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Old City - The Jewish Quarter and the Ramparts

posted Jan 5, 2012, 11:02 PM by Jack Cadranel
This week's tours take you to the Old City of Jerusalem - on the ground in the Jewish Quarter to explore its history and on the ramparts to see the city from atop its walls.
On Monday January 9th our tour of Mount Zion and the Jewish Quarter looks at 600 years of Jewish history - The Rebuilding of Jewish Jerusalem from the Ramban to the Old Yishuv. When Rabbi Moshe ben Nachman arrived in Jerusalem in 1267 he found the city in ruins and just two Jews living here. By 1860 the Jewish population had grown to 8,000 and the community had begun to build hospitals, schools and housing projects. The gates of the Old City were still locked at night but Jerusalem was on the brink of rapid development.
Meet at 9.30 a.m. just outside the Zion Gate. Please wear modest dress for this tour.
However much you love the Old City it can be a real relief to rise above the hustle and bustle of its crowded alleys. Take a Walk on the Walls on Wednesday January 11th and see the city from above. The tour starts at the Tower of David and follows the ramparts past the Armenian and Jewish Quarters to the Dung Gate. Jerusalem will never seem the same again.
Meet at 9.30 a.m. just outside the Jaffa Gate.
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 entrance fees. There are site entrance fees of NIS 10 on Monday's tour and NIS 16 on Wednesday's.
In our schedule for next week: The Battle for the Jewish Quarter 1948 and 1967 on Monday January 16th. A Walk Along the Cease Fire Line from the UN Building to Yemin Moshe on Wednesday January 18th.