Jerusalem: What’s Outside the Old City Walls?
Jerusalem is much more than the Old City – although that part is very historic and wonderful. Outside the walls is a vibrant city of education, museums, markets, and places of religious significance. Jerusalem also serves as the capital of Israel; many businesses, government offices, restaurants, and hotels are throughout the city.
Religion and history intertwine everywhere outside the walls too.
You’ll find Hebrew University –
Barry and I spent three afternoons on the Hebrew University campus and in its terrific the dining hall 🙂
In Jerusalem, you will find many beautiful and peaceful places.
YMCA: “Here is a place whose atmosphere is peace/Where political and religious jealousies can be forgotten and international unity be fortified and developed.”
Our friends showed us important religious sites — and the ordinary places of Israeli life.
Besides being able to wander around the city, we found that Jerusalem has wonderful museums.
Although not very big, the L.A. Mayer Museum for Islamic Arts is interesting — and it is open on Satuday, during Shabbat.
The museum also contains a section on watches and clocks. The most significant timepieces are by Abraham Louis Breguet (1747-1823), inventor of some of the greatest technological innovations in modern watch making. Because the watch was so complex, the “Marie Antoinette” although commissioned for her wasn’t finished until 23 years after her execution!
A museum that you must see in Jerusalem is the Israel Museum.
You can see one of the oldest human portraits known. Found in the Judean Hills and Judean Desert, from the Neolithic Period, 9,000 years ago, this prehistoric mask is one of a group of masks that have been scattered around the world, but they are now exhibited in the Israel Museum – together for the first time.
Another fantastic museum is the informative and moving Yad Vashem Holocaust History Museum. Go there too. Trip Advisor rates this museum as 5/5.
A visitor looks at pictures of Holocaust victims at Yad Vashem’s Holocaust History Museum in Jerusalem. The museum commemorates the six million Jews killed by the Nazis in the Holocaust during World War Two.
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Barry and I spent about four hours in the Israel Museum and about that much time at the Holocaust Museum. We want to go back to both since we didn’t see everything; we found both very interesting.
Also the Bible Lands Museum is highly recommended; it explores the peoples and cultures mentioned in the Bible. TripAdvisor rates it 4.5/5.
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And more museums are coming.
Jerusalem has fantastic restaurants, markets, music, history, culture, and religions. It is a modern bustling city that you are sure to find interesting.
I hope you too can go to Jerusalem.
Aloha & Shalom, Renée
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