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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About reneerileyOur blog was begun as a way to share our experiences in China. From August 2010 to July 2011, my husband, Barry Kristel, and I were at our University of Hawaii Maui College sister school, Zhejiang Agriculture and Forestry University in Lin'an, China, a city considered rural because it has only 500,000 people! We had a wonderful time. Then in February 2012, we returned to teach this time at our other sister school, Shanghai Normal University, in a city of over 21 million people. We've made many discoveries. Did you know that now Chinese girls, at least the ones who go to university, for the most part feel they are luckier than the Chinese boys? Did you know that Shanghai saved over 20,000 European Jews during WWII? Do you know how Chinese university students would deal with problems that come up in Dear Abby letters? What's it like to be on the Great Wall of China? Do you know how many Chinese girls had their feet bound and why? And we have recipes from many of the places we've visited. Among others, you can find instructions on how to fry cicadas from one of my ZAFU students and how to make chocolate-Kahlua waffles from my brother Mike in Gainesville. You can also look back to our earliest entry to see what we experienced in Oaxaca, Mexico, in 2006 during the mainly peaceful six months of protest until the Mexican government sent in the troops. Between our stays in China, Barry and I have been on the Mainland U.S. visiting family, friends and Servas hosts as we traveled home to Maui. We share those experiences too. Welcome to our blog! Aloha and Zài Jiàn, Renée and Barry
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