Thursday, 30 March 2017

Day 6 - JERUSALEM’S OLD CITY – THE ETERNAL CAPITAL

After an early breakfast at 6:30 am, at the Dan Panorama in Jerusalem, we piled on to the bus at 7:50 for a very long. exciting day walking day.

King David’s Tomb

Our first stop was here. Located on Mount Zion in a 1,000-year-old building, people come here to pay tribute to the great King David, who is most notably famous for composing the Book of Psalms and establishing a unified capital for Israel. A medieval tradition places his tomb at this location. So many stairs to climb!


 

The Kotel (The Western Wall)

Here stands the remnant of the ancient Jewish Temple. People come from all over the world to pray at the wall and feel its strong presence. Write down your greatest wish and place it in the wall, following the tradition of thousands of years and millions of Jews.

It's a feeling like you have never experienced, just standing in the square. When we actually got to the wall, tears of joy sprung to my eyes as I placed my note in a crevice and prayed. One of our tour friends took a picture of Bernie.
 

Old City Jewish Quarter

And we climbed more stairs!!! Oh my ... at least 20 floors ... to get to the Jewish Quarter. The Jewish Quarter remains one of the single most-visited spots in all of Israel. Nestled within one square kilometer of land lay millennia of ancient history. The Old City dates back to the 8th century BCE and is home to numerous historical landmarks.

 
Did you know that Bernie is building me an elevator so I don't have to climb these darn stairs again??? Yeah Bernie!!! & Thanks.
 


 




 

The Four Sephardic Synagogues

During the War of Independence, residents of the Jewish Quarter found cover here for two continuous weeks. After the reunification of Jerusalem in 1967, these four synagogues were rehabilitated, and today they are frequented by the residents of the Jewish Quarter.

 










The FAKE Eliyahoo's chair ...

Bernie sitting in the REAL Eliyahoo's chair ...
(who actually appeared as the "tenth" for a minyan over a hundred years ago ... and he was seen sitting in this chair.)

 

Jerusalem Archaeological Park

Experience Second Temple-era Jerusalem on the eve of its destruction by the Romans. See a virtual reconstruction of the Temple, stroll the walkways of the surrounding city and see the remnants of the staircase that led to the Temple Mount and the Holy of Holies.








Western Wall Tunnels Tour

These underground tunnels contain remnants of entire rooms from the Second Temple period. At Warren’s Gate, you’ll stand just a few feet away from where the Holy Ark stood, and feel the yearning of the Jewish people for the Temple for thousands of years.

Tower of David Museum

The Tower of David served a military purpose until 1967, when it was re-captured by Israel and turned into a museum of Jerusalem’s history. Now you can view the most thorough collection of Jerusalem artifacts, from the Canaanite period 4,000 years ago up to today.

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