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In Sickness and In Health / Nachlaot and the Mahane Yehuda Market

posted May 19, 2011, 11:15 PM by Jack Cadranel

Our tour on Tuesday May 24th is called In Sickness and In Health. Roman Jerusalem had a healing centre and a temple dedicated to Aesculapius the Greek-Roman god of healing. The knights of Crusader Jerusalem built a huge hospital to care for the many pilgrim visitors.  The Franciscan friars ran a pharmacy here for 400 years.  How come then that in the 1840s Jerusalem had no hospital at all until the missionaries arrived? Come and explore health and health care through the ages in the Old City of Jerusalem.
Meet just inside the Dung Gate at 9.30am.

On Wednesday May 25th 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.

Please wear comfortable shoes and bring hats and water.  The tours last 2-3 hours and cost NIS 60 per person plus site fees.  There are site fees of NIS 7 on Tuesday's tour.  Registration in advance is required.  Please call 054-647-8955 or email tourwithjack@gmail.com .

Tour With Jack will be taking a short break.  Our regular Jerusalem walking tours will start again after Shavuot on Monday June 13th.  Watch out for details.