3,000 years in two hours
About the tour
Would you like to take a peek over the shoulder of the cruel Assyrian military leader who stood before the wall of Jerusalem 2,700 years ago, and hear what he said? Would you like to imagine yourself at the table of the wealthy Jerusalemites of the Second Temple period? To hear the tragic story of a Jewish rabbi who made his way up to the city with his followers in order to promote the coming of the Messiah? To walk along lesser-known winding alleys in the Jewish Quarter and visit the central market of Jerusalem from 1,400 years ago?
If so – you’re welcome to join a tour of 2,700 years of history in the Jewish Quarter
The tour will begin at Jaffa Gate, which is the main entrance gate to the Old City, from which we’ll continue down to the Jewish Quarter. In the heart of the quarter, under the open sky, we’ll see the “Broad Wall”, built during the times of King Hezekiah ahead of the siege imposed on the city by the Assyrian king Sennacherib, we’ll open the bible and tell the story of terror which ended in a miraculous rescue. From there we’ll continue to the Byzantine cardo, which was the main street of Jerusalem around 1,400 years ago, and we’ll enjoy the sights of the Byzantine stores depicted in the magnificent mosaic project, initiated by the Company for the Reconstruction and Development of the Jewish Quarter. An unexpected hidden entrance will lead us to the basement of the restored Hurva Synagogue, the story of which brings Jerusalem from hundreds of years ago back to life here and now, where we will hear the story of Rabbi Judah the Pious and his hundreds of followers. We will climb up to the magnificent stone dome for a view of the interior of the synagogue, then turn our gaze for a spectacular 360-degree view of the Old City with all its colors, sounds and scents. From the viewpoint, we’ll descend deep underground to find the hidden “Herodian Quarter”, containing remnants of the houses of wealthy Jerusalemites from the late Second Temple period. There, we’ll visit the courtyards of the houses and admire the homeowners’ artistic taste, seeing the glassware, pottery and stoneware they used just before Jerusalem was stilled by its destruction by the Roman Titus. From there, we’ll continue to the Rabbi Yehuda HaLevi Stairs and end the tour with a moving visit to the Western Wall, a remnant of the glory of the Second Temple period.
The Broad Wall
The Hurva Synagogue
The Herodian Quarter
The Western Wall Plaza
*The tour begins at Jaffa Gate square at the following times: 11:00 a.m., 3:00 p.m.
*The tour ends at the Western Wall
*You must bring this ticket with you to and present it upon entry to the site.
*The tour will be guided in Hebrew.
*Tour duration is approximately two hours.
*Tour meeting point: Jaffa gate, inside the gate.
*Tour ending point: Western Wall area.
*Please arrive at the meeting point at least 10 minutes before the start of the tour.
*The tour can be cancelled free of charge up to one business day before the visit, cancelling after this will be charged at the full price.