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Jerusalem Full Day Tour from Tel Aviv
"After Tel-Aviv hotel pick ups our small group tour departs to Jerusalem the holiest city in the world. The first stop is Mount of Olives where you will enjoy a panoramic view of the city.We then proceed to Mount Zion home to the room of the Last Supper which commemorates Jesus last supper with his disciples; the Dormition Abbey a marvelous church marking the site where Virgin Mary is said to have died and arrive to visit King David's tomb.We enter the Old City to discover it's different quarters. We walk through the Armenian and Jewish quarters
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Jerusalem Full Day Tour
"You start your day tour with a visit to Mount of Olives for a panoramic view of the Old City . You will continue to Mount Zion to visit the Room of Last Supper the Church of the Dormition and King David’s Tomb before moving on to the Old City itself. Then enjoy the surrounding sights of the Old City as the tour makes its way through the Armenian and Jewish quarters of the city – including the recently excavated Roman road (Cardo) – before visiting the world-re you'll pass along the Via Dolorosa (the “Way of Sorrows”) and take the time to visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Then proceed to the New City to visit Yad Vashem Israel’s memorial to the Holocaust."
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Jerusalem Jewish Heritage Private Tour From Tel Aviv
"We’ll start our tour at the Western Wall – “Kotel” as it is called in Hebrew. Visitors who stand at the Western Wall most often have a sense of not only the rushing presence of the “now-and here” but also of all those who for centuries streamed to this the most sacred place to the Jewish people. Two thousand years ago it was a part of the most magnificent building Jerusalem had ever seen – The Temple. We’ll further proceed to the Jewish Quarter where plenty of religious and historical sites of worldwide importance are actually “squeezed” together. We’ll walk through The Cardo which had been Jerusalem's main street 1500 years ago and is now one of the most interesting sites in the Jewish Quarter. And we’ll visit “Hurva” (“Destructed”) Synagogue which was the largest building in the Jewish Quarter prior to its destruction during Israel's War of Independence. For decades only a lone arch remained as symbol of the Quarter’s destruction.We’ll descend the Herodian Quarter
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Muslim Quarter

Me, Linda and Dee wearing our holy clothing for lunch in the Muslim Quarter. About 22,000 people reside here. Damascus Gate, the busiest entrance into the Old City, is filled with shop keepers and vendors. There are many Roman and Crusader remains in this section. The Via Dolorosa (Way of the Cross) starts here where pilgrims pray as they follow in the footsteps of Jesus as he underwent his trial and passion and had to carry his cross to Golgatha. Some of Jerusalem's loveliest churches, such as St. Anne's, are found in this section.

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Christian Quarter

the Christian Quarter of Jerusalem is the most important site of all christianity (whether roman catholics, eastern orthodox, eastern churches, coptic, mainline protestant, evangelical) as it is here where Jesus was crucified, died, buried and resurrected and Bethlehem nearby as the second important site. The Quarter is located in the Northeastern Side of the Old City and it has more than 40 attractions for Christians like the stations of the cross (via dolorosa), the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Church of John the Baptist, Muristan Market, Church of the Redeemer and more. Many of the neighborhoods buildings were constructed in the 19th century AD but the Christian presence in the quarter dates back to the early Arab Period when Muslim rulers led by Omar Kattab guaranteed the protection of Christians in the areas immediately adjacent to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. The Christian Quarter is accessed by the Jaffa Gate, Old Gate and part of the Damascus Gate.

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Oct 12, 2013

Jewish Quarter

the jewish quarter is located at the Southeast Corner of the Old City and among the attractions in the quarter is the Western Wall Plaza, the Western (Wailing Wall), the old Roman Cardo of which some are restored as shops, and The Herodian Houses, The Hurva Synagogue, the Broad Wall, the Ramban Synagogue (built by famous Jewish Historia Maimonides) The quarter existed since the 8th century AD and was captured by the Jordanian legion in 1948 war and was recaptured along with the resit of the old city by Israel in the 1967 war. Entrance to the Jewish Quarter is via the Zion Gate and the Dung Gate.

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Oct 12, 2013

Largest Quarter in The Old City

the Muslim Quarter is situated at the Northeast of the Old City and occupies the largest part (including the Temple Mount). It became the muslim quarter after the crusaders were expelled from the holyland by Mamluks and by Saladin. Most of the Inhabitants here are Jordanian and Palestinian Arabs and a mixture of Christians and some of the religious sites of Christians lie at this quarter like parts of the via dolorosa, bethesda, Saint Anne Church. The quarter hosts many bazaars and souks and the Damascus, Lion's, Herod's Gate. The Closest Part of the western wall to the Temple mount lies at this quarter, at underground catacombs.

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Muristan

The former Crusaders hospital, the Muristan is now a warren of alleys and converted buildings, mostly housing restaurants, cafes and stalls definately targetting the tourist dollar.

Moreorless in the shadow of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Church of the Redeemer, there is a surprisingly open 'square' in this part of the old city (and is overlooked by Papa Andrea's Cafe - see separate restaurant tip).

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Jun 28, 2012

Rooftop Walkways

To make movement around the city somewhat easier than to always have to fight through the crowds in the narrow alleyways, parts of the Old City are traversed by rooftop walkways and paths, passing mosques and yeshivas and providing a very different perspective.

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Jan 30, 2012

Muslim Quarter

The densest populated quarter of the Old City, accounting for more than 70% of the population, is the Muslim quarter. It's a warren of alleyways (covered or exposed) and, as you move away from the tourist tack of the Via Dolorosa and immediate surrounds, a surprising amount of 'normal' shops assail you - butchers, clothing, bakers, sweet and spice stalls etc. Damascus and the less used St Stephen's (also known as Lion's) gates are the main access/egress points for this section. Damascus gate epitomises the melee of the quarter, with thousands of people leaving and entering the city throughout the day.

There are some stunning examples of Mamluk architecture (13-16th centuries) here - but it's difficult to get the full 'picture' in such an enclosed space. There are a number of Christian sites within this quarter, with Via Dolorosa intersecting the quarter and leading down to St Stephen's Gate - as area that is considerably more spacious than its Damascus counterpart. Many of the narrow streets are grafitti'ed in the green of Hamas.

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Jan 29, 2012

The Cardo

The map found at Madaba in Jordan shows that the single dominant feature of Roman Jerusalem was the Cardo, that ran from Damascus Gate through to an unknown point to the south (although believed to be the current old city walls).

The Cardo was the dominant north-south axis of any Roman town, normally approximately 22.5 metres wide (a six-lane highway!!) lined with shops, public galleries, religious buildings, vendors and was the economic hub of every town.

A map of the current Old City shows the route of the Cardo running from Damascus Gate and what is now Souk Khan el Zeit and onto Jewish Quarter Road. But what was once a wide avenue is now a narrow, Arab-style marketplace with the original pavement several metres below the current level.

Remains of the Byzantine Cardo were discovered in 1970s and within the Jewish Quarter a strip of shops have been built into the originals that lined the street several hundred years ago.

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Jul 23, 2011

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Armenian Cathedral of St James

One of the most private parts of the Old City, the Armenian Quarter is dominated by high walls with little opportunity to see beyond. The Cathedral of St James is a case in point - only the inner front entrance and inner courtyard are accessible to the general public.

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Jul 23, 2011

Monastery of St Saviour's

A Franciscan monastery, the clock tower of its church is one of the tallest buildings in the Old City and can be readily seen from a distance. It's virtually all 19th century and, to be honest, not that interesting compared to many of the other churches and monasteries in the Old City.

It's to be found in the north western corner of the city, within the Christian Quarter and near to New Gate.

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Jul 23, 2011

Church of St Anne and Bethesda

Just inside the city walls less than 50 metres from Lion's Gate is the Church of St Anne and the ruins of Bethesda Pool.

The church, built between 1131 and 1138 by the Crusaders, is found atop what is believed to be the birthplace of Hannah, mother of Mary and grandmother of Christ. Unlike most christian churches, it was not destroyed by the Ottomans, and most of what we see today is original (with some restoration from the late 19th century),

Acoustics in the church are reported as pitch perfect and its become a site of pilgrimage specifically for the singing or religious songs (of any denomination).

Beyond the church are the ruins of the Bethesda Pool and a Roman temple, as well as the foundations of the original Byzantine church that stood on the site.

It can be quite a shock coming through the gate in the wall and seeing the courtyard, garden, church and ruins spread out before you - a hidden enclave behind the walls.

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The Golden Menorah in the Jewish Quarter

The Menorah, a seven-branched candelabrum, is one of the most ancient symbols of Judaism.
According to the Old Testament it was created according to God's explicit commands to Moses, and formed an important part of the Tabernacle, the "portable temple" used by Moses during the wanderings of the People of Israel in the Sinai desert on their way from Egypt to the Promised Land. Several generations later it was incorporated into the Temple built by King Solomon on Mt Moriah in Jerusalem. Its lamps were lit by the purest olive oil.
The Menorah used in the Second Temple was plundered by the Roman Emperor Titus when he conquered Jerusalem from the Jewish rebels, brought to Rome and paraded around the city during Titus' victory parade (see relief on Titus' Arch in Rome!).

An exact life-size replica of the Menorah was constructed from 24-karat gold by scholars in Jerusalem, and it now stands in a large glass box in the Jewish Quarter, overlooking the Wailing Wall and the Temple Mount. Its value is estimated as more than 4 million dollars!

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May 02, 2011

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