Jerusalem and the Holy Land (Eyewitness Travel Guides)
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From the green hills and sun-drenched coast of Galilee to the sacred sites of Jerusalem's Old City; from the dramatic desert of Wadi Rum to the vibrant reefs of Dahab, there is much for pilgrims and holidaymakers alike.
This relaunched edition has new features and three brand new walks, as well as clear maps and extended hotel and restaurant listings.
his Night Journey (see p27), and the site of the Holy of Holies of Herod’s Temple (see pp44–5). Geometric tiling and verses from the Quran on the exterior of the Dome of the Rock J E R U S A L E M A R E A B Y A R E A 77 THE JEWISH QUAR TER I n Herodian times this area abutted a strong tradition. After the destructhe Temple enclosure (see pp44–5) tion wrought in the 1948 War and the and was occupied by t bsequent years of Jordanian priestly elite. In the late Roman occupation, the
is also a model of the 10thcentury City of David, prior to the building of the Temple, a hologram of the Temple itself, and an informative animation showing how the ancient city’s water system worked. The latter is very useful for anyone who intends visiting Hezekiah’s Tunnel and the Pool of Siloam (see p115). Three-dimensional representation of the Second Temple T H E C H R I S T I A N A N D A R M E N I A N Q U A R T E R S 105 LATE ROMAN AND BYZANTINE PERIODS A small room in the
also been endowed with a great p51). The grassy slopes here are many significant new buildings. also home to an extensive military Two stand out as being of particucemetery, in which many figures of national importance are buried. lar importance: the Israel Museum, a world-class institution that As Jerusalem has expanded, what, not too long ago, were small, incorporates several collections of priceless treasures, includisolated villages are now virtually suburbs of the city. They ing the famous
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and vegetables, but there are also fishmongers, butchers, sellers of dairy produce, olives, nuts and dried fruits, plus clothing stalls. There are a handful of cafés and even a couple of small jewellery and designer apparel boutiques. The market is open Monday to Thursday from 9am to 8pm, and Friday 9am to one hour before Shabbat. ANTIQUES In Jerusalem (and Israel in general), unlike other parts of the Holy Land, you may buy antiques and objects from excavations, but to take them WHERE TO SHOP