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The old city walls and Jaffa Gate

26-07-2016 | rafi
The old city walls and Jaffa Gate

Even from the balcony of The Post you can take a look and see some of the monuments of the city.
This one square km. is one of the most intense places on earth. It contains the holiest places to Jews,
Christian and the third sacred place to Islam.
The wall that surrounds the old city was built in the beginning of the 16th century.
The main entrance to Jerusalem was, and still is, Jaffa gate. Every tourist that comes to visit Jerusalem
passes at least once through Jaffa gate. That is the reason that the information points are located
close to the gate.

Cover Photo Courtsy of Tower of David Museum.

The walls

שער יפןToday the walls of the old city are dated to the Othman period.
They were built immediately after the army of sultan
Suleiman the magnificent conquered the city in the
beginning of the 16th century.
Suleiman claimed that every important city, in his empire,
needs an impressive fortification that would frighten
the enemy away. A local urban legend identify the two tombs
on the right side of the inner Jaffa Gate square.
According to that legend Suleiman beheaded them so
they wouldn’t rebuilt a similar wall in the enemy’s cities.
Another reason was because they left mount Zion outside
the walls. Especially in the western and in the eastern
parts it’s easy to notice that the Othman wall was built
on top of an ancient wall. In certain places it is
possible to see bricks from 1st century b.c.

The New Gate

Opened only in 1889 and received the name of Abdul Hamid II.
Today everybody calls it the New Gate because it was the last one inserted in the wall.
The Russians and the French citizens, who built there new establishments on the North West
part just outside the wall, pressured the Turkish engineers to open a new gate so that they
could have a better access to the old city.
During history the area outside the New Gate was the place of St Lazarus monastery,
the hospital of the lepers, and they had a small entrance to the city.
Between 1948 and 1967 the new gate was on the border line between Israel and Jordan.
It is still possible today to see the bullet holes on the buildings that surrounds it.

Jaffa Gate

שער יפוIn the past it was called David’s Gate, Hebron Gate and others.
During history it served as the entrance to the city for all
of those who came from the port of Jaffa or for those who
came from the south, from the city of Hebron or Bethlehem.
The architecture of the gate hasn’t changed till 1898 with
the official visit of the German Emperor Wilhelm the Second.
Before his visit the ramp for his carriage was made.
It is the same route that privet cars do today.
In the beginning of the 20th century a clock tower was built
in the honor of Othman Emperor Abdul Hamid II.
It lasted only a couple of years before the British took it down
and stated to tear down the buildings attached to the wall.
You can still see a triangle that marks an existing roof
of a building that once stood there.

Tower of David

Israel, Old City of Jerusalem, The Tower of David Museum: David's Citadele (King David's Tower), ancient citadel located near the Jaffa Gate entrance to the Old City of Jerusalem. UNESCO World Heritage Site

The Tower of David Museum: David’s Citadele (King David’s Tower), ancient citadel located near the Jaffa Gate entrance to the Old City of Jerusalem. UNESCO World Heritage Site (Photo Courtesy of Tower of David Museum)

 

The Tower of David Museum of the History of Jerusalem
is located in the medieval citadel known as the Tower of David,
near the Jaffa Gate, the historic entrance to the Old City.
The Museum presents Jerusalem’s story.
It details the major events in its history beginning with
the first evidence of a city in Jerusalem in the second millennium b.c,
until the city became the capital of the State of Israel,
as well as its significance to three religions.
The permanent exhibition illustrates the city’s history along
the axis of time using myriad methods and includes
explanations in Hebrew, Arabic and English.
The Citadel itself is a fascinating archaeological site.
The finds uncovered within are a testimony to Jerusalem’s eventful past and produce
a representation of Jerusalem and its various historical periods in microcosm.
The Citadel’s towers offer a 360-degree view of the Old City of Jerusalem as well as the city’s modern areas.
In addition to being a museum of history, the Tower of David relates to both the past and the future.
The museum stages temporary exhibitions which integrate the unique location and majesty of the ancient
Citadel and its history with a contemporary presentation of artistic and historical issues.
The museum also stages a unique sound and light show – The Night Spectacular – the only one of its kind
in the world. The Night Spectacular tells the story of Jerusalem.
It is a celebration of sounds, music and breathtaking images the envelop the viewer into a multi-sensory experience.

Tower of David Museum

How to get there from The Post Hostel?

Exit the hostel. Turn left and left again. On Jaffa road turn right and walk along the Old City walls.
The Tower of David Museum is located inside the Old City and the entrance is from The Armenian Patriarchate street.

Don’t forget to take the discount voucher from the reception of The Post Hostel.

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