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Discovering Abu Gosh: A Historic Village of Hummus, Music and Monasteries
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Discovering Abu Gosh: A Historic Village of Hummus, Music and Monasteries

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Abu Gosh is a lovely, picturesque village located in the Judean Hills, off a winding road between Tel Avi and Jerusalem, dating back some 6,000 years. The village is situated on a mountainside and serves as a tourist attraction, drawing in many visitors.

The village is particularly famous for its hummus restaurants. You may not reach the original Abu Shukri restaurant, but there are many restaurants serving authentic and particularly tasty food throughout the village, at affordable prices. Aside from the famous restaurants, twice a year – during Sukkot and Shavuot – the village holds a vocal music festival. The festival hosts choirs from across the country and around the world, which perform in the village’s monasteries. The village has a number of guest houses, gift shops, candle shops and glassware stores. The atmosphere in the village is unique, as it serves as a meeting point for the three religions: Jewish Israelis and tourists from around the world visit the Muslim village in order to hear music at a Christian church.

During Biblical times the village was called Kiryat Ye’arim. The Ark of the Covenant was placed there and it was a site for religious rituals. Later, during the Byzantine period, a church was built on the highest point in the village. This church was destroyed during the Persian occupation, and The Church of Our Lady of the Ark of the Covenant – which features a large statue of the Virgin Mary – was built on its ruins. These days, nuns live in the church and twice a year, during Sukkot and Shavuot, it hosts choirs from across Israel and around the world during the vocal music festival.

According to Christian belief, Abu Gosh is where Jesus appeared following his resurrection. During the Crusader period a church and stunning monastery were built in the village, which have been preserved to this day. The Benedictine Monastery is surrounded by a huge, lovely garden with ancient olive trees, an orchard and grapevines. The monastery’s interior walls feature frescos that were drawn during the thirteenth century, and a spring flows from the monastery’s crypt. The site also houses a ceramics and candle factory, operated by the monks. Six daily prayer sessions are held at the monastery, from 5:30 A.M.-8:30 P.M., and visitors are encouraged to visit during one of the sessions, for the unique opportunity to hear prayer songs performed in an 800-year-old church.

Monastery Visiting Hours: Monday-Wednesday and Friday-Saturday: 8:30 A.M.-11:30 A.M. and 2:30 P.M.-5:30 P.M.

A new Isrotel hotel in Jerusalem will open in 2024

A new Isrotel hotel in Jerusalem will open in 2024

A new Isrotel hotel in Jerusalem will open in 2024 at Zion Square, Jerusalem and will offer 250 rooms! The new hotel that the Isrotel chain is building in Zion Square in Jerusalem will be built on the basis of two buildings for preservation, on which an addition of four new floors will be built. The buildings will be connected by an overhead bridge, the first of its kind in the city. The bridge, which has a glass floor, will be used as a dining area and lobby and will allow a panoramic view towards Zion Square, the pedestrian street and Jaffa Street. The hotel is in the urban center of Jerusalem, close to the light rail and the centers of history, culture and lively entertainment. The hotel has a swimming pool on the roof, a conference hall and meeting rooms, restaurants and an adjacent parking lot. There is no doubt that there is something new in Jerusalem, the city is getting a boost in the field of transportation with a fast train from Tel Aviv and many infrastructures that have been improved and also new hotels that will open soon. There is something to look forward to.

Exploring the Colorful Colonially Scene of Mahane Yehuda Market Jerusalem

Exploring the Colorful Colonially Scene of Mahane Yehuda Market Jerusalem

The vibrant and bustling streets of Jerusalem are home to one of its most iconic markets, Mahane Yehuda. This market is a melting pot of culture, history, and cuisine that has been around since the early 19th century. The market is full of life and color, with stalls selling everything from fresh fruits and vegetables to handmade souvenirs. Let’s take a closer look at this unique place. A Visit To Mahane Yehuda Market Jerusalem The first thing that strikes you when visiting Mahane Yehuda is its colorful atmosphere. From the bright stalls to the cheerful vendors, it’s impossible not to be immersed in the vibrancy of this market. The market is also incredibly diverse, with vendors from all walks of life selling their wares. Whether you’re looking for fresh produce or a unique gift, you’re sure to find what you need here! Mahane Yehuda Market doesn't just offer shopping opportunities There's also plenty of delicious food on offer here too! From traditional Israeli dishes like falafel and shawarma to more international fare like pizza and sushi. We had to try some of the Market food stands, the anmazing Sabih recipe an Iraqi dish with hard-boiled egg, fried eggplants, vegetable salad, hummus, amba and spices, Fricase - a complete meal in a sandwich, spicy and sour flavors inside a bun as soft as a cloud inside and crispy outside... And Bourik, Schnizel in Halla Bread and of course had some drinks and wine. Brown Mahane Yehuda hotel is a boutique hotel adjacent to the market, it has a chic design with local touches inspired by the famous market and created a modern hotel perfect for an authentic stay in Jerusalem. The Montefiore Hotel in Jerusalem is a unique boutique hotel. The hotel has a spacious lobby, a private event and meeting room, a luxurious suite on a separate floor and free wireless internet. The hotel serves a luxurious and varied breakfast. The history of the market can also be traced back for centuries. It was founded in 1887 by Jewish settlers who were looking for a place where they could buy food and other goods without having to travel too far from home. Over time, it has become an integral part of Jerusalem’s culture and identity as a city, making it an incredible destination for both tourists and locals alike. Mahane Yehuda Market is an integral part of Jerusalem's culture and history that has stood the test of time over many centuries. From its colorful atmosphere to its diverse range of products, there's something for everyone here! Whether you're looking for souvenirs or tasty snacks, this market offers up plenty for tourists visiting Jerusalem to explore – so make sure you don't miss out on this one-of-a-kind experience!

Jerusalem's Culture, People and neighborhoods

Jerusalem's Culture, People and neighborhoods

A city which is a celebration of colors, sites and people, a trip to Jerusalem is an exciting journey into many types of cultures, traditions and neighborhoods. Along the history of the city, people of different religions, from all over the world, have set their homes in Jerusalem, making it an exotic place to discover. Many visitors to Jerusalem are drawn to the city's exceptional ambiance and unique aura. The city of Jerusalem consists of three main parts: A View to the Old City The most historical holy part is the walled Old City, where the major sites, the lively alleys and the colorful markets are. The Old City itself is divided into four quarters: The Armenian Quarter, the Christian Quarter, the Jewish Quarter and the Muslim Quarter. A View to the New City Outside the walls is the New City, also known as West Jerusalem. Here is where you can enjoy the vibrant modern metropolis of the active bars and cafes, the malls, the impressive museums and galleries, and the expanding Israeli neighborhoods and industrial high-tech zones. A View to East Jerusalem The third part of Jerusalem is East Jerusalem, populated mostly with Palestinians, presenting a wide range of oriental restaurants, lively shops and inexpensive hotels.

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