Throwback Thursday: Towers and Markets in Jerusalem

The David’s Tower museum in Jerusalem is where Jesus was said to have been condemned, it was interesting but a bit of a let down compared to all the other sites in Jerusalem. The audio guide was definitely useless!! But walking around the tower and museum was still worth it all.

Built to strengthen a strategically weak point in the Old City’s defenses, the citadel that stands today was constructed during the 2nd century BC. It contains important archaeological finds dating back 2,700 years, and is a popular venue for benefit events, craft shows, concerts, and sound-and-light performances.

Inside David’s Tower museum
Inside David’s Tower museum

The name “Tower of David” is due to Byzantine Christians who believed the site to be the palace of King David.

The exhibits depict 4,000 years of Jerusalem’s history, from its beginnings as a Canaanite city to modern times. Using maps, videotapes, holograms, drawings and models, the exhibit rooms each depict Jerusalem under its various rulers. Visitors may also ascend to the top of the tower, which command a 360-degree view of the Old City and New City of Jerusalem.

As I walked from Jafa Gate to Damascus Gate I got to buy a couple of souvenirs along the way at some of the lovely stalls. The Arabs actually loved me in their stores and kept offering me coffee. Think it might have been the black hair and pale skin as I havent seen sunshine in ages in Moscow.

 

Who doesn't like chili's!!
Who doesn’t like chili’s!!

That evening I joined the market tour of the hostel where I was staying. We went for a walk through the market and bought loads of ingredients.  I just love the fresh vegetables and bright colours of the market. Everything was fresh and smelled so goo. I wouldnt know how to use or combine half of the herbs and spices sold here but would love to buy them and learn how to cook with them. After doing loads of shopping we cooked a lovely Arabic meal in the hostel with the help of the tour guide. It was a fabulous evening, cooking and drinking red wine!

I think from now on I should definitely try and do a cooking lesson in each new place I travel to.

The people in Jerusalem are very friendly, and not once have I felt unsafe or threatened. They are sometimes too friendly, seems like loads of SA people go through here because as soon as they hear I am from SA they say “hoe haan dit?”. One guy even commented “jy het mooi oe” and another started talking to me in Zulu. 

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