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The Armenian Quarter – Jerusalem Old City
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The Armenian Quarter – Jerusalem Old City

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Situated to the right of the vibrant Christian Quarter is the secret Armenian Quarter, the most isolate of all of the quarters in the old city. The quarter goes back to the time when Armenian Christianity began and has a long history of Armenian pilgrims setting foot at its gate.

The discovery of holy sites for Christians in the city caused many of the pilgrims to become fixed residents in the Armenian Quarter. Dating back to the turn of the fourth century, when Armenia was declared as the first Christian state in the world, the Armenian Quarter developed into one of the main substances in the Christian entity of Jerusalem.

Due to wars and peregrination the Armenian populace in the old city has shrunk these days to a little under 1000. Still, this tight community lives its life in the surroundings of St. James Church, which envelopes the Armenian faith in Jerusalem and is also the residual place of the Armenian patriarchate. Unfortunately, the Armenian Quarter is far from living up to its full tourism potential. With the church and its surrounding areas closed to the public, in the quarter you can visit teh museum of the Armenian history and artwork, which is quite interesting but not easily found.

Church of the Holy Sepulchre

Church of the Holy Sepulchre

The holiest Christian shrine in the world is situated on the Hill of Golgotha (skull hill), used to be an execution location outside the city walls. According to Christian gospels, and with compatibility to archeological discoveries, this is the real site of Jesus' crucifixion, burial and resurrection. The beautiful architecture of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre is a combination of Crusader, Byzantine and Greek structures. In addition, five Christian communities share the Church today: the Roman Catholic, the Greek Orthodox, the Armenian, the Coptic and the Syrian Orthodox, each has its own part inside the church. The Holy Sepulchre History: In 335 AD, Constantin, the Emperor of Byzantium, and his mother, Helena, built a splendid church on the exact site where the massive excavations they ran revealed the tomb of Jesus. The church was completely destroyed by Caliph El-Hakim in 1009, partly reconstructed by the Byzantines in 1042, and entirely rebuilt by the Crusaders when they entered Jerusalem on July 15, 1099. However, a big fire in 1808 caused a lot of damaged to the church, which had been repaired by the Greek Orthodox during the last century. The architecture of the church as it exists today is therefore a combination of Crusader, Byzantine and Greek structures. Information: Visitors of all religions are requested to enter the Church of the Holy Sepulchre modestly dressed. The church is open daily from 5:00am to 9:00pm (4:00am to 8:00pm at wintertime), admission is free. The church can be reached from Jaffa Gate, through the Christian Quarter St., or from the Lions Gate following Jesus' footsteps along the Via Doloroza. Virtual Tours of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher

Cassia Hotel Jerusalem: A Modern Base for Exploring an Ancient City

Cassia Hotel Jerusalem: A Modern Base for Exploring an Ancient City

Nestled in the heart of Jerusalem, Cassia Hotel offers a bespoke wellness experience to relax your mind and body as you explore this ancient city. With contemporary Israeli art, authentic cuisine, and breathtaking views of the Old City, Cassia is an oasis of tranquility in the bustling city. Accommodation Our 148 deluxe rooms and suites are thoughtfully designed to foster relaxation and inspiration, combining artful interiors with modern amenities. Ranging from 21 to 50 square meters, our rooms offer high floor suites with panoramic views of the Old and New City, as well as low floor suites suited for Sabbath Observers. We welcome families and offer spacious floor plans with options for baby beds if needed. Comfy oversized furniture, flat-screen TV with satellite channels, free Wi-Fi, in-room safe, refrigerated private bar, bath amenities, bathtub, and shower complete your experience. Rooftop Pool & Unique Art Experience Take a dip in our rooftop pool surrounded by lush greenery, overlooking the Old City and Jerusalem Hills. Our unique art experience showcases various artworks created by prominent Israeli artists, from sculptures and videos to textiles and totems. Accommodations for Sabbath Observers & Business Center Cassia Hotel offers accommodations for Sabbath Observers with convenient access to the city's religious sites, an onsite synagogue, and glatt kosher Mehadrin meals certified and supervised by the Jerusalem Rabbinate. Our 24-hour business center allows you to stay connected with work, email, or colleagues at your convenience. Spa & Wellness Our spa offers a range of unique treatments and beautifying therapies, from infrared Jacuzzi to our immersive snow room experience. Well-being isn't one-size-fits-all, which is why guests are free to define what inner balance means to them. Take a swim with views of the skyline, relax with yoga or a massage, discover the parks and other green spaces on your doorstep, or be nourished by Jerusalem's rich culinary tapestry. Dining At Cassia Hotel, Israel's culinary crossroads converge. Our restaurants draw on the spirit and flavors of the city while catering to travelers' dietary preferences. Omphalos is our all-day restaurant serving hearty Israeli breakfasts, nutritious and energizing lunches, and dinners that incorporate authentic ingredients like labneh, falafel, and hummus. The Dining Room offers a variety of dishes that borrow from the city's rich gastronomic traditions, from Turkish coffee to classic Middle Eastern dishes and local produce. Cassia Hotel Jerusalem offers a modern base for exploring an ancient city, with accommodations that cater to every need, unique art experiences, a range of spa and wellness treatments, and diverse dining options. Book your stay at Cassia Hotel and experience the best of Jerusalem.

Tacos Luis Jerusalem - authentic Mexican cuisine

Tacos Luis Jerusalem - authentic Mexican cuisine

Jerusalem's Tacos Luis specializes in authentic Mexican cuisine and uses homemade tortillas. Founded four years ago by sisters Leah Stopper and Yeti Lawson, the restaurant is owned by Mexican chef Luis Cruz. Cruz is married to Stopper, who manages the restaurant. Among the restaurant's offerings are tacos, a beloved Mexican dish made with small tortillas usually filled with meat, chicken, fish, vegetables, salsa, and other toppings. Lawson makes the homemade tortillas from soaked corn that is ground using a traditional millstone grinder before being cooked and flattened into soft, pliable discs. Authentic and delicious tacos are praised by reviewers, including options for vegetarians and vegans. In addition to Jamaica, horchata, and homemade lemonade/chia, the restaurant offers a variety of beverages. It is centrally located and reasonably priced. In particular, reviewers enjoyed the tortilla chips and the special juices.

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