Discovering Relics left behind by the Crusaders
Raymond of Aguilers, who wrote a chronicle of the First Crusade (1096-1099), relates that on the morning of June 7, 1099, the Crusaders reached the summit of Nebi Samuel, from where they saw Jerusalem for the first time. The elated Crusaders fell to the ground and wept with joy, calling it Mons Gaudi, Mount of Joy. The same day they reached the walls of Jerusalem.
The Crusaders rebuilt the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and many other churches, reorganized the layout of the city and reused Muslim buildings. The Crusaders changed the city's image, adding a Christian flavor to the 450 year old Muslim city. On this tour we'll uncover these changes that can still be seen in the Old City today.
Depending on time and interest we will visit some of these sites:
Church of Holy Sepulcher
Santa Anna church
Crusader glacis and moat
Church in Kidron valley, Tomb of the Virgin Mary, Queen Melisende was buried there
Remains of the Church of Mary of Latina
There are other Crusader sites outside of Jerusalem if you are interested.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: I can meet you at your hotel or to save time at Jaffa gate.
End location: Clients often continue exploring the Old City on their own after the tour. I'm also happy to take you back to Jaffa gate.
Duration: 4 hours 30 min.
The tour can be extended.
Walking tour. If you extend the tour to sites outside of Jerusalem then we will drive.
During the tour I point out Crusader remains and embellish them with the stories of the Crusader period.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
25 NIS - There is an entrance fee to Santa Anna. During tour you may want to buy a drink.
You can extend the duration of the tour and thereby see other Crusader sites.
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We had visited the Old City of Jerusalem before and we wanted a tour that would take us to new places and give us a different perspective. For us, this meant a focus on medieval Christian sites. We were delighted with our choice: Shmuel was genial and energetic, extremely knowledgeable on all points, oriented us to the geography and history of the Old City and its surroundings, and opened up architectural details and parts of the Old City we never would have found on our own. Highly recommended.