Jerusalem Ancient Ruins

Ancient Ruins in Jerusalem, Israel

Jerusalem Ancient Ruins

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  • Gabriel A
    Ploiesti, Romania4,848 contributions
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    The Western Wall, also known as the Wall of Crying, gathers the Jewish faithful, who pray and submit their grievances in the wall's crevices.
    This wall was at the base of Solomon's Temple, which was destroyed by the Romans during the Jewish rebellion.
    On the platform of the destroyed Temple, the Muslims built two important mosques: the one of the rock and the one of Al Aksa, so that it is impossible to restore the holy Temple, which is a cause of regret for the Israeli people.
    This monument is a "must", being a landmark of Jerusalem.
    Written 27 April 2024
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  • 5.0 of 5 bubbles
    PROS
    * Stunning hyper- historic area of the ancient Jewish Temples from 2000-3000 years ago
    * Amazing archaeological excavations of buildings, stores, streets, homes and bridges from 2000+ years ago
    * Incredibly important sacred holy site too- ascend the exact steps to the temple that Jesus and the pilgrims of that time most certainly used
    * Vast vast expanses to explore- never overly crowded

    CONS
    * It is massive and requires a lot of walking and steps- all uneven
    * It is possible to get lost or reach a dead end after a long walk
    * It is still a very active archaeological excavation site, so some stuff could be closed off or blocked
    * Signs of explanations are just "OK"
    * Near total exposure to the elements of sun and also rain the season (except for a cover of a plaza where lectures could be)

    "I VISITED THIS PLACE"...
    ... as part of a Levitical Biblical musical event- I declared to them that my genealogy lineage went directly back to Levi, fourth son of Jacob of the Hebrew Bible of Genesis, some 4000 years ago, and they accepted my assertion. Fact check- I know that my family was in eastern Europe as far back as late 1800's, and that is it.

    The truth is that I was not as interested in watching and observing these priestly assistants and attendants-in-waiting as I was to explore unencumbered and unfettered and freely throughout the outstanding archaeological treasures. I stood less than an arm's length away from the entire length of the southern wall of the Temple. I was a finger length distance from the untouched unmoved remnants of the building block wall stones that rest in the same place that they were toppled by the brutal barbarian idol worshiping Roman gladiators in the year 70.

    I explored store front, homes and ritual baths from over 2000 years ago and I ascended the actual same steps that Jesus and his disciples surely used when they entered the Temple. I stood directly opposite the Hulda Gate, known to have existed in antiquity.

    I walked freely in areas excluded to other jealous tourists, and without objection by the security guards.

    And of course i watched these descendants of Levi and Jacob dress up in costumes, learn the Psalm songs, and perform... in the rain.

    For completeness- there is a ground level/underground incredible museum of priceless artifacts from here, known as Davidson. It was closed at night.

    WAS IT WORTH THE COST?
    For sure

    WOULD "I VISIT THIS PLACE" AGAIN?
    For sure- I'd like to bring others and guide them

    ADVICE
    * This should definitely be on the itinerary of a visit to Jerusalem
    * Be prepared to be stunned and taken back to the actual times of Jesus- no hype; just reality
    * Strongly consider a guide for at least part of it- to explain history, give perspective and keep you safe and not getting lost or in danger of archaeological site and not entering a cul-de-sc
    * Be prepared for rocky walkways that are slippery, and for many large steps
    * Be sure to see close up the fallen stones from the western Wall, still in their original place where they fell
    * Be sure to enter a ritual bath
    * Be sure to climb the original southern wall steps that Jesus and the disciples most certainly used, and be sure to then stand at the second Temple Hulda Gates
    * be prepared for total exposure to the elements, be that sun and heat or cold and rain

    FULL DISCLOSURE
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    Written 21 April 2024
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  • Jeffry b
    Essendon, Australia13,338 contributions
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    The Wohl Archaeological Museum is result of excavations in the Herodian Quarter. Herod was a Roman client ruler. He is known as Herod the Great. He was a great builder, but people resented the heavy taxes needed to pay for his building.
    Written 30 October 2022
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  • Emily M
    United States1,273 contributions
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    Be sure to spend 10-20 minutes by the pool when visiting the Church of Saint Anne. Worth walking through and reading the placards.
    Written 31 December 2022
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  • glennharrold
    Scotland, UK4,989 contributions
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    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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  • 5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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, UK1,175 contributions
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    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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  • Jeffry b
    Essendon, Australia13,338 contributions
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    The ancient Broad Wall was built in the time of King Hezekiah, around the 6th century BC. The Broad Wall was part of the original fortifications of Jerusalem and formed the foundations of the latter wall. The wall today is near the Cardo. The Cardo is the main north-south axis around which the Roman city was built, which is now in the Jewish Quarter.
    Written 21 November 2022
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  • airport2015
    Tel Aviv District, Israel976 contributions
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    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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  • NB0313
    Mevaseret Zion, Israel20 contributions
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    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, Israel167 contributions
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    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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  • Hint of Pepper
    Nuneaton, UK2,517 contributions
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    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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