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A Great Start to 2012 - The Southern Wall and the Muslim Quarter

posted Dec 29, 2011, 10:05 PM by Jack Cadranel
There couldn't be a better start for our tours in 2012. Just this week the Israel Antiquities Authority announced the discovery of a small inscribed clay object near the south west corner of the Temple Mount. Nothing like this has been found before. It is direct evidence of the workings of the Second Temple.
On Monday January 2nd tour The Southern Wall Excavations where this exciting discovery was made. This beautiful archaeological park with remains that span 2,000 years of Jerusalem's history sits at the foot of the Temple Mount. It includes the Solomonic Wall recently excavated and described by Eilat Mazar. You will see this and much, much more.
Meet at 9.30 a.m. just inside the Dung Gate.
On Wednesday January 4th discover what life was like When Jews Lived in the Muslim Quarter. Over the centuries the boundaries of the "four quarters" of the Old City of Jerusalem have always been porous. In the mid-19th Century the Jewish Quarter of the Old City was a dirty, overcrowded and expensive place to live and the Jewish population was growing. One solution was to spread further afield. This tour takes you into the Muslim Quarter and tells the story of the many Jewish homes, businesses and institutions to be found there between 1850 and 1936.
Meet at 9.30 a.m. at the bus stop by the Jewish Quarter parking lot. (Bus No.38)
Please note that the schedule is subject to change and that tours will only take place if a minimum of three people have registered. Registration in advance is required. Call 054-647-8955 or email tourwithjack@gmail.com . Don't forget to wear comfortable shoes and to bring hats and water. Each tour lasts 2-3 hours and costs NIS 70 per person plus site entrance fees. There are site entrance fees of NIS 30 on Monday's tour.
In our schedule for next week: Rebuilding Jewish Jerusalem from the Ramban to the Old Yishuv on Monday January 9th. A Walk on the Walls from the Citadel to the Dung Gate on Wednesday January 11th.