JERUSALEM Part II
Our guide led us through an amazing conjunction of Souks to arrive at his reserved restaurant located in a small alcove that seated no more than 15 people. The owner scooted diners around to get us a table, then led us into the kitchen to choose our meal from the bubbling pots. And it was delicious!
On our way to the 1st century Roman Road , we passed El Takiya Street. Narrow and stepped, it contains some of the city’s best examples of the 14th century Mameluke architecture. Arches, domes and oriels were favored by the Mameluke builders and this picture entices one to walk through the arch and down the steps.
We stood at the upper (back) side, looking down at the columns and the broad, porticoed pavement with the remaining arched door- ways of the ancient shops—-all about 2 floors below the level of the present city.
On to the Citadel/Tower of David.
Like most fortresses of the Middle Ages, the Citadel was capped with a surveillance walk originally built for defense.
Dating from the time of the Second Temple, it was originally lined with shops. It’s presently being reconstructed but if you look at the lower right corner, there are 4 small doorways that have been completed.
To be continued JERUSALEM part 3 soon…