Although officially Jerusalem is composed of 114 different sub-districts, in Wikivoyage we chose to have eight different sub-regions to the city in a way which put emphasis on separating between the new and old areas of the city, as well as seperating between areas in which there is a dominant Jewish character and areas in which there is a dominant Arab character.
Surrounded by walls, this history-packed square kilometer is home to holy sites for Jews, Christians, and Muslims, and is truly breathtaking. It was recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The Old City is by far the most important destination for travelers, although they usually sleep in hotels elsewhere in the city.
|Old Center of West Jerusalem (City Center, Morasha, Mamila, Shomrei Hahomot, Yemin Moshe, Komemiyut-Talbiyeh, Rehavia, Nahlaot, Mahane Yehuda-Lev Ha'ir, Habashim, Mea She'arim, Zichron Moshe, Geula, Beit Yisrael, Kerem Avraham, HaBukharim, Makor Baruch, Emek Refaim-German Colony, Baka, Greek Colony, Old Katamon and Kiryat Shmuel)
Includes the first Jewish neighborhoods built outside of the Old City in the early 19th century. This area include old and picturesque neighborhoods with a diverse population, including a large Haredi population. In the old center of West Jerusalem you'll get a great opportunity to experience Jerusalem's past, along with many new venues, such as entertainment and shopping centers. Many cultural events takes place in this part of the city as well. After the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948 the center of West Jerusalem moved westward.
|New Center of West Jerusalem (HaKrayot HaHasidiyut, Romema, Romema Industrial Zone, Kiryat Haleom, Givat Ram, Kiryat Moshe, Nayot, Givat Shaul, Givat Shaul Industrial Zone, Har Nof, Beit Hakerem, Mount Herzl and Yad Vashem.)
The national and political center of the State of Israel which also serves as the main commerce center of the city. This area of the city includes all of the Israeli government authorities, including the Knesset, the Supreme Court and the Prime Minister's Office. This area of the city also includes many prominent museums, including the Israel Museum, the Yad Vashem Museum, the Herzl Museum, the Science Museum, the National Library, and more. There are also various prominent cultural and academic institutions located in this area of the city, as well as large parks, shopping centers, and entertainment centers. Most of this area of the city is rlativly new and includes more new and modern looking buildings, which were mostly built after 1948.
|East Jerusalem center (Isawiya, Mount Scopus, Sheikh Jarrah, American Colony, Bab a-Zahara, Wadi Joz, a-Sawaneh, East City Center, a-Tur, a-Sheikh, Mount of Olives, Ras Al-Amud, Silwan, City of David, and Giv'at Hanania-Abu Tor)
Includes mainly Arab neighborhoods built during the 19th and 20th centuries to the east, north and south of the Old City. Until 1967, when this area was annexed to Israel along with several Arab villages east of it, this area was under Jordanian rule. Although this area was annexed by Israel it continued to retained its Arab character identity and it the Arab population constitutes to have a large majority in this area. This area continues to be the economic and cultural center of East Jerusalem. This area includes several tourist sites, which include Both Muslim sites, prominent Jewish sites such as the Mount of Olives and the City of David, as well as some prominent Christian sites such as Gethsemane and the Church of Mary Magdalene.
|South-West Jerusalem (Talpiot, Ramot Rachel-Arnona HaHadasha, Humat Shmuel-Har Homa, Givat Hamatos, Beit Safafa, Giv'at Eliahu-Mar Elias, Gilo, Mekor Chaim, Katamonim, Givat Mordechai, Holyland, Malcha, Givat Masua, Ir Ganim, Kiryat Menachem, Swedish village, Kiryat Hayovel, Ein Karem, Ramat Denya, Ramat Sharet and Bayit Vagan)
Nowadays most of the area is used for residential purposes, and has both neighborhoods with dominant Jewish population and and neighborhoods with dominant Arab population, some of which also includes archeological sites and ancient buildings. Most of the construction in this area happened after 1948. Until 1967 the border between Israel and Jordan passed through the Arab village of Beit Safafa. The neighborhoods of Mekor Chaim and Bayit Vegan were established in the 1920s by Jewish settlers. The neighborhoods of Ein Kerem and Malha were Arab villages prior to the establishment of the state of Israel, and after 1948 have had a dominant Jewish population. The neighborhood of Gilo was built after the Six-Day War.
|North-West Jerusalem (Ramat Shlomo, Ramot, Givat Hamivtar, Tzameret Habira, French Hill, Ramat Eshkol, Ma'alot Dafna, Arazi Habira, Kiryat Begin, Shmuel Hanavi, Sanhedria, Tel Arza and Har Hotzvim)
Mainly a residential area which has mostly neighborhoods with dominant Jewish population - Some of them are relativly old neighborhoods, such as Sanhedria, while others were built after the Six-Day War, such as the French Hill and Har Hotzvim neighborhoods. The area is affected, among other things, by its proximity to the Hebrew University compound on Mount Scopus and the nearby Hadassah Hospital.
|North-East Jerusalem (Kafr 'Aqab, Al-Ram, Atarot, Beit Hanina, Neve Yaakov, Pisgat Ze'ev, Shuafat)
Mainly a residential area which extends northwards from the city center towards the Palestinian city of Ramallah. This area, which initially included several Arab villages, was annexed to Jerusalem after the Six-Day War. As a result these Arab villages developed through the year into urban neighborhood. In addition, after 1948 new residential neighborhoods with dominant Jewish population were build in this area. In the recent years, with the construction of Jerusalem's light rail line in this area it has been experiencing accelerated development.
|South-East Jerusalem (Jabel Mukaber, Arab A-Sawahra, Umm Lisun, Sur Baher, Umm Tuba)
Mainly a residential area which initially included five Arab villages that were annexed to Jerusalem after the Six-Day War in 1967. This area is located on several hills at the southeast edge of Jerusalem. This area has a relative poor rural population, suffers from poor infrastructure, and doesn't have any tourist sites.