Pinsteps. The Hurva (Ruin) Synagogue, Old City, Jerusalem

Until 1948, the synagogue of the Ashkenazi community with the strange name "Ruin" was the most significant and crucial in Old Jerusalem. They began to build the synagogue in the 18th century, but construction stopped, perhaps due to the non-payment of debts. As a result, the synagogue stood in ruins until the mid-19th century. This long period of uncompleted construction attached the name "ruin" to the building. Unfortunately, the synagogue stood in its glory for only a few decades until the Jordanian army destroyed it in 1949. Only in 2010, after a long restoration, the synagogue reopened its doors. The synagogue tours are fascinating and make it possible to ascend the balcony of its dome. From there you have great views of the old city and its surroundings.

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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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