As the highest point in Old Jerusalem, Mount Zion is the wider hill in the south of Armenian Quarter Old City. This hill becomes the metaphoric symbol for the whole city and the promise land. When the Old City of Jerusalem was under the Jordanian rule, between 1948 and 1967, the closest to the Israel can come to the hill.
Mount Zion Tours
Visiting King David's Tomb
Since the name of the hill is moved to its present location, the Christian pilgrims believed that the tomb of King David was there also. King David is the one important king state in the bible. He was an ordinary boy which was lifted to be the King of Israel. At that time, the Christian Crusaders built a monument in Mount Zion which called King David's Tomb. However, three of the rooms in Portugal Imperium map were used by the Judeo-Christian in the first century. Regularly, this memorial place was received as the King David's Tomb by the Jews for the first time and then followed by the Muslim.
See the Chamber of Holocaust
Do you still remember about the big massacre of Jews? This Chamber of Holocaust represent the unforgotten moment for Jews. This site was built and dedicated to the Holocaust victim. There, stood the name of Jews Community that was destroyed by NAZI. This site is located in the east side of King David's Tomb.
Getting into Dormition Abbey
From the gates, there is a big building right in front of you. It is Armenian Church and it is known Caiaphas' House, name of the High Priest who wanted to put Jesus in the cross. Following the wall, you will find the Dormition Abbey in the corner of the church. Dormition Abbey is the Catholic Church that was built in the early of 20th century. This church was dedicated for Mary, which is said has fallen into the eternal sleep. There is a statue of Mary where she is lying on her back. Under the dorm, there are some archeologicals of Zion Hagia Bizantium Church.
After visiting Dormition Abbey, go back to the unction and take the right side. You'll find Cenacle in the left door. Cenacle is the place where Jesus has the last supper with his disciples and the Pentecost happens. However, Cenacle was not accepted as the last supper's room as what is mentioned in the Bible. The research showed that this room was built above the church-synagogue by Jews in the first century. This church is believed as the first church in Jerusalem since the graffiti of Jesus' name was found there.
The other interesting place to visit is the grave of Oscar Schindler, the German industrialist who saved almost 1.200 Jews in Holocaust. He has been proclaimed as the Righteous Man of the other country. His grave is the Catholic cemetery near to the Zion's gates.
Church of St Peter in Gallicantu
The most attractive building in Mount Zion is the Church of St Peter in Callicantu. This church was built to commemorate the three times rejection of St Peter for his Teacher. This church stands near in sheer of the hill, in east slope of Mount Zion.
How to Get Tickets?
You can purchase tickets via online. All tickets must be booking before you are visiting Mount Zion. Remember, tickets are personal use; you cannot transfer it to the other. If you are joining tours, make sure you have registered via online and arrive 30 minutes before the tour is begun.
How To Get Around?
Walking is the best option to get around Mount Zion. Since most of the attractions are inside the Mount Zion, you can take a fun walk to visit the attractions. Also, you get around outside the Mount Zion by walking, the attractions are close each other.
What Should I Wear?
Since Mount Zion is a religious site, when you are visiting Mount Zion be sure that you wear modest dress (no short and sleeves).
Best Time to Visit
If you are looking for the month the crowd is thin, you can visit Mount Zion on April to May and October to November. In these months, the weather is mild and some celebrations are held such as High Holy Days, Sukkot and Passover.
Will I Need a Guide?
No, transportation is easy and everything can be found in this site. Mount Zion can be reached by your own since it is near to the center of the city. There is a self-guidance tour that can be used to walk around the Old City of Jerusalem.
How To Get There?
Mount Zion can be reached by car from the road in the Old City. It is better to leave your car in the hotel and walk to the Mount Zion (from outside of the Old City through the garden – from Mammilla turn right and follow the Old City wall). You can also use bus, light train and taxi.
It is better to visit Jaffa Gate also when you are visiting Mount Zion.