Wherever you dig in Israel, vestiges of the past leap up at you. Build a road, excavate foundations for a building, install an underground pipe – any kind of earthwork leads to archeological finds. Many blueprints have had to be changed and roads rerouted as construction teams stumble upon old burial caves, ancient arches and ritual baths.
Wedged between the homes on a quiet street in the middle of Rehavia, an upscale residential neighborhood, is a funerary monument with a pyramid-shaped roof from the late Hellenistic-early Roman period: Jason’s Tomb – in Hebrew, Kever Yason. No one knows for sure who this Yason was, but he is believed to have been a high priest from a wealthy priestly family forced out of Jerusalem by rivals in 172 B.C.E. (according to the writings of the famous historian Josephus).
The tomb, dating to the 2nd century B.C.E., was discovered accidentally in 1956, when a house was being built. It sits back from the street, inside a little courtyard with vines growing up around it – a kind of secluded secret garden you would never see unless you were specifically looking for it. Inside the tomb are rock-cut burial niches. A charcoal drawing of naval vessels discovered on the wall has led to speculations that Yason may have had some connection to shipping.
A Greek and Aramaic epitaph reads: A powerful lament make for Yason, son of P…(my brother) peace…who hast built thyself a tomb, Elder rest in peace.
Thanks to this tomb in town, Yason, long dead and gone, still lives on in some people’s minds (admittedly, not many…).
(10 Alfassi Street - Make a left on Radak Street and then a right)
Buses: 9, 19, 31, 32
Is all the spirituality and seriousness of being at the navel of the world and the cradle of three religions getting to you? Then head for the Monster Slide in Kiryat Hayovel for proof that Jerusalem does have a sense of humor.
The "Mifletzet," as it is called by one and all, is a giant spotted monster sculpture with three red tongues that serve as slides. The work of French artist Niki de Saint Phalle (1930-2002), this funny creature, big as a house, is hard to miss. It sits in the middle of a park in western Jerusalem, on the way to Hadassah Hospital - Ein Karem (it's called Rabinovich Park, but don't bet on anyone knowing that - just say "the Mifletzet").
The Kiryat Hayovel monster has been around since 1972. My own children spent many afternoons here in the 1980s (we lived nearby). It was great for tiring them out before bedtime.
Don't be shy - even grown-ups can have a turn.
Ha ha, yes, well, not exactly, but when hanging around in some small street you might get surprised by this and have a smile.
If Disney ever plan to open amusement park in Israel, I hope they will not have a legal dispute. :)
Well, it has been ages since I was in this place. I am not sure exactly how this place is running this days, it used to host also some parties and inside was a wonderful bar restaurant where we could eat nice steak and have a beer with it.
Anyhow, ask the local people about this place, and even for some of the exhibitions its worth to visit here.
A few minutes away from the walls, you can find the first outside neighbour of Jerusalem, with a personal character
It is called, Yemin Moshe, in the name of Sir Moses Montefiore, that opened the windmill to attract people outside the walls.
Yes, this is Jerusalem on January 7th. 2002,
So, just for your information, it is possible to have a day or two of snow during the winter. But even in summer it might be cool at night, so be aware.
The Jerusalem Biblical Zoo - The Tisch Family Zoological Gardens.
It has been realy long time since I visited this zoo, it has been improved a lot sine I was here and I guess I should visit again.
The Judea Desert is just a short drive away. It is in general the area between Jerusalem and the Dead-Sea, it is surely one of the area's you should visit for a day trip outside the city.
This is the classic modern Menora. Located in one of the garden in Jerusalem which I can't right now remember its name, I'll be back to update it here once when I remember it :)
This is the St. Joseph's French Hospital if Jerusalem. Not that I think you might need it, but this is a beautiful piece of architecture just few minutes walk outside the old city.
A little surreal image. Ping-pong tables in the old city of Jerusalem, right next to the city walls.
The Armenian are known for their fine ceramics. There is a little ceramics museum in the Armenian Quarter. This picture was taken across the street in the Armenian Tavern restaurant.
Jerusalem is especially beautiful in the snow. See some more in the Jerusalem in Snow travelogue.
Didn't expect grafitti here, did you? Well, here it is. I can't tell what it means. Maybe someone else can tell me? I hope it isn't something nasty.
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