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November 22nd and 24th - The Muslim Quarter and Ir David

posted Nov 21, 2010, 1:39 AM by Jack Cadranel
This week's tours are both in and around the Old City and span nearly 4,000 years of Jerusalem's history.
 
On Monday November 22nd take a look at how it was When Jews Lived in the Muslim Quarter.  Is the Old City of Jerusalem divided into four quarters each with its own population?  It sounds neat and tidy but it was never as simple as that.  Populations have moved from place to place and the boundaries of the “quarters” have always been fluid and porous.  The tour follows the story of the many Jewish homes, businesses and institutions to be found in the Moslem Quarter between 1850 and 1936.  
Meet at 1.30 p.m. at the bus stop by the Jewish Quarter parking lot.
 
On Wednesday November 24th 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 Jerusalem 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 9.30am just inside the Dung 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 site fees of NIS 30 on Wednesday's tour.  Please register in advance 054-647-8955 or
tourwithjack@gmail.com .
 
Coming up in the following week: On Monday November 29th at 9.30 a.m. Herodian Mansions and Burnt House.  On Wednesday December 1st at 9.30 a.m. Europe Builds Jerusalem - from the Old City through the Russian Compound to the Italian Hospital.
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