From the Tower of David to the Hurva Synagogue Tour Routes and Entertainment Ideas

Itinerary type: Independent   |   Itinerary type: Hike   |   Itinerary duration: About- 6 Hours   |   Itinerary level: Easy   |   Best Season: All Seasons
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A tour of Jerusalem in which one can learn about the past through a visit to sites such as the Tower of David Museum which tells the history of Jerusalem in a fascinating way, the Old City’s Cardo and more, as well as the bustling life of the present as they are experienced in places such as the Old City’s market.
Itinerary properties:   ●  Families  ●  City trip   ●   Non-circular tour
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The Tower of David Museum of the History of Jerusalem is located in the medieval citadel known as the Tower of David and presents a permanent exhibition which tells the story of Jerusalem throughout its history. The structure of the Tower of David medieval citadel, overlooking the Old City of Jerusalem and the modern one, is a fascinating archeological site in itself. The Tower of David Museum also presents changing exhibitions which relate to the unique setting of this place and integrate the magnificence of the ancient citadel and the history which lives within its stones, with a contemporary presentation of artistic and historical issues. The main attraction in the Tower of David Museum of the History of Jerusalem is the unique Night Spectacular sound and light show, which unfolds the story of Jerusalem through giant breathtaking virtual reality images in the citadel’s courtyard. The Night Spectacular creates an enchanting multi-sensory experience, which is accompanied by screened images, music and wonderful sound effects.
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The Jaffa Gate (Sha'ar Yafo), which is located in the western section of the wall that surrounds the Old City of Jerusalem, features an abundance of decorations as well as impressive stone arches. It was given its name due to its location near the road which led west, to the port city of Jaffa (Yafo), from where many pilgrims arrived to Jerusalem along the years. The Jaffa Gate was built by the Ottomans in 1538, and much like the other city’s gates it was locked in the evenings. But differently from the other gates, in 1860 the Turks decided to open it during the dark hours as well, due to the pressure which was put on them by the Russian rule, which wanted to give access to Russian pilgrims into the city and its churches. It is interesting to know that in 1898, before the visit of the German Kaiser Wilhelm II, it was decided to expand the gate so that the Kaiser could enter the city on his chariot. The Jaffa Gate is close to the Tower of David, the Armenian Quarter and the Christian Quarter, as well as to the market of the Old City of Jerusalem.
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Visitors to the Old City’s Market are met with numerous narrow stone alleys, loud cries of peddlers and strong scents and colors. The borders of the Old City’s Market are never clear but a visit in it is always enjoyable, surprising and new. The Old City’s Market is actually composed of a few markets that were connected together, which spread over the streets of the Old City and "trickle” from the Muslim Quarter into the Christian and Armenian Quarters. So what can one find here? Everything: from food, herbs and sweets, house ware, colorful cloths and clothes, Jewish, Christian and Muslim religious oriented gifts and souvenirs for tourist, as well as food stands, cafés, excellent humus and electronics. One can also find at the Old City’s Market many tourists, which give it a very cosmopolitan feel. The Old City’s Market is an oriental bazaar as one should be. The entrance to the Old City’s Market is through Sultan S?leyman Street or the Jaffa Gate. The Old City’s Market is open throughout the week.
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At the edge of the Armenian Quarter in Jerusalem, very close to the Jewish Quarter, is the ethnographic Old Yishuv Court Museum which present to its visitors the way of life of those who were called the Old Yishuv people in Jerusalem. The Old Yishuv Court Museum deals with the hundreds of years before the founding of the State of Israel and it includes courtyards and synagogues. The Old Yishuv Court Museum also includes reconstructions of rooms which served for the residence of various ethnic groups. The Old Yishuv Court Museum is filled with furniture items, clothes, houseware, work tools and more. Among other things, one can see at the Old Yishuv Court Museum bridal dresses, a bed for a woman giving birth, a StaM Scribe’s work room, talismans and more. The Old Yishuv Court Museum, the entrance into which is dark and mysterious, is housed in a 500 year old structure.

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"Cardo” in Latin means primary road. The Cardo of the Jewish Quarter in the Old City of Jerusalem was a main road already in Roman times. It is defined as a market but it is still a very well-kept and aesthetic area, which is located between Chabad and HaYehudim (The Jews) Streets. It attracts mainly tourists, but Israelis also find it interesting due to the artwork, cosmetics and Judaica items that are sold in the shops here. And everything is well integrated with the remains of its Roman past: high marble pillars, Roman pavement and more. Alongside these are presented a copy of the ancient Madaba Map and a model of the Jewish Temple’s Menorah.
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After years of renovation and reconstruction works, the "HurvaSynagogue stands in all of its magnificence at the center of the Jewish Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem. Its history starts in the beginning of the 18th century, when Rabbi Yehudah HeHasid arrived at Jerusalem at the head of a group of Ashkenazi Jews. At the courtyard of this place they planned to build a synagogue, but their Muslim creditors chased them away, and ever since it was called the "Hurva” (the Ruin). The "Hurva” Synagogue was rebuilt in the mid 19th century and according to testimonials it was magnificent. At the time of the conquest of the area during the Israeli War of Independence the "Hurva” Synagogue was demolished again. In the spring of 2010, a historical justice was done here and the "Hurva” Synagogue was rebuilt for the third time. The remains of the previous structure were integrated into the new one and the interior of the "Hurva” Synagogue was reconstructed with the help of written testimonials and old photographs. Also were reconstructed the magnificent wall paintings which describe places such as Rachel’s Tomb, the Cave of the Patriarchs, Tiberias and Safed.
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Jerusalem Tour Routes and Entertainment Ideas
Best Season: All Seasons
Type of Tour: Independent
Tour Mode: Hike
Tour Duration: About- 7 Hours
Difficulty Level: Easy
Best Season: All Seasons
Type of Tour: Independent
Tour Mode: Hike
Tour Duration: About- 2 Hours
Difficulty Level: Easy
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