20 minute walk

  • In the ultra-orthodox Jewish neighborhood of Mea Shearim

    A 12-minute walk from Olive Tree Hotel

    Once populated by “progressive” thinkers who dared to reside outside the walled city, today’s residents of Mea Shearim are very conservative and ask that visitors, particularly women, come “modestly” dressed. That means legs, shoulders and elbows should be covered.

  • In the ultra-orthodox Jewish neighborhood of Mea Shearim

    A 12-minute walk from Olive Tree Hotel

    Families on the average have six to eight children. Note, the girls are always wearing skirts and dresses, even for outdoor play. The boys over age 3 wear a skullcap called a Yarmulka or Kipa and have long side curls called payot. Explore the Mea Shearim neighborhood - it's fun. But a word to the wise - be discreet in taking photos.

  • In the ultra-orthodox Jewish neighborhood of Mea Shearim

    A 12-minute walk from Olive Tree Hotel

    The father is walking with his son down Shomerei HaEmunim Street, close to the Olive Tree Hotel. In English the name of the street translates as, "Keepers of the Faith". During the Jewish Sabbath this street is filled with pedestrians, for the whole neighborhood of Mea Shearim is closed to vehicular traffic.

  • In the ultra-orthodox Jewish neighborhood of Mea Shearim

    A 12-minute walk from Olive Tree Hotel

    The crowd in the street has come to congratulate the parents of a young woman soon to be wed. Marriages in the neighborhood are arranged by matchmakers according to the family's economic, educational and religious status. Explore the Mea Shearim neighborhood - it's fun. But a word to the wise - be discreet in taking photos.

  • Flowers Gate

    A 13-minute walk from Olive Tree Hotel

    One of seven open gates around the Old City. Called Shaar Perahim in Hebrew and Bab el-Sahra in Arabic.

  • Old City Market

    A 15-minute walk from Olive Tree Hotel

    Herbs, sweets and fresh meat are all sold within a few feet of each other. Note the fellahin women in long dresses with embroidered bibs hawking grape leaves, nanna (mint flavoring tea), parsley, and zaatar (native spice in the oregano family).

  • Old City Market

    A 15-minute walk from Olive Tree Hotel

    One woman is carrying a sack of potatoes while the others are selling fresh spices.

  • Old City Market

    A 15-minute walk from Olive Tree Hotel

    You'll see fresh meat hanging on hooks. Many Jerusalemites prefer to buy "fresh" meat they can inspect, as opposed to frozen and shrink-wrapped. Come and bargain - or watch others!

  • Old City Market

    A 15-minute walk from Olive Tree Hotel

    After entering the Damascus Gate take a right at the fork to see many types of fresh herbs and sweets being sold. These sweets tempt everyone on their way to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

  • Rockefeller Museum of Antiquities

    A 15-minute walk from Olive Tree Hotel

    Opened in 1938 thanks to a million dollar donation by John D. Rockefeller, the museum was built to house antiquities unearthed by American excavators in digs around the country including Beit Shean, Megiddo and Samaria. The reception desk staff at the Olive Tree Hotel will be happy to check current museum opening hours for you.

  • View of the Mount of Olives and Augusta Victoria

    A 15-minute walk from Olive Tree Hotel

    From the northeast corner of the Old City wall (the Storks Tower) there is a magnificent view of the Mount of Olives and Augusta Victoria.

  • View of the Mount of Olives and the Church of Ascension

    A 15-minute walk from Olive Tree Hotel

    From the northeast corner of the Old City wall (the Storks Tower) there is a magnificent view of the Mount of Olives and the Church of Ascension.

  • Underground Prisoner Museum

    A 20-minute walk from Olive Tree Hotel

    Originally built for Russian pilgrims in 1864, the Underground Prisoner Museum commemorates the activity of underground groups in pre-state Israel. Located in the Russian Compound.

  • Station Five of the Via Dolorosa

    A 20-minute walk from Olive Tree Hotel

    A Franciscan chapel commemorates “Simon of Cyrene Picks up the Cross for Jesus.”

  • Station Seven of the Via Dolorosa

    A 20-minute walk from Olive Tree Hotel

    A Franciscan chapel commemorates “Jesus Falls for the Second Time.”

  • Notre Dame Church

    A 20-minute walk from Olive Tree Hotel

    In the early 1880's this plot of land, opposite the Old City, served as a campsite for a very large contingent of French pilgrims. In 1887 the church was built by the Catholic Assumptionist Fathers. Used as a landmark, the twin stone towers have a beautiful sculpture of the Madonna and Child between them. Mass is celebrated daily. Check with the reception desk at the Olive Tree Hotel for an update on the time of the daily mass, or to help make a reservation for a group mass.