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April 4th and 6th: Nachlaot and the Shuk and A Walk on the Walls

posted Mar 31, 2011, 10:56 PM by Jack Cadranel
This week's tours take you into the lively bustle of the Mahane Yehuda Market and enable you to rise above it all as you follow the Ramparts Walk on the walls of the Old City.
 
On Monday April 4th explore some of the picturesque neighbourhoods of Nachlaot and the lively and colourful Mahane Yehuda Market.  In the last quarter of the 19th Century Jewish neighbourhoods began to spring up along the Jaffa Road. A makeshift market grew up in a nearby field in an arrangement that suited everyone.  Farmers from the local villages had found an outlet for their produce and residents of the new neighbourhoods were saved the long walk to the Old City to buy their food.  Today these neighbourhoods and the market that grew up on their doorstep are much loved features of the city.
Meet at 2.30 p.m. at the corner of King George and Agrippas Streets.
 
On Wednesday April 6th take A Walk on the Walls of the Old City from the Jaffa Gate to the Damascus Gate.  Built in the 16th Century by Suleiman the Magnificent the walls have come to symbolise the City of Jerusalem. Turkish, British, Jordanian and Israeli soldiers all stood guard these ramparts over the past 450 years. Starting at the Jaffa Gate we'll follow the Ramparts Walk to the Damascus Gate and see the Old City and beyond from a whole new perspective. Returning to ground level we'll walk through the colorful local markets on our way back to the Jaffa Gate where the tour ends.
Meet at 9.30 a.m. just outside the Jaffa Gate.
 
Please wear comfortable shoes and bring hats and water.  Each tour lasts 2-3 hours and costs NIS 60 per person.  There are site entry fees of NIS 16 on Wednesday's tour.  Registration in advance is required.  Please call 054-647-8955 or email
tourwithjack@gmail.com .
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