Jerusalem

MACHANE YEHUDA FOOD MARKET UNVEILED AS GOURMAND PARADISE

Jerusalem’s legendary Machane Yehuda open-air food market has developed into a gourmand wonderland, featuring more than 250 food stalls and vendors boasting a wide range of products — from locally sourced produce, dairy products and delicacies to imported sweets and organic wines from Israel and around the world. Conveniently located just steps away from the Jerusalem city center, the Machane Yehuda market was first established in 1887 and exists today as one of Israel’s most buzzing markets, where espresso bars, photography galleries and fashion boutiques sit alongside butchers, repairmen and vegetable vendors. The Machane Yehuda market has also launched a new website, featuring interactive maps, interviews with vendors and options to book special themed tours. www.machne.co.il

BURNT HOUSE MUSEUM IN THE OLD CITY OF JERUSALEM

Located 20 feet underground in the Jewish Quarter in the Old City of Jerusalem, Jerusalem’s Burnt House Museum is housed in an excavated building from the Second Temple Period, and features a small collection of Second Temple period antiquities, including stone weighing systems, large jugs, bowls and measuring cups. The museum also displays earthenware inscribed with the original family’s name, “Katros,” who were mentioned in the Talmud in a list of four families of Temple priests who abused their position. Visitors to the Burnt House can also experience a multimedia film depicting the history of the house and its destruction. www.jerusalem-oldcity.org.il

OLD CITY OF JERUSALEM RAMPARTS WALK

For active travelers wishing to explore the Old City of Jerusalem from above, the Ramparts Walk offers a bird’s eye view of the city walls and gates, as well as the Jewish, Christian, Muslim and Armenian Quarters, Mount Scopus and the Mount of Olives, among other sites. Travelers may enter the Ramparts from inside the Jaffa Gate, and trek past the 2,000-year-old Citadel built by King Herod.

UMBERTO NAHON MUSEUM OF ITALIAN JEWISH ART

Home to one of Israel’s most fascinating synagogues, the Umberto Nahon Museum of Italian Jewish Art is located on Hillel Street near Independence Park outside the Old City of Jerusalem, and features the original synagogue of Conegliano Veneto, a village located between Padua and Venice. Following its transfer to Jerusalem after the end of World War II, the synagogue’s interior was reconstructed and opened its doors to serve the Italian Community in Jerusalem and as a focal point to the museum. The synagogue boasts the original bimah, or raised platform, as well as the magnificent Ark of Conegliano Veneto, which is decorated with fine golden carved wooden ornamentation and two 18th-century Venetian cornucopia-shaped walls. In addition, the museum boasts a wide-range of Italian Jewish art and objects, including metalwork, woodwork, textiles, manuscripts and prints created by Jewish Italian artists. http://ijamuseum.org

ST. PETER IN GALLICANTU CHURCH

Located on the eastern slope of Mount Zion, St. Peter in Gallicantu was built in the 5th century and is believed to be the location of Caiaphas’ house, the setting for the story of Peter’s denial of his connection with Jesus on the night of his trial and the shedding of his self-recriminatory tears. Pilgrims to the St. Peter in Gallicantu Church can explore ancient artifacts and relics from the time of Jesus, including a statue that describes the events of the denial of Jesus by Peter, the cock, the maid and the Roman soldier; a painting depicting St. Peter, Jesus and the cock; and an ancient staircase facing the Valley of Kidron. In the church basement, pilgrims can explore an array of caves from the Second Temple Period that were believed to have housed a jail where Jesus was held after his arrest.

MUSEUM OF THE UNDERGROUND PRISONERS

The Museum of the Underground Prisoners, located in the former Russian Women’s Pilgrim Hostel in the Russian Compound near the Damascus Gate, features the meticulously preserved cells of Jewish freedom fighters Meir Feinstein and Moshe Barazani, as well as other former cells containing original artifacts and documents detailing life behind bars from the time of the British Mandate over Palestine. Travelers to the museum will also learn about the history of the former prison through the narrative of the underground prisoners and their struggle for the establishment of the State of Israel.

AMMUNITION HILL MEMORIAL AND MUSEUM

The Ammunition Hill Memorial and Museum, nestled between the Ramat Eshkol and French Hill neighborhoods, is the site commemorating 37 soldiers who lost their lives during the Six Day War as Israel was able to link central Jerusalem with the Israeli enclave on Mount Scopus. Today, Ammunition Hill houses an extensive museum, featuring a documentary film detailing the history of the events surrounding the battle and exhibitions detailing the armed Jewish resistance to Nazi oppression in Europe, as well as well-preserved trenches and fortifications from the Six Day War. www.givathatachmosht.org.il

JERUSALEM’S GERMAN COLONY

Established in the 19th century by German Templars, Jerusalem’s esteemed German Colony sits today as one of the city’s most prominent neighborhoods, featuring carefully manicured sidewalks, art galleries, clothing boutiques and quality restaurants along Emek Refaim Street. The German Colony also boasts the Smadar Theater, Jerusalem’s art-house cinema and a perennial gathering place for the local creatives, as well as an outdoor artists’ market every Friday morning through the afternoon.

TICHO HOUSE

Built in the mid-19th century by an Arab dignitary, the Ticho House stands as one of the first houses in modern Jerusalem outside of the Old City walls. Purchased by Dr. Avraham Ticho and his wife Anna in 1924, the house features temporary art exhibitions, including an exhibition of works created by Anna Ticho, as well as the family’s collection of Hanukkah lamps, a reference library housing books about Jerusalem art and literature and a garden café and restaurant. The Ticho House also hosts monthly cultural events and music concerts. www.english.imjnet.org.il/page_1712

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