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  Herodian Quarter, Jewish Quarter, Jerusalem
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The Jewish Quarter of today is built on the site of the ancient city of Herod's period. On the upper slope of the hill overlooking Temple Mount stood the Upper City, home to Jerusalem's social and economical elite.

When the Jewish Quarter was rebuilt, after the Six Day War of 1967, archaeological excavations were carried out before the foundations of any new building were laid. This is how the Herodian Quarter of 2000 years ago was discovered. The compound consists of six ancient houses, which were preserved and incorporated into the Wohl Museum of Archaeology, which now forms the basement of a modern house. The remains are mainly the cellars of those aristocratic houses: Storage rooms, ritual baths, water reservoirs. They are one or two storey high. The museum displays the various artefacts, utensils, flasks and coins found in these houses.

The decorations attest to the wealth of the owners, with mosaics, stucco work and a colorful fresco. Although the decorations were made in a Greco-Roman style, the avoidance of depicting human faces is typical of the Jewish religion. The most impressive of the six houses is called the House of Measurements, which also had a balcony with a view of the Temple Mount.

Address: 1 Ha-Kara'im St, Jewish Quarter, Jerusalem
Directions: Near the center of the Jewish Quarter, Old City of Jerusalem, in the builsing of Yeshivat Ha-Kotel.
Entrance fee: NIS 15.

othercontact: Fax: +972-2-6265920
Phone: +972-2-6265921
Website: http://www.jewish-quarter.org.il/atar-rovar.asp

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  • Updated Apr 25, 2011
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