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March 8th and 10th: Nachlaot and the Herodian Mansions

posted Mar 4, 2010, 11:36 PM by Jack Cadranel
Next week's tours cover the developing New City in the 19th Century and the destruction of the Old City in the year 70.
 
On Monday March 8th we shall be exploring the lesser known Yemenite, Persian, Kurdish and Aleppan neighbourhoods of Nachlaot.  From Kurdistan and Persia, the Yemen and Syria poor families set out on the long and difficult journey to Jerusalem, often losing what little they had along the way. At first they lived in makeshift huts and little by little established themselves and their communities. This tour tells their stories and visits their early neighbourhoods.
We shall meet outside Ima's Restaurant at the junction of Agrippas Street and Ben Zvi Boulevard at 1.30 pm.
 
On Wednesday March 10th we shall visit the Herodian Mansions and Burnt House.  On the eve of the destruction of the Temple the Jews were torn apart by internal struggles; rich against poor, Sadducees against Pharisees, Zealots against the peace faction. On the 8th of Elul, a month after they burned the Temple, the Romans set fire to the upper city. Some of the wealthiest families and priests had homes on the slope of the Western Hill with a wonderful view of the Temple. Their power and position did not save them from the disaster that was to come. We'll visit their houses and learn about their lifestyles and the strife that led to their downfall.
We'll meet at 9.30am at the bus stop by the Jewish Quarter parking lot.
 
Each of these tours lasts 2-3 hours and costs NIS 60 per person plus admission fees.  There are admission fees of NIS 35 for adults, NIS 25 for senior citizens and NIS 16 for children on Wednesday's tour.    Please register in advance 054-647-8955 or
tourwithjack@gmail.com .
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