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A Celebration of Colors

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 ambience and unique aura.

The city of Jerusalem consists of three main parts:

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.

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.

The third part of Jerusalem is East Jerusalem, populated mostly with Palestinians, presenting a wide range of oriental restaurants, lively shops and inexpensive hotels.

Jewish Quarter - Old City Jerusalem

Jewish Quarter - Old City Jerusalem

Dating back to the days of the Turkish reign over Israel, the old city has been parted into four sections, each representing its habitants; The Jewish quarter, the Armenian quarter, the Christian quarter and the Muslim quarter. Although the Jewish Quarter is considered to be the oldest quarter in the city, dating back to the days of the bible, in terms of the architecture found in the quarter, it is considered to be the newest quarter of the four. Besides being the second smallest section in the city, most of the houses that can be found in the quarter, date back to only the 1960’s and 1970’s. During the war of independence, the quarter, that knew prosperous times during the Turkish regime, was attacked fiercely by the Jordanian forces. With only several young Palmach defenders and without any food or water, the quarter quickly found itself cut off from the rest of Jerusalem and Israel, in foreign hands. The Jordanian troops wiped out most of the Jewish houses leaving only one synagogue standing and causing the Jews of the quarter to seek refuge outside the walls of the old city. After the six day war in 1967, the archeologists seized the opportunity the recapturing of the city brought and went out on a big excavation following Jerusalem’s ancient history. The digs resulted in the exposure of the Cardo (the old market street in the Roman-Byzanite period), the Burnt House, Robinson’s Bow and many more. Today’s Jewish Quarter residents are practicing Jews, many of them coming from English speaking countries. Along with plenty of religious schools that cater for Jewish youth from abroad, the Jewish Quarter, like the German Colony has a strong Anglophone appeal. Major attractions in the quarter include the Western Wall, the Cardo, the Hurva Synagoge, the Bunt House and the Four Sephardi Synagogues.

Mamilla mall, Jerusalem

Mamilla mall, Jerusalem

The first of July has arrived, the day that symbolizes more than anything the opening cheer of the great freedom and it seems that there is no escape and the mall will become the hot arena of events for the coming months of freedom for our good. And if you already have a shopping experience, it is especially recommended to visit the Sderot Mamilla mall, Jerusalem, the city where those who do not live or were born in it always feel a bit like a tourist. The mall is located in front of the Jaffa Gate, part of the prestigious district overlooking the Old City, Jerusalem. Mamilla Mall is an "open mall" built as an avenue that preserves the architectural heritage of the past combined with an addictive and up-to-date shopping experience. The mall has 120 national chains and select stores of local and international brands, boutiques, cafes and restaurants. The mall has an indoor hall where various shows, games and activities for children are held from time to time. Among the large variety of stores: Mango, MAC, Castro, Steimatzky, e. Stern, BEBE, Polo Ralph Lauren, Nautica, Tommy Hilfiger, Top Shop, and many more goodies! Among the international luxury stores that have recently made an ascent to the Holy City, you will find the flagship store of the prestigious ROLEX SHOW brand, instead of a significant selection of other luxury brands such as Gucci, Radu, Lacroix, Omega and many more. The Nike store is designed in a European style that holds unique and exclusive models. The only CROCS brand store in Jerusalem, THE NORTH FACE - one of the world's leading brands in the field of outdoor activities, cycling clothing, ski clothing and various accessories. At the end of the boulevard is the prestigious Mamilla Hotel with a view of the city walls.

Virtual Tour - The Western Wall of Jerusalem

Virtual Tour - The Western Wall of Jerusalem

The holiest Jewish site in the world and a renowned symbol of Jerusalem's Old City, the Western Wall is a remnant of the retaining wall built by Herod the Great in the 1st century BC, to encompass the Second Temple enclosure. As the only remainder of their sacred, destroyed Temple, Jewish people from all over the world, throughout two thousands years of exile, have faced the direction of the Western Wall on their prayers. It is a Jewish belief that the Holy Presence has never left the Western Wall, thus it became the most significant site of Jewish pilgrimage, where Jews came to mourn the ruin of the Temple. This is how the Wall, "Ha'kotel" in Hebrew, has gained the name - the "Wailing Wall". The big plaza in front of the Wall is divided into two sections - one for women and one for men. Here you can observe different kinds of Jewish activities and prayers, from orthodox Jews dressed in black reading their bible, to Israeli soldiers and groups of Jewish tourists. Leaning against the Wall and kissing the stones, the prayers' most famous custom is to insert a note with a prayer to God between the Wall's bricks, believing in its priority to be answered. The Western Wall serves as a favorite location for Jewish traditional celebrations, and gets amazingly alive on Friday eve (the arrival of Sabbath) and on Jewish holidays. While visiting the Kotel you may see a Bar Mitzvah kid holding the Torah on his traditional ceremony, or an excited bride & groom being photographed before their wedding. Information: The Western Wall is open 24 hours, and requires a modest dress for women and a head cover for the men. Admission is free. The closest gate to enter the Old City directly to the Wall is the Dung Gate. Buses No. 1 and 2 reach inside the Old City to the area of the Wall.

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