Jewish Holy Sites in Jerusalem
Jewish Heritage Tour of Jerusalem
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According to tradition the Binding of Isaac took place on Mount Moriya. Mount Moriya is identified also as the Temple Mount. Later on King David has built the site of his reign in the City of David near Temple Mount. It is believed that he was buried on Mount Zion.
The building of the magnificent Temple on Temple Mount is attributed to King Solomon, his son. It has involved the work of thousands of builders during several years and also vast amounts of money. This was one of the reasons for the split of the kingdom.
After the return from the Babylonian exile Ezra and Nehemiah rebuild the Temple, since nothing has been left of it.
Then “The Great Builder” Herod arrives on the scene. He carries out his grandiose engineering project similar to other large-scale projects and builds a gigantic, glorious Temple. To safeguard the building and keeping order he surrounds it with sentry towers.
The Western Wall, the most sacred remnant for the Jewish world is part of the supporting walls of Temple Mount. These walls have surrounded Temple Mount. We will visit the Western Wall and the nearby area.
The Jewish Quarter
The visit takes us to the Jewish Quarter in the Old City, but also to the historically and archeologically famous wide City Walls. Their discovery ended the age-old dispute between two factions concerning the actual dimensions of the Old City.
The trip will be adjusted to personal points of reference, according to the subjects and their importance.
Hereunder is the list of recommended sites to visit in the Old City of Jerusalem:
The Cardo and its various shops
The Hurvah Synagogue
The Sephardic Synagogues
The Batei Mahaseh (Shelter Homes) Place
The Monument commemorating the heroes of the Independence War 1948
The Tomb of King David – King David’s traditional burial site
The City of David, the central site of his reign located on different levels. Walking through Hezekiyah’s Cave and visiting the source of the Gihon
The Tunnels of the Western Wall where we will see the layer of ancient times pertaining to the Second Temple period
The Tower of David
Strolling around the Herodian Quarter
The Menorah of the Tabernacle – replica of the candelabra pictured on the relief on Titus’ Gate in Rome
The Western Wall
Visit to the Temple Mount – pending the permitting conditions
In the run of our trip we will also visit to the lively and colorful market place
A short visit for informal chat with a Jewish family living in the Jewish Quarter can be eventually arranged
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