Cultural Tapestry of Jerusalem
JUC is immersed in one of the most vibrant cultural and religious communities in the world. Nestled within the cradle of ancient civilizations and at the modern crossroads of western and eastern cultures, Jerusalem provides a uniquely formative educational experience. The location of so many crucial events in biblical history are at our fingertips, just inside and surrounding the walls of Jerusalem's Old City.
On Mount Zion
The campus of Jerusalem University College is located on a quiet corner of Mount Zion, home to several historic Christian organizations and holy sites.
Our immediate neighbors include the traditional sites of the Room of the Last Supper (the Cenacle) and the tomb of King David, as well as the Dormition Abbey church, and Jerusalem’s Greek Orthodox seminary.
Bishop Gobat School
Our buildings and grounds are the former Bishop Gobat School. The original building of our campus was constructed in 1853, perhaps just the second building erected outside of the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem in modern times.
Significant archaeological remains are found on and around our campus grounds: a line of Jerusalem’s ancient city wall, Jewish ritual immersion baths (miqveot) from New Testament times, and houses dating to the eighth and seventh centuries B.C.
The Protestant Cemetery
Our campus provides access to the Protestant Cemetery on Mount Zion. Founded in 1848 as a joint venture between the Anglican Church and the Evangelical National Church in Prussia (now the German Evangelical Lutheran Church), the cemetery is the resting place of the mortal remains of a number of prominent individuals from the 19th and early 20 centuries. These include the archaeologist Sir William Matthew Flinders Petrie, the architect Conrad Schick, and Horatio Spafford, writer of the beloved hymn "It Is Well With My Soul."