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December 19th and 21st - Back to the Ancient Heart of Jerusalem

posted Dec 15, 2011, 10:30 PM by Jack Cadranel   [ updated Dec 15, 2011, 10:31 PM ]
This week's tours take us back to the ancient heart of Jerusalem - to the origins of the city and to the reasons that so many people hold it to be sacred.
After all the uncertainty, the Mughrabi Gate will be open and Monday's Temple Mount tour will go ahead.
On Monday December 19th tour the Temple Mount. The Temple Mount is holy to Jews, Muslims and Christians. We shall explore the history and significance of this important and controversial site and see some of the buildings which occupy it today. Please wear modest clothing for this tour and do not bring prayer books, bibles, tefillin or any religious books or articles.
Meet at 8.00 am just inside the Dung Gate (Bus lines 1, 2, 3, 38)
On Wednesday December 21st explore Ir David - the City of David. Is the massive building Eilat Mazar has found really King David's palace? The Canaanite water system is 3,700 years old but did David's army climb up Warren's Shaft to conquer the city? How did King Hezekiah defend the city against the Assyrians 2,700 years ago? Why were paving stones of a 2,000 year old stepped street deliberately broken through? Come and see for yourself!
Meet at 9.30 a.m. by the ticket office of the Ir David visitors' centre.
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 fees. There are site fees of NIS 32 on Wednesday's tour.
In our schedule for next week: The Jewish Quarter and Old City Rooftops with Chanukah Candles and Doughnuts on Monday December 26th. Nachlaot and the Mahane Yehuda Market on Wednesday December 28th.