Jerusalem Jaffa Road Walking Tour (Self Guided), Jerusalem

Jaffa Road is the oldest and longest street in Jerusalem. There are many museums, shops, restaurants, and art galleries that line this street. The famous Jerusalem pedestrian malls are all located on the intersections of this street. This self-guided tour will lead you through the most visited landmarks on this street:
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Guide Name: Jerusalem Jaffa Road Walking Tour
Guide Location: Israel » Jerusalem (See other walking tours in Jerusalem)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 5
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.5 Km or 1.6 Miles
Author: vickyc
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Mahaneh Yehuda Market

1) Mahaneh Yehuda Market (must see)

Mahane Yehuda Market is often referred to as "The Shuk" by the locals. Literally, the term means open market, and this is the largest of such places in Jerusalem. It's one of the best places for locals and visitors to mingle. There are over 250 vendors who sell fresh vegetables, fruits, baked goods, meats and fish, cheeses and nuts, and a host of lovely spices and wines. If you are in the mood to shop for something, this is also your location, as it specializes in clothing and shoes, housewares, textiles, and Judaica.

The marketplace has been completely redesigned lately. It now even sports a roof that encloses the market's open areas. Surrounding the market are juice bars, cafes and coffee houses, and lovely stands where you can experience real falafel and shawarma. The busiest days are Thursday and Friday when the locals are shopping for Shabbat.

Why You Should Visit:
You can't miss this place if you are a market lover. Lots of choice and lots of great spots to eat.

Tip:
For the cheapest prices, go later on in the day at sunset. Prices on all perishables go down so that vendors can get rid of the food before the day's end. All fruit, veggies, breads, etc. go down to almost nothing.
Swing by on a Saturday morning, too – all the stalls will be closed but you get a chance to see the amazing murals painted onto all the security gates. Most people never see them. You'll get some great photos.

Opening Hours:
Sun-Thu: 8am-7pm; Fri: 8am-3pm
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Window to Sky

2) Window to Sky

While continuing your walking tour along the Jaffa road you will see a window to the sky. That is a building whose architecture forms this window to sky. It is a very interesting view.
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Ben Yehuda Street

3) Ben Yehuda Street

Ben Yehuda Street is more open pedestrian mall than street. It connects to Jaffa and King George Street forming a triangle in central Jerusalem. Eliezer Ben-Yehuda was a linguist and is credited with reviving the Hebrew language and the street is named in his honor. The Street was a busy thoroughfare even before Israel was a state and as such, it has been the target of several terrorist bombings and attacks. Closing it to vehicular traffic made the Street safer but it is still wise to be wary.

Having given a nod to caution, this Street is really fun and caters to the tourists. The area is a great place to buy a souvenir, grab some great food, have a little sit down and watch the crowds go by. The streets are lined with sidewalk cafés and musicians frequent the area with music, old and new. The locals call the area Midrachov which is a contraction of two Hebrew words meaning Sidewalk Street.

While Ben Yehuda Street is not the most significant street in Jerusalem, or the most attractive, it is certainly not to be missed. The cobblestones certainly add to the charm and the music along with the food and little shops make for a fun atmosphere.
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Russian Orthodox Holy Trinity Cathedral

4) Russian Orthodox Holy Trinity Cathedral

Trinity church is a Russian Orthodox is a house of worship located in the Russian compound in Jerusalem's center. The sanctuary and chapel was constructed in 1860. It was designed Martin Epinger. He was a very famous Russian born architect. He designed the structure in a way that might remind of Red Square in Moscow. It is still owned and operated by people from Russia. You might also be interested to know that this place is used by immigrants from that country as a king of connecting place.

During World War I, the Turks (Ottoman Empire) made all Christians leave Jerusalem. The church fell into disrepair as a result. In 1948, after the War for Independence was over, this house of prayer resumed its primary function, and is now in Russian control once again.

This house of worship got its start during a time when the Russian Orthodox Church was undergoing growth in the area of Jerusalem. They encouraged waves of pilgrims to make the journey.

Holy Trinity Cathedral is located in the Russian Compound. Other structures in the same general location have long been used as a pilgrim's hotel. In fact the local building that now houses the police was also used for this purpose. The recently restored religious site has beautiful art work, and classic icons to behold all over the building. You need to see the golden doors of the iconostasis. A small gift stand is also on site. Admission to the location is free of charge.
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Jaffa Gate

5) Jaffa Gate

The Jaffa Gate is a 16th Century Ottoman addition to the wall around Jerusalem, which is located on the western side of the old city. It faces the city by the same name. It is the main entrance into that section of the town. It is one of eight such structures that are part of the famous wall around the city. It is also, perhaps oddly, set at a 90 degree angle, and is the only structural opening set as such. No doubt, this was done as a defensive tactic by the builders.

It goes by several different names also: in Hebrew, it is Sha'ar Yafo, and in Arabic, it is called Bab el-Khalil, which means "Gate of the Friend." You may also hear this place referred to as the “prayer niche of David.”

The Biblical character Jonah left on a sea journey from here. Pilgrims also debarked on their trip to the Holy City. Even in today’s times, this famous old road is still used. It is now a superhighway that will take you to Tel Aviv.

The name for this site is a reminder of the prophet Abraham. Legend holds he was buried there somewhere. Since he lived in Hebron, another name for the opening is the "Hebron Gate." King David makes this place sacred for Muslims because he is considered an Islamic Prophet. The Crusaders also build an opening they called “David’s Gate.”

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