Cars parked close to the Lions Gate, also known as St. Stephen's Gate and Bab al-Asbat in Arabic - the Mount of Olives can be seen in the background

Cars parked close to the Lions Gate, also known as St. Stephen's Gate and Bab al-Asbat in Arabic - the Mount of Olives can be seen in the background

The Gate of the Tribes (Bab al-Asbat in Arabic), is located at the north-eastern corner of the Temple Mount

The Gate of the Tribes (Bab al-Asbat in Arabic), is located at the north-eastern corner of the Temple Mount

An arch shaped passage in the Old Muslim Quarter of Jerusalem

An arch shaped passage in the Old Muslim Quarter of Jerusalem

A bazar in the Muslim Quarter on Friday - there was high security presence on that day

A bazar in the Muslim Quarter on Friday - there was high security presence on that day

A fresh fruit juice seller in the bazar

A fresh fruit juice seller in the bazar

Israeli security personnel in the bazar

Israeli security personnel in the bazar

This girl took photos of the soldiers and then showed them to get their approval

This girl took photos of the soldiers and then showed them to get their approval

An enactment of Jesus carrying cross on the Via Dolorosa

An enactment of Jesus carrying cross on the Via Dolorosa

Most of the shops were closed on Friday evening in the bazar

Most of the shops were closed on Friday evening in the bazar

One of the shopkeepers peeking out for the potential customers

One of the shopkeepers peeking out for the potential customers

A shop filled with the local memorabilia

A shop filled with the local memorabilia

This shop was selling handicrafts mostly but having said it still other stuff as well

This shop was selling handicrafts mostly but having said it still other stuff as well

Tourists walking in the narrow bazar of Muslim Quarter

Tourists walking in the narrow bazar of Muslim Quarter

This young seller was making fresh juice close to the Jaffa Gate

This young seller was making fresh juice close to the Jaffa Gate

People passing beside the Jaffa Gate - Tower of David can be seen in the background

People passing beside the Jaffa Gate - Tower of David can be seen in the background

A section of the Jerusalem City Walls and the Omar bin el-Khatab road

A section of the Jerusalem City Walls and the Omar bin el-Khatab road

An orthodox jew passes beside the city walls - the walls were built between 1535 and 1538 by Ottoman sultan Suleyman I

An orthodox jew passes beside the city walls - the walls were built between 1535 and 1538 by Ottoman sultan Suleyman I

Olive tress and city walls close to the Herod's Gate

Olive tress and city walls close to the Herod's Gate

A quiet bus station and lone palm trees close to the Damascus Gate

A quiet bus station and lone palm trees close to the Damascus Gate

A palestinian on a rooftop looking after his pigeon in the Eastern Jerusalem

A palestinian on a rooftop looking after his pigeon in the Eastern Jerusalem

The Israeli police stopped two Palestinian youths on side of a road for security check - they were kept there for almost 45 minutes

The Israeli police stopped two Palestinian youths on side of a road for security check - they were kept there for almost 45 minutes

A small boy on his way to school in the Muslim Quarter

A small boy on his way to school in the Muslim Quarter

A shop selling cleaning products on the Derech Shaar HaAryot Street

A shop selling cleaning products on the Derech Shaar HaAryot Street

A woman seller on al-Wad Street in the Muslim Quarter of Jerusalem

A woman seller on al-Wad Street in the Muslim Quarter of Jerusalem

A vegetable seller close to the Damascus Gate, in the Muslim Quarter

A vegetable seller close to the Damascus Gate, in the Muslim Quarter

Area in front of the Damascus Gate

Area in front of the Damascus Gate

Israeli security in front of the Damascus Gate

Israeli security in front of the Damascus Gate

The bus station is loctaed on RHS - I took bus from here to go to Bethlehem

The bus station is loctaed on RHS - I took bus from here to go to Bethlehem

Looking back at the Damascus Gate from the bus station - this gate was constructed in 1537 by Suleiman the Magnificent

Looking back at the Damascus Gate from the bus station - this gate was constructed in 1537 by Suleiman the Magnificent

An Arabic style seats which are very low to the ground and one feels like almost sitting on the floor

An Arabic style seats which are very low to the ground and one feels like almost sitting on the floor

A small tractor in one of the streets in the Old Quarter - these small machines are used to collect the rubbish

A small tractor in one of the streets in the Old Quarter - these small machines are used to collect the rubbish

A deserted bazar in Jerusalem

A deserted bazar in Jerusalem

In this photo, few people can be seen, to the right of this a path leads to the Temple Mount access but I was denied on security grounds

In this photo, few people can be seen, to the right of this a path leads to the Temple Mount access but I was denied on security grounds

A woman with a child in the Old City

A woman with a child in the Old City

Two tourists standing beside the Dung Gate (seen from inside)

Two tourists standing beside the Dung Gate (seen from inside)

Queue to get access to the Temple Mount for tourists

Queue to get access to the Temple Mount for tourists

It was a very long queue and I waited patiently for almost 90 minutes

It was a very long queue and I waited patiently for almost 90 minutes

I was so close to get inside but Israeli security closed it five minutes earlier than normal time and I was unable to get inside

I was so close to get inside but Israeli security closed it five minutes earlier than normal time and I was unable to get inside

There were two more queues there to get access to the Western Wall Plaza - men and women were screened separately

There were two more queues there to get access to the Western Wall Plaza - men and women were screened separately

A sign warning Jewish people not to enter the Temple Mount area but as I witnessed later they were accessing it

A sign warning Jewish people not to enter the Temple Mount area but as I witnessed later they were accessing it

A Jew on a phone in the Jewish Quarter

A Jew on a phone in the Jewish Quarter

Visitors coming to the Western Wall Plaza from the street which is opposite the Dung Gate

Visitors coming to the Western Wall Plaza from the street which is opposite the Dung Gate

Jews praying at the Western Wall

Jews praying at the Western Wall

Tourists walking in the Jewish Quarter

Tourists walking in the Jewish Quarter

A map on a wall showing the sites and streets in the Jewish Quarter

A map on a wall showing the sites and streets in the Jewish Quarter

Security personnel in the Jewish Quarter

Security personnel in the Jewish Quarter

A busy cafe in the Old Quarter (Jewish) - this part of Jerusalem seemed to be more lively than the rest

A busy cafe in the Old Quarter (Jewish) - this part of Jerusalem seemed to be more lively than the rest