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South Walls Promenade and Davidson Center

A tour along the Southern Walls Promenade and a visit to the Davidson Center located at the foot of the Temple Mount

General background

Come for an extraordinary experience, start the tour at the Jaffa Gate with an ascent to the spectacular walls promenade of Jerusalem. The descent from the promenade is done at the Garbage Gate and we will immediately enter the Davidson Center one of the most important and exciting sites there is in the Old City where we can see 3000 years of history.

Estimated time:

2 hours

Price:

Starting from 21 NIS

A little bit of history

The Walls Promenade.
The old city was built in the 16th century on the orders of the glorious Ottoman sultan Suleiman. For four hundred years, Turkish soldiers marched on the patrol path along the city wall, between the gates and the guard towers. The path, which was renovated and converted into a promenade, is today a unique walking route that invites unconventional views towards Jerusalem inside and outside the walls, towards the remnants of the past and processes in the present.

The British who conquered the country from the Turks in 1917 felt responsible for preserving the appearance of the city, and enacted regulations that would preserve its character. Among other things, they stipulated that the unbuilt valleys around the walls would remain unbuilt and serve as a green belt that distinguishes between old and new. The British amended regulations prohibiting construction adjacent to or adjacent to walls. This concept was also accepted by the planning authorities in Israel, and is valid to this day.

After the War of Independence and the fall of the Old City by the Jordanian Legion, the border between Jordan and Israel was established near the wall. The border line crossed Jerusalem for nineteen years, until the Six Day War. After that, the walls promenade was trained, and a national park surrounded the walls of Jerusalem at the foot of the wall

Davidson Center

Excavations made after the unification of Jerusalem adjacent to the western and southern walls found fascinating and exciting finds. Adjacent to the Western Wall, a wide and impressive street from the days of the Second Temple was discovered, which was itself the main street of Jerusalem at the time. Everyone went there, pilgrims, tourists and the great Jews who lived at that time – Rabban Yochanan ben Zakkai and Rabbi Akiva. If you come to the archeological garden, you too will walk on the very same tiles! Sail with your imagination and imagine the hundreds of thousands of Jews making the pilgrimage with trembling and joy.

In 70 AD the Romans destroyed the temple. Huge stones that fell from the walls of the Temple Mount fell on the street. These were huge arch stones that were spread over a plaza and led to the southern part of the Temple Mount (and its remains are visible on the Western Wall), they fell on the street and opened a huge pit in it. An impressive drainage ditch was discovered below the street, and amazing finds from the days of the destruction were also found inside. This is where the warriors fled in the hope of escaping the sword of the Romans.
Near the southern wall, you will climb a staircase hewn in the bedrock of Mount Moriah (partly original from the Second Temple period) that was used by the immigrants to the Temple Mount. An original gram whose stepping on its stairs evokes a vibration, imagining and thinking of the same figures who climbed the stairs to the temple.

What you need to know

* Hours of operation of the hot promenade Sunday-Thursday 16: 00-9: 00, Friday and holiday eves 14: 00-9: 00
* Davidson Center hours of operation Sunday-Thursday 10: 00-18: 00 Friday and holiday eves 09: 00-15: 00
* The indoor museum is closed for renovations.
* It is mandatory to have this card and present it at the entrance to the site.
* This card is an entrance to the site, without instruction.
* The entrance to the southern promenade is about 50 meters after the Jaffa Gate on the right.
* The visit begins on the south boardwalk followed by Davidson, the reverse route cannot be done.
* The visit takes place in accordance with the instructions of the Ministry of Health.

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