Jerusalem: Part 2

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!

El Takiya Street



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.





Finally we arrived at the “CardCardoo”, the 1st century Roman Road that originally ran north/south through the city of Jerusalem.

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.

david_citadel_wallsThis structure is the most recognizable landmark in the Old City . It was the main line of defense and rebuilt by each generation of invaders. And there were many of those!

Like most fortresses of the Middle Ages, the Citadel  was capped with a surveillance  walk originally built for defense.





Now the touriHerodian Streetsts  can walk the whole circuit with wonderful views over the Old City. At one point we had a partial  overlook of Herodian Street.


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…


About carolinebotwin

Caroline Botwin and her husband Mike are retired educators who have always had a yen for travelling: he with a PH.D and teaching Architectural Engineering plus California wine education, and she having taught high school English, speech and drama. Both wanted to learn first hand about other cultures. While Mike predominately studied buildings and structures and met with winemakers, Caroline hunted for ancient sites and peoples. And kept journals of all their travels.
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2 Responses to Jerusalem: Part 2

  1. Your commentary makes the pictures ‘come alive.’ I would have missed the 4 small doorways of reconstructed shops. More on the food next time!

  2. Ann says:

    Always amuses me how we humans build UP on top of our own rubble. This is certainly on display in the excavations in Jerusalem — century after century piling more stuff on top of old smooshed down stuff. Really nice posting. Felt like I was walking down the streets.

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