Sunday, March 18, 2012

The CARDO in Jerusalem, Part 2

Ancient Jerusalem

Photo: Miriam Woelke

A small series about archeology in the Old City of Jerusalem. 
Please see Part 1 HERE !

The CARDO in the Old City of Jerusalem used to be an ancient shopping mall built by the Romans. After the destruction of the Second Temple, the Roman emperor Hadrian changed the name "Jerusalem" into "Aelia Capitolina". The former shopping mall led from today's Damascus Gate (East Jerusalem) into today's Jewish Quarter.

From the ancient part of the Cardo into the modern shopping mall part of the Cardo. Especially tourists like to shop but there is no doubt that prices are exaggerated. Going down the Cardo shopping mall, you will get into the Muslim Quarter.

In the course of time, Jerusalem was destroyed several times and always rebuilt on top of its ruins. Thus, parts of the city have several layers and the Jerusalem of 2000 years ago, we find 10 or 20 meters below today's Jerusalem.

Here are the ruins exibited in the Cardo:

Pieces of the city wall from the First Temple period

 Copyright / Photos: Miriam Woelke

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