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Ramat Rachel, Nachlaot and Shuk Mahane Yehuda - March 7th and 9th

posted Mar 3, 2011, 8:52 PM by Jack Cadranel
On Monday March 7th discover surprising Ramat Rachel.  The history of this strategic hilltop high above Jerusalem spans 2,700 years.  There are remains here of a royal palace and citadel from the time of the First Temple, a village from the time of the Second Temple, a Roman villa, a Byzantine monastery, trenches from the 1948 War of Independence and a Jordanian outpost from the Six Day War.  See all this and more including amazing views over Jerusalem while you hear the history of this special place.
Meet at 1.30 p.m. at the entrance to the Ramat Rachel Hotel (Bus No.7).
On Wednesday March 9th explore some of the picturesque neighbourhoods of Nachlaot and the lively and colourful Shuk Mahane Yehuda.  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 9.30 a.m. at the corner of King George and Agrippas Streets.
Please wear comfortable shoes and bring hats and water.  Each tour lasts 2-3 hours and costs NIS 60 per person.  Registration in advance is required.  Please call 054-647-8955 or email

Coming up next week: The Temple Mount at 8.00 a.m. on Monday March 14th and Ethiopia Street at 9.30 a.m. on Wednesday March 16th..