Pinsteps. Graves of Jerusalem builders, the Jaffa Gate, Old city of Jerusalem

Look at the fence. Behind bars are two graves belonging to the builders of the walls and gates of modern Jerusalem. Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent ordered them to execute after they made a big mistake. The legend says that Suleiman wanted the city walls to pass in the same place where the walls of Jerusalem passed at the time of great kings: David and Solomon. However, the walls of the enormous Byzantine church erroneously were recognized as the city's southern wall. As a result, almost the entire city of David and Solomon's town remained behind the modern Jerusalem. So the builders were executed and buried at the Jaffa Gate for edification and silent rebuke to future unlucky construction contractors.


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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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