Jewish Quarter

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After traversing the Via Dolorosa, we made our way to the Jewish Quarter on our way out of the city. In contrast to the chaos of the largely Arab Via Dolorosa, it was the Sabbath, so the Jewish Quarter was pleasantly peaceful.

One feature of the Jewish Quarter is a partial excavation of columns for the old Roman cardo. In 135 CE, the Roman emperor Hadrian built the town of Aelia Captiolina on the ruins of Jerusalem in keeping with Roman urban planning conventions, and this general layout has largely persisted. The cardo maximus was a main north-south street starting at the Damascus Gate and featured roofed merchant stalls supported by stone columns - some of which have been excavated and re-erected for display.

Near the Jaffa Gate is the Tower of David, a protective citadel whose multiple foundation layers testify to destruction and reconstruction by a succession of Jewish, Roman, Byzantine, Christian, Muslim and Ottoman rulers.

Also by the Jaffa Gate is the traditional grave site for the two architects of the existing wall who Suleiman the Magnificent had executed (as differing legends have it) either as punishment for not including Mount Zion in the walls or to prevent them from building anything as momentous for anyone other than him.

Jewish Quarter - Jewish Quarter St.
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Jewish Quarter St.
Jewish Quarter - Leaving the Bazaar
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Leaving the Bazaar
Jewish Quarter - Ruins of the cardo
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Ruins of the cardo
Jewish Quarter - Cardo reconstruction
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Cardo reconstruction
Jewish Quarter - Cardo columns under new building
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Cardo columns under new building
Jewish Quarter - Mural of how the cardo looked
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Mural of how the cardo looked
Jewish Quarter - Courtyard of the Askenazim
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Courtyard of the Askenazim
Jewish Quarter - Cardo columns
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Cardo columns
Jewish Quarter - Roman era stones
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Roman era stones
Jewish Quarter - Beit Yaakov Synagogue
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Beit Yaakov Synagogue
Jewish Quarter - Beit Yaakov Synagogue
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Beit Yaakov Synagogue
Jewish Quarter - Adjacent mosque
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Adjacent mosque
Jewish Quarter - Jewish quarter
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Jewish quarter
Jewish Quarter - Cardo columns
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Cardo columns
Jewish Quarter - Cardo columns
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Cardo columns
Jewish Quarter - Cardo columns
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Cardo columns
Jewish Quarter - Mosque
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Mosque
Jewish Quarter - Habad Rd.
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Habad Rd.
Jewish Quarter - Jewish quarter
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Jewish quarter
Jewish Quarter - Ha-Mal'akh St.
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Ha-Mal'akh St.
Jewish Quarter - Ha-Kinnor Rd.
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Ha-Kinnor Rd.
Jewish Quarter - Jewish quarter
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Jewish quarter
Jewish Quarter - Sanctuary
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Sanctuary
Jewish Quarter - Ararat Rd.
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Ararat Rd.
Jewish Quarter - Ararat Rd.
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Ararat Rd.
Jewish Quarter - Ararat Rd.
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Ararat Rd.
Jewish Quarter - Arches
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Arches
Jewish Quarter - Arches
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Arches
Jewish Quarter - St. James St.
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St. James St.
Jewish Quarter - Pottery
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Pottery
Jewish Quarter - Big hats
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Big hats
Jewish Quarter - Cars vs. people
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Cars vs. people
Jewish Quarter - Armenian Ceramics
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Armenian Ceramics
Jewish Quarter - Armenian Orthodox Patriarchate Rd.
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Armenian Orthodox Patriarchate Rd.
Jewish Quarter - Armenian Orthodox Patriarchate Rd.
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Armenian Orthodox Patriarchate Rd.
Jewish Quarter - Tower of David
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Tower of David
Jewish Quarter - Tower of David
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Tower of David
Jewish Quarter - Tower of David
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Tower of David
Jewish Quarter - Tower of David
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Tower of David
Jewish Quarter - Cat
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Cat
Jewish Quarter - Plaza
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Plaza
Jewish Quarter - Plaza
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Plaza
Jewish Quarter - Graves of the architects of the wall
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Graves of the architects of the wall
Jewish Quarter - Graves of the architects of the wall
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Graves of the architects of the wall
Jewish Quarter - Development work at Jaffa Gate Plaza
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Development work at Jaffa Gate Plaza
Jewish Quarter - Jaffa Gate
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Jaffa Gate
Jewish Quarter - Mamilla
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Mamilla
Jewish Quarter - Back to the bus
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Back to the bus

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