Ancient Ruins in Jerusalem

Ancient Ruins in Jerusalem, Israel

Jerusalem Ancient Ruins

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  • KrisBerw
    Ghent, Belgium444 contributions
    Fantastic experience to be at Jerusalem's wailing wall at different moments of the day. It doesn't feel inappropriate to be part of a highly spiritual ceremony as a non-jew, as long as you follow the rules and regulations.
    Written 25 July 2022
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  • ECLadines
    Paranaque, Philippines2 801 contributions
    We reached Mt. Zion on the 4th day of our pilgrimage. There's an ambiguity on the historical significance of this sacred hills as far Judaism and Christianity are concerned. But fact is, it played a crucial role in shaping the final days of Christ even His mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary.
    Written 23 April 2020
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  • BillPNo1
    Friendswood, TX690 contributions
    On our last visit to the Holy Land we visited The Pools of Bethaisda - the site of one of Our Lord's many miracles. Extensive remains and ruins are still existant at the Pools of Bethaisda proving that they were much more elaborate and extensive than the Gospel passages would indicate (although the Bible was reporting on the miracle and Christ's teaching and was never meant to be a travelog or guidebook to the city of Jerusalem). The ruins show an elaborate, very well designed and developped system of pools and infrastructure.
    This is well worth the trip to see.
    Written 8 May 2020
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  • glennharrold
    Scotland, UK3 063 contributions
    Scenic views and panoramas of Jerusalem - handy to get your bearings of the city and see iconic landmarks high up on the hill. Gardens uneventful tho!
    Written 29 September 2019
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  • Yes- these excavations are incredible and unbelievable- outstanding almost beyond words. An unforgettable experience!

    The thrill to walk on the paths of such history- to see it and to stand there next to it.

    Again this year, I took two Buc Junior Juniors for a late night expedition exploring these historical ruins. And again, I chose that night of nights, know as 9 Av, when all are fasting from food and water for 25 hours in order to mourn the destruction of the very structures whose ruins lay within hand touching as we three again do our impromptu and unguided tour.

    See my photos of the Givati parking lot- massive humongous excavations revealing the Jewish settlement in the Silwan district more than 2000 years ago, and see my photos of our passage through the drainage duct connecting that area to our Holy Temple- what a thrill to walk through that exact passageway that the Jews used to flee the barbarian Romans- and on the exact calendar day that commemorates the cataclysmic events. And to see pure unadulterated pristine Western Wall stones that have not seen the light of day in almost 2000 years- don't touch them... I never touch the Wall!

    We saw and stepped into the remnants of Second Temple stores and ritualariums.

    And then a "piece de resistance": when we climb back to ground level, we see the huge massive boulders that were toppled by those tyrannical idol-worshipping Romans- those stones more than anything else represent the destruction that we mourn on that day- and we stood right next to them- we can even touch them, but don't- I never do. See my photos of these.

    It was already midnight and I wanted to explore again the Southern Wall excavations and go back to the double doored Rat Gate (Hulda in Hebrew) as we had done last year, but the guards were nervous and directing the crowds in a firm manner so the senior Buc Junior asked to leave.

    Then we went to what's called "Israel Section" (Ezrat Yisrael)- that's the area assigned for Reform and Conservative Jewish worship, but since it's always empty and no one goes there- more and more religious people find their way there, (somewhat) "far from the maddening crowd(s)" of the Western Wall Kotel, which was our final stop at close to 1am.
    Written 12 August 2019
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  • Radix7
    Sydney, Australia181 contributions
    Confusingly this can be listed or signposted as the Wohl Museum or as the Herodian Quarter. The underground site reveals a whole sequence of elite Jewish homes from the 1st century BC and the 1st century AD, with their mosaic floors, painted plaster walls and ritual baths. Clear displays in an uncrowded setting - and of interest both as the last Jewish period before the Roman destruction of Jerusalem, and as the period of Jesus' crucifixion in Jerusalem. Definitely recommended. Much more to see than the Burnt House nearby (which is mainly a video presentation).
    Written 26 May 2019
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  • Backpack Israel
    Jerusalem, Israel157 contributions
    It's a nice stop in the Jewish Quarter which is very easy to get to, but if you really want ro understand what you're looking at, you should definately have a guide by your side! There is an audio stand that tells the story of the wall (you can click a button and hear it) if you prefer not to come with a guide.
    Written 28 March 2019
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  • When we read the article in the newspaper Haaretz dot com of 19 December 2019 titled “Bible-Era Temple Found Near Jerusalem May be Linked to Ark of the Covenant,” we knew that we couldn’t wait for the month of April to repeat our pre Passover holiday excursion (see and read my previous two reviews of tours attraction).

    So we came and spent the 10-15 minutes to climb to the top. There, we attached ourselves to a group of American religious people who were already there- with a guide.

    It wasn’t a long time until we were taken to the excavation of a room where the famous stone table is- and I stood alone in the room, staring at that stone table in awe and reverence and contemplation, considering that I was in a place next to where the Ark of the Covenant had been placed (read the story for yourself in the Book oh Samuel). Of course I did not touch it after such sanctity had been there, even though it was 3000+ years ago. I am attaching photos for you to see, though.

    Hey- also consider that the path on which the Ark of the Covenant was brought to the town of House of the Sun is described in the Bible in Hebrew as a “track” (maslul), and today, there are train tracks on the same path, using that same Hebrew word.

    Next, we were taking down a treacherous metal and then hewn slippery narrow dark and difficult stone (not quite wide enough for one person at as time) steps into a magnificent ancient water quarry (see my photos of that, including of looking up from the bottom to the top opening).

    We were then taken to see a perfect excavation of a villa house, which sits directly on the edge of the highway a mere two meters away, and we were told that this one is from First Temple times too- that’s 3000+ years ago.

    .... and all that was just of the old established excavations from decades ago.

    Then the group went to the other side and into the city to see the ongoing active new excavation since last year, and of course we followed- it is still massive and there were at least 50 workers!! We saw crates of discarded ancient shards of pottery (see my photos).

    We heard again about the ongoing conflict of preserving our past and the struggles to build a modern highway straight through the middle of these excavations.

    The place remains totally undeveloped and totally unprepared to receive and educate the average tourist visitor.

    Suffice it to say that these seem to me to be among the most important, significant massive and large and well preserved excavations in the entire State of Israel.

    Written 18 March 2020
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  • B T
    London, UK841 contributions
    This is excellent, it is a museum right next to the western wall and temple mount area. You can get right up close to a part of the western wall, you can see the old gates that would have originally led into the temple mount. There are even old stones left on the floor that the Romans pushed off the top of the temple mount when they destroyed it. It is extremely interesting and well worth a visit.
    Written 17 March 2022
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  • airport2015
    Tel Aviv District, Israel1 004 contributions
    ORIGINALLY ONE OF THE BIG SYNAGOGUES IN THE Jewish qUARTER
    Absolutely destroyed in the 1948 war, Since 1967 many attempts and plans of reconstructionFinaly plans approved 2012,than reconstructed by the Government of Israel to serve as a historic Museum and home of IDF soldiers
    Unfortunately, theBoyan Hassidic group took over thew place
    Written 13 October 2018
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  • Hint of Pepper
    Nuneaton, UK2 738 contributions
    These remains of a cross was where the crusaders slaughtered thousands of residents of Jerusalem when they took the city. When Salahuddin Ayyubi took back the city, he destroyed the cross, and the remains are still present.
    Written 17 March 2019
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  • NB0313
    Mevaseret Zion, Israel17 contributions
    very interesting cave and the story behind it's discovery is also interesting. an archaeological proof of Jewish life 2000 years ago. there's a latter to climb down so be aware.
    Written 13 August 2015
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  • stanbroch
    Rehovot, Israel172 contributions
    Now that the isolation from the Corona virus has abatted my friend, who knows Israel very well, took us to see the Ramat Rachel Archaeological Garden. It is right next to the Kibbutz Ramat Rachel sport center. It is a small park but has nice benches for a picnic. There are also many interesting sculptures and trees. It also has ruins from two thousands years ago.

    If you want a secluded spot to relax in Jerusalem, I recommend this park.
    Written 3 June 2020
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