East Jerusalem

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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.

POINTS OF INTEREST

Kidron Valley

This deep valley separates the Old City and the City of David from the high ridge of the Mount of…

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Church of Mary Magdalene

With its sculpted white turrets and gold onion domes, this Russian Orthodox church looks like something out of a fairy…

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Pater Noster Convent

The church built here in the 4th century AD by Constantine the Great became known as the Eleona (olive), and…

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