A tour of Old Jaffa Tour Routes and Entertainment Ideas

Itinerary type: Independent   |   Itinerary type: Drive   |   Itinerary duration: About- 8 Hours   |   Itinerary level: Easy   |   Best Season: All Seasons
In shorcut...
Old Jaffa, a city with a long and impressive history, with which are connected names such as that of the Prophet Jonah and Napoleon, offers numerous sites which make for a fascinating tour. The tour passes between a few of the prominent sites of Old Jaffa which reveal its different aspects- archeological sites, a church, art gelleries, a vibrant market and more.
Itinerary properties:   ●  Families  ●  City trip   ●   Non-circular tour
Story through
1
A visit to the Catholic Church of Gethsemane is one of the highlights of religious experience for Christian believers. This is where Jesus came after the Last Supper. Here he was also caught and brought before the High Priest. At the entrance to this place is an ancient olive tree garden, which leads to a beautiful structure with twelve domes representing the Twelve Apostles. The domes are decorated with various symbols which relate to the twelve countries which took part in the building of this church. Near the eastern wall is a rock on which, according to tradition, Jesus sat in seclusion. The rock is surrounded by a metal lattice which is designed as a Crown of Thorns. During the digging of the foundations for this church, the remnants of an ancient Byzantine church were discovered and the new church was built according to the design of the old one, including the colorful floor mosaics. In the church’s floor are set glass panels which cover the ancient Byzantine mosaic floor.
Show more details
2
The Church of Mary Magdalene on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem is dedicated to Mary Magdalene, Jesus’ faithful disciple, who was referred to as "the apostle to the apostles". As such, she has a very impressive church named after her that is seen to a distance and is considered to be one of the most beautiful churches in Jerusalem. The Church of Mary Magdalene was built by the Russians at the end of the 19th century and it is famous due to its large golden onion-shaped domes (this is why it is also called the "Onions Church”).
But the external luxurious appearance changes into a fairly modest one once you enter the church. The Church of Mary Magdalene includes a well-kept courtyard, beautiful wall paintings, a few pieces of furniture and various images of saints in the best of Russian tradition. Inside the large church’s complex there is also a convent which was added later. The place is filled with tourists and pilgrims, but the visiting hours are fairly limited.
Arrival at Church of Mary Magdalene: the church is located on the Mount of Olives, about 200 meters south-east of the Lion’s Gate (near the Dominus Flevit Church).
Show more details
3
The Lions' Gate (Sha'ar HaArayot), which is located in the eastern section of the wall that surrounds the Old City of Jerusalem, got its name due to the images of the two lions that appear on its sides. The Lions' Gate was built by the Ottomans in 1539 as a part of the Ottoman enterprise for the raising of the whole wall. However, the lions symbolize earlier days, when the lion was the symbol of the 13th century vicious Mamluk Sultan, Baibars. Some of the researchers claim that the images of the lions where integrated into the gate after being taken out of a nearby Mamluk structure. Tradition tells that lions appeared in the dreams of the Ottoman Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent, the builder of the wall. They told him that he needs to fortify the city of Jerusalem with a wall and so he did. The Christians call this place St. Stephen's Gate and it leads to the Muslim Quarter. Incidentally, it was from this gate, that the Israel Defense Forces broke into the city during the Six Days War in 1967.
Show more details
4
The Dung Gate (Sha'ar HaAshpot), which is located in the southern section of the wall that surrounds the Old City of Jerusalem, not far from the Western Wall, was built by the Ottoman Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent. The word combination "The Dung Gate” (Sha'ar HaAshpot), appears in the Book of Nehemiah in relation to a gate in the city’s wall from the days of The Return to Zion- the Biblical event in which the Jews returned to the Land of Israel from the Babylonian exile- which started in 538 BCE. The reason for its being named the Dung Gate (Sha'ar HaAshpot) is not known but there are those who think that it was from this gate that the residue was taken out from the Jewish Temple. At first the Dung Gate (Sha'ar HaAshpot) was a narrow gate which was aimed for the passage of one person at a time and most of the time it was even closed. Later on it was expanded and developed by the Ottomans and by the Jordanians during their rule here, and then by the Municipality of Jerusalem. From this gate there is a convenient access to the Jewish quarter, the Western Wall and the Western Wall Tunnel.

Show more details
5
The Davidson Center in Jerusalem, an integral part of the Archeological Park, provides a very special historic experience which includes advanced technological means. The innovative Davidson Center aims at helping its visitors to experience the city’s history in a fun and friendly manner. The Davidson Center includes a few well-lit galleries, which walking around them simulates a gradual and charming journey through time. And everything is filled with finds from the past, models of structures, a virtual interactive model of the Temple Mount from the time of the Second Jewish Temple, which is considered to be one of the more sophisticated of its kind, and more. One can also find at the Davidson Center films about the history of the archeological excavations in this multi-layered city. Of course, if you are already here, do not miss out on a walk outside around the lovely Archeological Park which is located near the southern wall of the Old City of Jerusalem.

Show more details
6
The Dome of the Rock, known also as the Golden Dome, is the oldest original Islamic structure in the world. It is located on the Temple Mount in the Old City of Jerusalem and considered an architectural and artistic exemplar, one of the most beautiful in the world, and a foundation stone in the history of Islamic art and architecture. The Dome of the Rock is important in Islamic tradition as it is considered to be the place from which Muhammad ascended to Heaven, the foundation of the world and its strength of existence. The structure of the Dome of the Rock is considered to be one of the most beautiful in the Middle East, and the gold of the dome shines to a distance. The outer walls of the structure are decorated with marble slabs and their upper part is covered with light blue Armenian ceramics created by local artists. The Dome itself is covered with about 150 kilograms of pure gold.
Show more details
7
The Western Wall (HaKotel HaMa'aravi) or Wailing Wall is the most visited place in Israel and this is due to its great religious importance. In the Late Second Temple Period, in the year of 20 BCE, Herod the Great started to renovate the complex of the Temple. Herod the Great decided to expand the Temple Mount courtyard so that it could contain the hundreds of thousands pilgrims that came to visit it. In order to do that, he built four huge retaining walls around the Foundation Stone of Mount Moriah in order to support the extensive renovations and between them he built a system of domes and underground spaces which will serve as the infrastructure for the Temple Mount courtyard. The Western Wall (HaKotel HaMa'aravi) is the western retaining support wall of the Temple Mount and also a part of the wall which surrounded the sacred complex. At the time of the destruction of the Temple during the Roman rule many of the Western Wall’s upper layers were torn down as well and it turned into a center of pilgrimage which commemorates the sacred connection that exists between a People and their religion. During the last forty years the Western Wall Plaza was expanded and renovated for the convenience of the thousands of visitors and worshipers who come here. The archeological excavations on site were renewed and today the Western Wall Plaza serves as a kind of a huge open synagogue, to which visitors arrive in order to worship and put small pieces of paper, on which they write their requests of God, in between the Western Wall’s stones.



Show more details
8
The Western Wall Tunnels are an underground system of manmade tunnels, entrances and passage ways in the Old City of Jerusalem, which pass under the buildings of the Muslim Quarter and serve as the continuation of the Western Wall. In order to reveal the continuation of the hidden wall, archeologists dug and exposed the full length of the Western Wall. In 1996 the tunnel opened into the Via Dolorosa Street which is in the Old Jerusalem’s Muslim Quarter. In the Western Wall Tunnels one can see the huge stones of the Western Wall, which King Herod the Great has planned. In one of these tunnels a huge stone has sunk and its weight is no less than 570 tons. In the Western Wall Tunnels the visitors pass underneath the houses of the Old City of Jerusalem and get to see the hidden sections of the Western Wall, a completely preserve Second Temple Period street, a tunnel form the time of the Hasmoneans (a ruling Jewish dynasty of Judea and the surrounding regions during the 2nd century BCE), the remains of a thousand years old synagogue and more. The walk underground itself and the proximity to the remains of the Jewish Temple are very much awe inspiring. The Western Wall Tunnels also pass near the Foundation Stone (Even HaShtiya), which is now located inside the Dome of the Rock, but is the holiest site in Judaism, the place of the Holy of Holies, where the Ark of the Covenant was kept in the Jewish Temple which stood there before, and the spiritual junction of heaven and Earth, from where the world was created.
Show more details
Tel Aviv Tour Routes and Entertainment Ideas
Best Season: All Seasons
Type of Tour: Independent
Tour Mode: Hike
Tour Duration: About- 4 Hours
Difficulty Level: Easy
Best Season: All Seasons
Type of Tour: Independent
Tour Mode: Hike
Tour Duration: About- 3 Hours
Difficulty Level: Easy
Follow Us on the Social Networks
Members Club
Want to receive Israel Traveler's spectacular newsletter - the Israeli Experience?
 
© All Rights Reserved to israelTraveler Publishers   |   Contact Us   |   About Us  |   Terms   |   Site Map