Pinsteps. The Jaffa Gate, Jerusalem

Tradition says that the Sultan's prophetic dream caused the construction of the fortress walls around Jerusalem. Sultan dreamed lions were chasing him, and there was nowhere to hide. One of the courtiers interpreted this dream as the need to create a shelter. Since the lion is the oldest symbol of Jerusalem, Sultan decided to construct the fortress walls around the eternal city. In 1898, to the right of the Jaffa Gate, Turks chose to create a wide entrance to the town on the eve of the visit of German Kaiser Wilhelm II in Jerusalem. And almost 20 years later, in 1918, English General Allenby entered the city during a magnificent ceremony opening the era of English rule. Immediately inside the gate, a staircase rises to the left. Do not miss a municipal toilet after one staircase.


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Jerusalem Old City Holy Sepulcher and Wailing Wall

The trip takes us from the Jaffa Gate through the Christian Quarter to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. After that, we will visit Golgotha, the stone of anointing, burial, and resurrection, St. Helena Chapel - the site where the Holy cross was found. Further, the route passes through Muristan to the Jewish Quarter, Kardo Street, excavations of the walls of Jerusalem from the time of Jesus, the mosaic of Madaba, the Hurva Synagogue, the Menorah, the panorama of the Olive and Temple Mountains, the Wailing Wall. Finally, we return to the Jaffa Gate through the Muslim Quarter, the monuments of the Mamluk architecture, and the street of David.

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