Surrounded by walls built by Suleiman the Magnificent in the 16th century, Jerusalem’s Old City is one of the holiest places on Earth. It has existed since around the 10th century BC and is characterized by narrow streets and intriguing alleyways. Its architecture is very Middle Eastern, with holy sites populating much of the twists and turns of the city.
Together with its ancient walls, the Old City is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Significant sites include: the Jewish Holy Place, the Temple Mount (Har Habayit) and Western Wall (Hakotel Hamaaravi); Church of the Holy Sepulcher; the Noble Sanctuary, third most important site in Islam; Al-Aqsa Mosque (The Far Mosque); Qubbat Al-Sakhra (Dome of the Rock); the vaulted subterranean area called Musalla Marwan; and the Dome of the Miraj.