Speaking of Jerusalem, this historic old city in Palestine has long been a grab because of its important position as a holy city of three religions.
When it comes to palestine’s important and historic old city, there are also a number of other cities that may not be as popular as Jerusalem.
Ramallah, Old Cities in Palestine
Ramallah is known to have a cool and pleasant climate. During the 12th century, the French Crusaders built a fortress at Ramallah, and the remains of the Crusader tower known as At-Tira, can still be seen in the old Ramallah.
While the modern part of Ramallah has a vibrant city center with museums, art galleries, cinemas, parks, restaurants to a bustling nightlife.
Ramallah is known as a cosmopolitan city that is quite developed rapidly. This can be seen from the tourism sector that attracts many tourists from various countries.
One hundred kilometres north of Jerusalem, Nablus city stretches with beautiful views of hills dotted with olive trees and lush valleys.
Seven-quarters of Nablus represents a typical example of traditional urban architecture in Palestine. The city center has a lively market, called souq.
In this city many amazing mosques, Turkish baths and traditional soap factories. By the end of the 18th century, the city began to grow rapidly.
Nablus is currently considered a major commercial, industrial and agricultural center in the northern palestinian territories. Nablus is known for its olive production, talented goldsmiths and traditional sweets.
Hebron, Old Cities in Palestine
Hebron is one of the oldest cities in the world that is still inhabited by humans today. His Arabic name Khalil al-Rahman means ‘Friend of God’. Ancient Hebron was located in Jebel Ar-Rumeideh (Rumeideh Hill).
The city is known as the burial place of the prophets, ranging from Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and their wives.
After the Arab-Muslim conquest, Hebron became the fourth holy city after Mecca, Medina and Jerusalem. The city is also visited by many Muslim pilgrims from all over the world.
Dominated by Mamluk-style architecture, Hebron is one of the few Islamic cities that still maintains its original traditions. Seen from the life of the people who are still traditional as well as architecture and handicraft products of its citizens.
It is located about 43 km north of Nablus, on the ancient trade route from Nablus via Wadi Bal’ama at an altitude of about 100-250 meters above sea level.
The name Jenin comes from Ein Ganim which means ‘spring of Ganim’. So named because this area has abundant springs.