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  • Day18

    Israel

    October 24, 2017 in Palestine

    Today we left the beautiful northern region of Israel & headed south to Jerusalem! A journey that took approximately 2 hours because we stopped along the way, to lay a wreath in honor of the fallen, just outside of Jericho.
    It was an interesting view from our window along the way, as the border with Jordan was visible in many places, just on the edge of the road. We saw many warning signs of landmines beyond the barbed wire fence 🤤! Unfortunately, we had to bypass the city of Jericho altogether, as it is a Palestinian controlled territory & our guide, Zel, being Jewish, would have had to have sought special permission to show us around. The history of fighting, wars & land control is fascinating & far more complex than we realised. Zel filled us in as best he could; his maps made it alot easier to understand, as we could visually see how frequently the borders have shifted in the past 100 years.
    Our first stop in Jerusalem was the beautiful Mount of Olives, with its incredible views over the city. A few photos were taken here before we were back on the bus & winding our way down to the Old City - a 0.9sq km walled area within the modern city of Jerusalem.
    We pulled up near the famed Southern Steps & headed in via the Dung Gate. Our first stop was the famous Western/Wailing Wall, where we all spent some time reflecting - it was pretty awesome to be right there in the midst of it all. Next, we wove our way through the ancient streets & alley ways, taking in the history of bygone eras at every twist & turn. In amongst the maze that it is, we ended up at the Christian Quarter where we steadily made our way through the throngs of people shopping in the marketplace. At the top of an alley we arrived out into the plaza containing the Tower of David. The history at every turn was incredible. We enjoyed a beautiful lunch at Christ Church, a refreshing oasis hidden behind tall gates - the break was a welcome relief in order to absorb the massive amount of history we has just absorbed in walking the 500m or so.
    After a quick half an hour of exploring, we made our way out through the Jaffa Gate & back on to our bus, bound for the hotel - Dan Jerusalem. We had an hour to settle in & change before we headed back out to the Tower of David for a special concert by our band, followed by an incredible special showing of a sound & light show. It was spectacular!
    It is now 9.50pm & our eyes are barely staying open. It is off to bed for us in preparedness for our next adventure tomorrow...
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  • Day3

    Juruselum - The Old City

    June 28, 2017 in Palestine

    We visited the original old city of Jerusalem yesterday. We were there for a full 12 hours and could have spent another day there. It is an amazing place that must be visited to fully understand and appreciate. So much history and a melting pot if cultures that have persisted for thousands of years.

  • Day2

    Jerusalem

    December 31, 2015 in Palestine

    Autor: Felix
    Der erste Tag unserer Reise ins heilige Land. Angekommen am Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv ging es schnell mit der Bahn bzw. den Sheruts (Sammeltaxis) ins Landesinnere, nach Jerusalem oder Jeruschalajim. Dort angekommen waren wir zuerst etwas enttäuscht, es regnete wie aus Eimern. Die Reaktion der Einheimischen hierauf war jedoch so positiv, das auch unsere Laune stieg - Regen scheint in der Wüste doch seltener zu sein ;-)

    Nach einem kurzen Trip auf den Markt zu Stärkung (Granatapfel!) ging es weiter in die historische Altstadt, welche wahnsinnig vollgepackt ist mit historischen religiösen Stätten: Felsendom, Klagemauer, Leidensweg Jesu ... um nur einige zu nennen. Selbstverständlich kosteten wir weitere lokale Spezialitäten wie Falafel und weitere deren Namen mir bis heute unbekannt sind.

    Zum Abschluss des ersten Tages in Jerusalem waren wir Zeugen einer Licht- und Soundshow in bzw. auf der Davidszitadelle, die die Geschichte Jerusalems erzählte - sehr zu empfehlen.
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  • Day1

    Via Dolorosa

    May 25, 2017 in Palestine

    Gav mig ut genom stan längs den bazaarliknande Davids street och till Lions Gate, där Jesus sista färd sägs ha börjat. Därifrån längs Via Dolorosa går man via nio "Stations", där något ska ha hänt. Exempel är där Jesus ramlade eller han sa något eller såg sin mor etc. Den första är där han ska ha fördömts av Pontus Pilatus t.ex.
    Intressant promenad men det mest spännande var nog folket och kulturblandningen. Allt ifrån ultraortodoxa judar till präster och nunnor och muslimer. Böneutrop blandades med folk som gick i procession och bar kors längs vägen. Vandringen slutar vid Golgata, där Church of the Holy Sepuchlre nu ligger och innehåller de sista fem stationerna.Read more

  • Day5

    More Hummus and to Tel Aviv

    May 29, 2017 in Palestine

    Väl i gamla stan igen stannade jag på Tala Hummus and Falefel och åt lite. Sen tog jag det lite lugnt på hotellet innan jag tog mitt pick och pack och gick ca 15 minuter norrut till HaNeviim och hittade efter lite letande den sherut (delad minibuss som åker när den blivit full) som hotellet tipsat om.
    Rusningstrafik och grymt varmt men efter ett tag släppte trafiken och det gick fort till busstationen i Tel Aviv.Read more

  • Day2

    Citadel (Tower of David)

    May 26, 2017 in Palestine

    Blev släppt lite norr om gamla stan. Gick tillbaka och till Damascus Gate, rätt mäktig, och sen genom stan till Jaffa Gate och The Citadel, eller Tower of David som det också heter. Fin utsikt över hela gamla stan och en jättebra utställning med alla Jerusalems tidsåldrar.

  • Day3

    Night Spectacular - Tower of David

    May 27, 2017 in Palestine

    23:00 ljusshow på Citadellet som återgav Jerusalems historia. Man satt inne på borggården och väggarna var "levande" i tre av fyra håll. Fint och ganska imponerande. Mkt fint innan och efter showen också, under showen fick man inte fota såklart.

  • Day4

    Souqs and hummus

    May 28, 2017 in Palestine

    Gick nerför Olivberget till gamla stan, in genom Lions Gate. Sen runt lite bland suoqsen. Åt bra hummus på Abu Shukri, på Via Dolorosa. Sen till Church of the Holy Sepulchre igen och kollade lite till. Denna gång gick jag in till rummet graven ska ha varit. Präst utanför som såg till att man inte var där inne mer än tre sekunder. Han kastade faktiskt handgripligen up en liten kvinna som var där för länge.
    Kollade och shoppade lite, tog en lokal öl vid Jaffa Gate. När jag skulle hämta ut pengar visade hotellägaren mig till sprillans nytt utomhus-mall. Precis utanför Jaffa Gate, som jag missat helt. Inte så spännande dock.
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  • Day1

    East New Imperial Hotel

    May 25, 2017 in Palestine

    Landade i Tel Aviv vid 1230 och kom smidigt in i landet. Tog taxi till Jerusalem (ca 50km) och Jaffa Gate, där hotellet New Imperial låg. Fint och bra rum.

  • Day9

    Tower of David/Jaffa Gate

    January 31, 2017 in Palestine

    Under tower where Hared met wise men, by tradition.

    The Tower of David is an ancient citadel located near the Jaffa Gate entrance to the Old City of Jerusalem. Built to strengthen a strategically weak point in the Old City's defenses, the citadel that stands today was constructed during the 2nd century BCE and subsequently destroyed and rebuilt throughout the years by the Christian, Muslim, Mameluk, and Ottoman conquerors of Jerusalem. It contains important archaeological finds dating back 2,700 years, and is a popular venue for benefit events, craft shows, concerts, and sound-and-light performances.

    The name "Tower of David" was first used by the Byzantine Christians who believed the site to be the palace of King David.

    History

    During the 2nd century BC, the Old City of Jerusalem expanded onto the so-called Western Hill. This 773-meter-high prominence, which comprises the modern Armenian and Jewish Quarters as well as Mount Zion, was bounded by steep valleys on all sides except for its northwest corner. After King David and his son the legendary King Solomon's initial fortifications, King Hezekiah may have been the first to specifically fortify this area. Centuries later, the Hasmonean kings surrounded the area with an impressive wall and large watchtowers, which 1st century historian Josephus Flavius refers to as the First Wall.

    Herod, who assumed power after the fall of the Hasmonean dynasty, added three massive towers to the fortifications in 37-34 BC. He built these at the vulnerable northwest corner of the Western Hill, where the Tower of David is now located. His purpose was not only to defend the city, but to safeguard his own royal palace located nearby on Mount Zion. Herod named the tallest of the towers, 145 feet in height, thePhasael in memory of his brother who had committed suicide (or so it was reported). Another tower was called the Miriam, named for his second wife whom he had executed and buried in a cave to the west of the tower. He named the third tower the Hippicus after one of his friends. Of the three towers, only the Phasael still stands today.

    Following the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans in 70 CE, the site served as barracks for the Roman troops. When the Roman Empire adopted Christianity as the imperial religion in the 4th century, a community of monks established itself in the citadel.

    After the Arab conquest of Jerusalem in 638 CE, the new Muslim rulers refurbished the citadel. This powerful structure withstood the assault of the Crusaders in 1099 CE, and surrendered only when its defenders were guaranteed safe passage out of the city.

    During the Crusader period, thousands of pilgrims undertook the pilgrimage to Jerusalem by way of the port at Jaffa. To protect pilgrims from the menace of highway robbers, the Crusaders built a tower surrounded by a moat atop the citadel, and posted lookouts to guard the road to Jaffa. The citadel also served as the seat of the Crusader kings of Jerusalem.

    In 1187, Sultan Saladin captured the city and the site. The Mameluks destroyed it in 1260 CE and later rebuilt it. The citadel was rebuilt yet again between 1537 and 1541 by the Ottomans, who designed an impressive entrance, behind which stood a cannon emplacement. For 400 years, the citadel served as a garrison for Turkish troops. The Ottomans also installed a mosque at the site and added the minaret, which still stands today. It was during this time that the complex began to be called the "Tower of David", after the founder-king of Jerusalem.

    During World War I, British forces under General Edmund Allenby captured Jerusalem. General Allenby formally proclaimed the capture standing on a platform outside the entrance to the Tower of David.

    During the period of the British Mandate (1917-1948), the British High Commissioner established the Pro-Jerusalem Society to protect the city's cultural heritage. This organization cleaned and renovated the citadel and reopened it to the public as a venue for concerts, benefit events and exhibitions by local artists. In the 1930s, a museum of Palestinian folklore was opened in the citadel, displaying traditional crafts and clothing.

    Following the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, the Arab Legion captured Jerusalem and converted the citadel back to its historical role as a military position, as it commanded a dominant view across the armistice line into Jewish Jerusalem. With the Israeli victory of 1967 after the Six-Day War, the citadel's cultural role was revived.

    Tower of David Museum

    The Tower of David Museum of the History of Jerusalem was opened in 1989 by the Jerusalem Foundation. Located in a series of chambers in the original citadel, the museum includes a courtyard containing archeological ruins dating back 2,700 years. The exhibits depict 4,000 years of Jerusalem's history, from its beginnings as a Canaanite city to modern times. Using maps, videotapes, holograms, drawings and models, the exhibit rooms each depict Jerusalem under its various rulers. Visitors may also ascend to the ramparts, which command a 360-degree view of the Old City and New City of Jerusalem. As of 2002, the Jerusalem Foundation reported that over 3.5 million visitors had toured the museum.

    David's Tower or David's Citadel should not be confused with the City of David and Hezekiah's Tunnel or with the five star hotel of the same name nearby. The Tower of David is a museum set in the restored citadel.
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