Zion Walking Tours
Zion Walking Tours operates a three-hour Old City walking tour (US$35 per person) at 10am, 11am and 2pm from Sunday to Thursday (there...
Citadel (Tower of David)
Commanding a prominent elevated location overlooking the Old City, the Citadel started life as the palace of Herod the Great. Also used...
Tower of David Museum
The Jaffa Gate area is dominated by the Crusader Citadel, which includes Herod’s Tower and the Tower of David minaret. It’s occupied by...
Located in a courtyard next to the Hotel East New Imperial, this place is notable for its convenient location next to Jaffa Gate and for...
Christ Church Guesthouse Cafe
Alumni of boarding schools and university colleges will no doubt feel at home in this guesthouse cafe, which welcomes visitors to its...
Omar ibn al-Khattab Sq · interesting places nearby
Christ Church information
This was the Holy Land’s first Protestant church, consecrated in 1849. Located opposite the Citadel, it was built by the London Society for Promoting Christianity Among the Jews, whose founders were inspired by the belief that the Jews would be restored to what was then Turkish Palestine, and that many would acknowledge Jesus Christ as the Messiah before he returned. The first British consulate in Palestine was located in the compound, which now houses a guest house .
In order to present Christianity as something not totally alien to Judaism, the church was built in the Protestant style with several similarities to a synagogue. Jewish symbols and Hebrew script figure prominently at the altar and in the stained-glass windows, and like all synagogues in Jerusalem, the church faces Temple Mount/Al-Haram ash-Sharif.