10 seats in Jerusalem, who do not know "batch" tourists

Jerusalem is one of the most popular tourist cities. In addition to the main attractions, in the new capital of Israel there are other interesting places that are usually not included in excursion programs…

Jerusalem – city with almost three thousand meal stories. Being at the junction of cultures, civilizations and religions, it is one of the most significant cities in the world. Thousands of foreigners come here for thousands of foreigners, and travel agencies are offered excursions to holy places. That is why the crowds of tourists are accumulated in the old city of Jerusalem to be accumulated in the old city of Jerusalem, who do not carely follow the marks of guides. To feel the special energy of holy places, visit them up to eight in the morning or after sunset, and in the afternoon, explore the city’s impregnated with the spirit of antiquity, where never happens “Package” tourists.

Ethiopian Monastery Deyar Ass Sultan and Coptic Church

Ethiopian Monastery Deyre Az-Sultan is located right on the roof of the chief temple of the Lord. Tiny Celi Monks, representing white clay huts with bright green doors, were built in the middle of the XIX century. It seems that time in the monastery stopped a half century ago. Monks living here – descendants of Ethiopian Christians who appeared in Jerusalem 1500 years ago. Many of them are welcoming and are located to communicate. If you know English, they will gladly tell you the story of your life. From the monastery there is a beautiful view of the Armenian Church of St. Helena and the Temple of the Mernel of the Lord with his blue domes. To arrange monks to themselves, leave as a donation from 1 to 10 shekels. Picture Celi can, monks – only with permission. It is extremely undesirable to come to the territory of the monastery in frank clothes and photographed on the background of the cells in playful poses.

To get to the Coptic Church of the XII in., need to get out of the territory of the monastery, overcome some low stairs and enter the small arch in the wall. Next to the entrance to the church – another arch, decorated with a cross, and the ninth stop of the Cross Path of Jesus Christ on Calvary. From the entrance to the church, you can take a picture of the main dome of the chill temple of the Lord. Interesting and interior decoration of Copt Capella: icons in “Childhood” The style is very different from the usual Orthodox and Catholic.

Previously, to climb the roof of the chill temple of the Lord through the door located near the main entrance, but now it was closed from extraneous visitors. There is a secret way, which is still open to sophisticated travelers: the most convenient to get face to the main entrance of the temple of the Holy Sepulcher, turn to the right and go along the Saint Helena Street, then, rebuilding the facade of the Church of Christ the Roseary of Rose Stone, turn left – Beit Ha-Bad. Inconspicuous staircase leading upstairs hidden between trading stalls on the left side. Near the stairs hanging plate “Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate”. To chat with monks, it is better to come after 8-9 in the morning.

Saint Helena tank

A visit to the Coptic Church and the Ethiopian monastery can be combined with an inspection of an ancient reservoir shrouded in many legends. Archaeologists believe that the underground lake served as a reservoir in the pre-Christian period, but 2,000 years ago it was abandoned. Then they began to be conducted by kernel works, and the lake itself turned into a landfill. Now the water is purified from ancient garbage and illuminated by artificial dim light, so that the atmosphere of mysteriousness of departments reigns in the dungeon. For each sound, stone vaults respond to loud echo. If you have good vocal data, be sure to spoil here a medieval ballad, a prayer for Latin or any lyrical song.

The dungeon is right in the Coptic Church. Near the entrance to it, the caretaker sits and hesitates to an ancient reservoir for 5 shekels. Tourist groups here usually do not water, but private guides enthusiasts make an exception. It is better to ask the caretaker, whether there is no group in the dungeon: to disperse with a large number of people on a narrow staircase may not be easy.

Ethiopian church

In Jerusalem there is a church owned by the Ethiopian branch of Christianity. Religious community appeared in ancient Israel one and a half thousand years ago and has a rich history. The church building itself is built in the XIX century, but in its architecture and inner decoration there was a reflection of the originality of ancient Ethiopian culture. The church has a round shape: This is due to the fact that during the service, parishioners move around the main center. Walls inside painted in pink, white and blue colors and painted with frescoes, and the vintage icons are like fun comics. Church services from the side look like Shaman rituals: Smiling monks beat in the drums and burn torches.

Ethiopian church is outside the old city on Ethiopia Street. You can go from Damascus gates along Ha-Neviim Street. The path will take about half an hour on the sidewalk along the carriageway. Faster rearing by bus to stop ha-roll Cook. From the Yafsky gate, you are more interesting to go through the pedestrian street Jaffa and turn on the street ha-roll Cook. You can enter the church for free, leaving a small donation, but only Ethiopians are allowed to serve.


Dilapidated vintage buildings scattered over the slopes of picturesque hills, saw everyone who went into Jerusalem from the west. This is an abandoned Arab elevator village. People lived in this place from biblical times, but to this day only the construction of the XVI century survived, essentially destroyed in 1948 during the Arab-Israeli war. In 1980, the village was declared a reserve. Two artificial reservoirs are preserved in the elevators: one of them is abandoned and is heavily polluted, and in the second, religious Jews make ritual ablutions. Despite the fact that there is no electricity and sewage in the elevator, and the trees sprouted through thick stone walls, in some homes settled homeless. In 2011, the village fell under demolition, but the inhabitants of Jerusalem defended her as a historical place. Today, the elevator is the only abandoned Arab village who has not been rebuilt in Israel, which was not rebuilt and did not stop repeatedly.

It is more convenient to come to the elevator by car, but if there is no such possibility, you need to get to the central bus station of Jerusalem and walk near a kilometer. Tourist infrastructure is completely absent here, and the entrance is free. On the territory of the village there are a lot of barbed plants and few trotted tracks, so it is worth putting closed clothes and shoes with thick soles. Homeless people do not pose, but when meeting with them it is better to donate 1-2 Shekels.

Yemein Moshe

The first Jewish quarter, built at the end of the XIX century outside the old city, is visible from afar due to the mill and tiled roofs of houses. If one hundred years ago, it was unsafe, now Yemein Moshe is a prestigious quarter, where famous Israeli artists, musicians and other representatives of Bohemia will settle. Cozy streets in the European style forced by clay pots with flowers, almost always deserted, and the spring the quarter is drowning in flowering trees. There are several viewing platforms on the territory of Yemein Moshe, with exciting views on the Old Town. Home Landmark Quarter – Antique Montteophiori Coach, brought from Vienna. Also, the ruins of the Roman aqueduct that functioned during the second temple has been preserved. The most first Yemein Moshe building, built in 1860, was assigned to the municipal hotel, but the number in it is almost impossible.

You can go to Yemein Moshe from several entrances, but it is best to go through the fashionable street Mamilla and go to an ultramodern park with a fountain in the form of a river. There are no shops here, and few restaurants are very expensive. The Montefior Memorial Museum does not represent much interest in tourists, so it’s better to just take place in a quarter and enjoy his special atmosphere. Those who like to photograph cities architecture, it is better to come to Yemein Moshe 2-3 hours after dawn or 2-3 hours before sunset. For those traveling by car, equipped with convenient parking. Entrance to the territory of the Quarter is free.

Museum complex “Tower of David”

High White Stone Tower is visible almost from any point of Jerusalem. This is the only one of the three ancient observation towers, preserved to this day. In times, Herod of the Great Tower was called “Facale”. The fortress was repeatedly destroyed in the course of numerous wars, and all the buildings on its territory were rebuilt. The fortress has acquired its current appearance in the XVI century during the reign of the Ottoman Empire. It was then that the observation tower was rebuilt into a minaret. Ottomans believed that at this place was previously located the palace of King David, and called the whole complex of buildings in honor of him. Now “Tower of David” – The most interesting archaeological park where you can see the buildings of several eras. Inside buildings, parts of ancient structures are preserved, as well as installations that reveal the multiplinary history of Israel. There are several viewing sites on the territory of the complex, from where you can admire the old town.

Despite the fact that the complex is located near the Yaffian gate, the main contingent of visitors is Israeli schoolchildren who come here with school excursions, but there are practically no tourgroup here. For an adult ticket will have to pay 40 shekels, for children and retirees there are discounts. In the evening, the light show is held on the territory of the complex, which is paid separately.

Fortress Wall

Walk around the old city along the fortress wall – one of Jerusalem’s secret tourist rides. Israel’s Ministry of Tourism deliberately does not advertise this site so that tourists do not flood it, as happened to the Great Chinese Wall. Walking through the ancient fence built in the first half of the XVI century, you can see from a height of 10-15 meters all four quarters of Jerusalem and the most significant attractions. Wall cloths are at the level of an adult person of medium height, the risk of falling close to zero.

It is more convenient to combine the walk along the fortress wall immediately after inspection “Towers David”. At the exit from the complex will appear pointers with the inscription “Rampart Wall”. In the inconspicuous room is sold input tickets worth 18 shekels, and together with them a prospectus is issued with a description of the sights. To tourists can bypass the fortress around the perimeter with a length of 5 kilometers, one ticket operates two days. Be sure to keep it during this time: controllers often meet on the wall. Lifting on the wall is near every gate.

Church of Christ Redeemer and Bell Tower

High white tower with a pyramidal roof is visible from anywhere in the old city of Jerusalem. This is the bell tower of the German Lutheran Church of Christ the Redeemer, built at the end of the XIX century. Once at this place was the temple of Mary Latin, built in the XI century. Its some fragments have been preserved to this day: two-storey galleries, a small chapel, a northern entrance with the images of twelve zodiac signs. In the chapel and green courtyard, surrounded by gallery, you can go from the main building of the church. The inner decoration of the temple is modest: there is no painting nor icons. Services are held here in German and Arabic. Also tourists of any religion can visit organ music concert.

10 Seats in Jerusalem, who do not know

Tickets for the 40-meter bell tower are sold within the church at the entrance itself and cost 15 shekels. Together with the ticket tourists issued avenue (there is both in Russian), telling about the history of the church of Christ the Redeemer. To climb the viewing platform, you need to overcome 178 steps of steep screw staircase. From the bell tower, the dome of the Temple of the Holy Sepulcher and the Muuristan Square, as well as all four religious quarters of the Old Town.

Austrian hospice

In the heart of the colorful Eastern city there is a piece of Europe. The Austrian Hospice was built in the 60s of the XIX century for Christian pilgrims, severely sick on the road. Later there was a residence of the Austrian ambassador, and a military hospital, and in the late 1960s of the 20th century, the hospice became a hotel. Now on its roof is equipped with an observation deck. She loves private guides, who know every corner of Jerusalem, and sophisticated independent tourists.

The cost of the room in the hotel with breakfast begins from 70 euros per night, while entering the former Austrian Hospice free. You need to call the door, and when the administrator will ask in English than can help, answer: “Hello! I’D LIKE TO VISIT AN OBSERVATION DECK”. The observation deck works from 10 to 18 hours daily. The staircase comes out of the hospice building, so you can walk along the way along the corridors and watch solid guests from Western Europe. At the entrance to the viewing area, you need to pay 5 shekels. The best completion of the excursion will be the real Austrian Schnitzel for dinner and strudel for dessert, which serves in the hotel cafe.

Ultrathodoxy Quarter Mea Shearim

In Mea Shearim, the ultravertodoxic quarter of Jerusalem, the time stopped two centuries ago: This is exactly what Jewish ghetto looked like in the cities of Western Europe in the XVIII-XIX centuries. Residents of the quarter, ultravertodoxy Jews, unquestioning all the religious traditions and carefully keep the traditions of ancestors. They fundamentally do not use the benefits of technological progress and do not recognize the state of Israel. All events in Mea Shearim Ultrautodoxes will find out from the wall newslette, which are plans for all fences and walls of houses. Buildings in the whole quarter, built 150 years ago, residents have retained in an original form: only pipes and electric pipes are bred on the wall of the houses.

Mea Shearim must be visited to everyone who is interested in cultures of different nations. It is most convenient to walk from the Yaffian gate, using the navigator – the path will take no more than 15 minutes. To avoid conflict with ultrautodoxes, you need to come in Mea Shearim in closed clothes. Women best put on a monochrome skirt, closing her knees, a sweater with sleeves on buttons and a handkerchief on the head, men – dark pants and shirt. Residents of the quarter negatively relate to jeans, T-shirts with inscriptions, bare parts of the body and the absence of a headdress. Photographing in Mea Shearim is not prohibited, but it is undesirable: “men in Black” believe that their quarter is not a museum and not a zoo. On Saturday, it is categorically impossible to travel to the ultrautodoxy quarter by car.

A park “Wohl Rose”

Contrary to the established stereotypes, the landscape of Jerusalem is not a dry desert at all. A park “Wohl Rose” – Direct evidence: here on seven hectares are growing four hundred varieties of roses from around the world! The park appeared in the 50s of the last century. At first it was used only for government events, but after ten years he was opened for a general public. In addition to roses, other flowers and flowering trees grow in the park, and in the Japanese garden, a picturesque landscape decorate an artificial lake and a waterfall. For the convenience of vacationing all over the park, stony alleys are laid and the benches are placed. This place is also interested in the fact that on its territory there are three caves of the second temple and mosaic, which is 1500 years old. In the dark, the alleys are covered with lanterns. Now “Wohl Rose” It is considered one of the most beautiful parks in the world.

Park is near the Knesset building. Roses begin to bloom in late April and flow from June-July. You can relax on the lawns and in gazebo, play chess or sports games. Admission is free, while there are always few people in the park.

coffee house “Aroma”

15 years ago, all coffee shops of the popular American network closed in Israel “Starbax”, without preparing competition with local analogue – network “Aroma”. The first coffee house of this network opened in 1994 on Guille Street, and still the most delicious Israeli breakfasts and coffee are served there. Prices in “Aroma” higher than in street snacks and networks cafe with a fixed price, but the quality of food and drinks is much higher than in “Starbakse”. Traditional Israeli Jackshuk Fried eggs served with salad bowl, bread and sauce. From drinks It is worth a trimming coffee, traditional drink Sakhlab and hot chocolate. And in the heat perfectly refreshes the milk cocktail with a taste of lychee and coconut. Separate advantage of coffee shops – free outdoor Wi-Fi.

Tourists, as a rule, do not enter “Aroma” – Even signboards are written in Hebrew. Those who do not know the language need to look for red letters “ארומה” on black or gray background. No need to scare the menu on Hebrew: next to the cash registers are small copies in English. The principle of order is the same as in “Starbakse”: The cashier writes the name of the client, then calls it on the speakerphone.

10 Seats in Jerusalem, who do not know

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