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Ancient Burnt House in Jerusalem – Katres House in Jerusalem

The burnt house, also known as Katres House, is the excavated remains of a house in the Jewish quarter of Jerusalem which was destroyed at the time of the destruction of the second temple. The house is believed to have been owned by a priestly family.

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Ramparts Walk National Park – Jerusalem’s old city ramparts

The ramparts walk along the top of Jerusalem’s old city walls provides a new view into parts of the old city which are otherwise inaccessible, and a view into the lives of the inhabitants of the old city. The views from the walls of the old city as well as the new city are spectacular.

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Herodian Quarter – Herodian archaeological museum – Wohl Archaeological Museum in Jerusalem

The Herodian Quarter, which is the largest roofed archaeological site in Israel, encompasses over 2700 square meters and the remains of 6-7 large houses from the second temple period. When the Jewish quarter was rebuilt from 1969-1982, the remains of second temple period homes were found at the site of the Yeshivat HaKotel building. Photographs of the excavations can be seen in the museum.

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Jewish Quarter walking tour – Walking tour from the Jaffa Gate to the Western Wall

The Jewish Quarter was rebuilt after the six day war. Reconstruction of the Jewish Quarter took place from 1969-1985, at the end of which 600 Jewish families were housed there; the reconstruction included excavations and archeological digs, as well as building modern homes and institutions. This tour winds through the Northern part of the Jewish Quarter, taking you through the ancient sites and new buildings.

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King Solomon’s Quarries – quarries in Jerusalem cave – Zedekiah’s Cave

Zedekiah’s cave, called Ma’arat Tzedekiyahu in Hebrew, is one of the largest caves in Israel. The cave is about 220 meters long, and lies under the Moslem quarter. The cave was blocked in the 11th century, and only rediscovered in 1854, when an American missionary discovered it by chance. The entrance to the cave is through the park by the Damascus Gate.

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Gan HaTekuma in the Jewish Quarter – Excavations in Gan HaTekuma

Gan HaTekuma is a park inside the Jewish Quarter of the old city of Jerusalem. Excavations in the park have uncovered remains of three different buildings. The park is located between the Zion Gate and Dung Gate, opposite the main parking lot in the Jewish Quarter.

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Jerusalem Archaeological Park – Davidson Center in Jerusalem’s old city

The Jerusalem Archaeological Park includes the southern section of the western wall as well as the southern retaining wall of the temple mount, in addition to the excavations alongside these walls. The Davidson Center, located in an ancient Umayyad palace, has a museum which provides additional information, displays, and context for the archaeological garden.

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Ariel Center of the History of the First Temple Period – museum of first temple period in Jerusalem

The Ariel Center for the History of the First Temple Period has three exhibits.

The first illustrates life in the first temple period. It shows the development the Hebrew characters and writing. This exhibit contains ancient inscriptions from the 7th and 8th centuries BCE. It also shows copies of archaeological findings, such as a plaque engraved with the Priestly blessing, as well as models of a burial cave.

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