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Christian Jerusalem: Eastern Churches and Crusaders - January 24th & 26th

posted Jan 20, 2011, 1:26 PM by Jack Cadranel
Jerusalem has been held at different times by Jews, Christians and Muslims as well as by pagan empires.  For the three hundred years between the 4th and 7th centuries and and for just over 100 years in the 12th and 13th centuries the city was in Christian hands.  This week's tours explore two aspects of Christian Jerusalem.
 
On Monday January 24th discover Eastern Churches in the Old City. Orthodox churches are amongst the oldest Christian institutions in Jerusalem. We will see historic and richly decorated buildings, learn a little of their history and experience their liturgy as we visit churches from the Greek Orthodox, Syrian Orthodox, Armenian and Greek Catholic traditions.  Please wear modest clothing for this tour.
Meet just outside the Jaffa Gate at 1.30pm.
 
On Wednesday January 26th follow in the footsteps of the Crusaders in Jerusalem.  The  Crusaders conquered Jerusalem in 1099 and massacred its inhabitants.  They redeveloped it as a destination for pilgrims.  When they were finally driven out they left behind a rich architectural heritage.  We'll explore some of their buildings and follow the story of the Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem.  Please wear modest clothing for this tour.
Meet at 9.30 a.m. just outside the Jaffa Gate.
 
Please wear comfortable shoes and bring hats and water for these tours.  Each of them lasts 2-3 hours and costs NIS 60 per person plus site entrance fees.  There are entrance fees of NIS 5 on each tour this week.  Please register in advance 054-647-8955 or
tourwithjack@gmail.com .
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