Tag Archives: Old City

“Jerusalem Is Not Disneyland”– Despite serious objections, cable car crisscrossing Historic Basin forges ahead

Jerusalem cable car project passes over objections from many quarters Political interests drive tourism plan that would blight historic city’s skyline and bypass Palestinians by JONATHAN COOK /  13 May 2019 A proposed cable car project through occupied East Jerusalem … Continue reading

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*UPDATED* Restoration Work Begins on the Edicule of the Holy Sepulchre

This post mostly reflects my own curiosity about the restoration work just getting underway at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem’s Old City. The specific focus is the edicule, the built structure which stands at the center of … Continue reading

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Down in the Patriarch’s Pool

A Little Night Music in Old Jerusalem I am not much given to hyperbole and superlatives, but it occurs to me that a recent event conducted in the Old City represents an absolute first in Jerusalem history: a concert — or … Continue reading

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An Exodus from Egypt: IAA nabs ancient coffin lids in Jerusalem antiquities shops

Here’s a new twist — or is it? Looted antiquities being smuggled into Israel in order to acquire legitimacy, so they can then be resold to collectors in the context of Israel’s “legal”, licensed antiquities trade. In this case it was two ancient and highly … Continue reading

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The Excavations Beneath Jerusalem’s Redeemer Lutheran Church — PHOTOS

This post looks both back and forward: back to a visit I made to the site in August 2011 and forward to the anticipated opening to visitors of excavated areas under the church, plus a museum area, in the fall of … Continue reading

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Old City Odds ‘n Ends 2011-2012 — PHOTOS & UPDATES

In this installment, a mixed bag of assorted curiosities: the odd hole in the ground and other things noticed in passing, out and about around the Old City. No headline stuff here, but hopefully a few things of interest… * * … Continue reading

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Amid controversy, restoration is completed on Old City’s Damascus Gate

The following article appeared in this morning’s Haaretz (print edition) about the completion of restoration work on the Damascus Gate, as part of an ongoing, long-term preservation project on all the Old City’s walls and gates. The complete article (including the … Continue reading

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