The West Side story of Jerusalem
We start our tour at the western part of Jerusalem with a pleasant walking toward Teddy Park, just across the Mammilla Center. After exploring this pastoral park, we walk through green paths leading us to the first Jewish neighborhood built outside the Old City walls in 1860 – Mishkenot Sha’ananim. The tranquil alleys of this romantic neighborhood make a perfect continuation to this pleasant tour. We climb to the top of the hill, passing by Yemin Moshe, another 19th century new section on the west side of the City of Jerusalem.
We visit The Knesset, The Israeli parliament, see historical tapestries and mosaics by Marc Chagall in the Chagall State Hall, the exhibit of Israel’s Declaration of Independence and Knesset Committees Wing.
We visit The Israel Museum, a rare combination of great art and archeology collections exhibited under one roof. We start at The Model of Jerusalem in the Second Temple Period (1st Century AD). Continue to The Shrine of the Book. After the Jewish Bible was canonized, the Jewish people came to be known as “the People of the Book.” Here we can explore the magical story of The Dead Sea Scrolls (written more than 2,000 years ago). The Aleppo Codex was written in Tiberias in the 10th Century AC, constituting the most accurate version of the Bible. A fascinating new exhibition called “And Then There Was Nano” exhibits The Smallest Bible in the World – a must see item. The wing of Jewish art and Life in the museum displays a vast variety of artifacts depicting Jewish life from around the world and along the course of history.