67). That includes the Mount of Olives, and the areas north and southeast of the Old City.
The sights in this area are for the most part distinctly Christian. A few are a little off the beaten path, and the best way to explore them—if you're energetic enough—is on foot. If you're driving, however, you can sometimes find free parking at the Seven Arches Hotel on the Mount of Olives and paid parking at the cluster of large hotels near the American Colony; or take a cab.
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Designed by Antonio Barluzzi in the 1950s, the tear-shaped church—its name means "The Lord Wept"—preserves the New Testament story of…Learn More >
Garden of Gethsemane
After the Last Supper, the New Testament relates, Jesus and his disciples walked to the Mount of Olives, to a…Learn More >
A beautifully tended English-style country garden makes this an island of tranquillity in the hurly-burly of East Jerusalem. What Christian…Learn More >