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The Tower of David 2021
Meeting place: the main entrance to the Tower of David
Friday, October 19th, 10:00    Friday, October 19th, 11:30  
House for reservationAccessabile Tour
How can a medieval citadel whose museum covers 3,000 years of history be modernized? How can the permanent exhibition be curated in a new fashion? How can one of the most important archaeological sites in the country be renewed while at the same time preserving its identity? Hour-long sessions with Eilat Lieber, the director and chief curator of the Tower of David Museum, and Yotam Cohen-Sagi from Kimmel Eshkolot Architects, who is the lead architect of the museum renewal project. They will describe the project, which is the largest ever undertaken in the history of the Tower of David Museum and entails refurbishing the museum and renewing the permanent exhibition. The works are scheduled to begin in 2019 and will last for about two years.
Advance reservations required; each of the 2 tours is limited to 50 participants.
Christ Church Guesthouse
Next to Jaffa Gate, across from the Tower of David
Thursday, October 18th, 10;00-16:00 Friday, October 19th, 10:00-16:00   Saturday, October 20th, 10:00-16:00  
Architect: James Wood Johns, 1849
Guided tours of the oldest Protestant church in the Middle East, which contains Jewish motifs and is concealed within a guesthouse compound. Expert stonecutters from Malta were commissioned to build the church, whose techniques were used by future generations of stonecutters in Jerusalem. The tours will also include the small on-site museum, where original models designed by Conrad Schick are on display, as well as the library. Guided tours in Hebrew and English will start every 30 minutes until 16:00.
Open house and open tours. Reservations not required.
The Isaac Kaplan Old Yishuv Court Museum
6 Or HaChaim St., Jewish Quarter, the Old City
Friday, October 19th, 10:00-13:00  
Inaccessabile Tour
The museum is located in a 500-year-old building in the Jewish Quarter and is one of two ancient courtyard homes that are still intact in the Jewish Quarter. The museum documents how people lived in the Old Yishuv in Jerusalem prior to the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948. An exhibition currently on display at the museum, called Blues for the Men in Blue, focuses on the Jewish policemen who served in the British Mandate police force in the Jewish Quarter between 1918 and 1948. The permanent exhibition features tools, clothing and various artifacts associated with the occupations that the Quarter`s residents were engaged in at the end of the 19th century.
Open tours for the first 30 people in line. Reservations not required.
The Eyal Family Residence in the Jewish Quarter
21 Misgav Ladach St., Jewish Quarter
Thursday, October 18th, 9:30-12:30  
Architects: Moshe Safdie and Selma Rachmimov; Designer: Nurit Branitzky, the 1970`s
A session with Prof. Zvi Eyal at his home in the Jewish Quarter. It was built on the remaining sections of an old two-story house dating back 400 years to the Ottoman period, restored by the Eyal family after the Six Day War. The remodeled home, with its view of the Western Wall and the Mount of Olives, is built around a well-tended patio that is connected by a bridge to the bedrooms on the second floor and to the rooftop balcony.
Open house. Reservations not required.
St. James Cathedral
Armenian Patriarchate St., Armenian Quarter, Old City
Thursday, October 18th, 15:00-15:30; Friday, October 19th, 15:00-15:30;    Saturday, October 20th, 8:00-8:30, 10:00-10:30 and 15:00-15:30  
Accessabile Tour
One of the most imposing churches in the country, it was built in the 12th century on the ruins of a Byzantine structure dating back to the 6th century. It was renovated at the beginning of the 18th century by the Armenian Patriarch Gregory, who also built the walls around the Armenian Quarter. The cathedral is shaped like a cross, in the middle of which there is a dome built on four columns that symbolize the four evangelists who wrote the Gospel in the New Testament (Matthew, John, Luke and Mark). The dome also provides the only source of light in the entire space. The cathedral has ornate wooden doors and the walls are decorated with paintings of believers and saints – including Saint Jacob (St. James) whom the cathedral is named after, who was one of Jesus`s 12 Apostles and was executed in 44 AD. According to tradition, his decapitated head is buried in the northern wall of the chapel. Armenian patriarchs and monks are buried in the cathedral`s front courtyard.
Sessions with Father Koryan from the Armenian Patriarchate will be held on Thursday at 15:30 and on Saturday at 10:30, during which he will talk about the Armenian Church in Jerusalem.
Open house and open tours. Reservations not required.
The Western Cardo
Meeting place: the square on HaYehudim St., across from Chabad Center
Friday, October 19th, 11:00  
House for reservationAccessabile Tour
Architects: Peter Bogod and Esther Niv-Krendel, together with Shlomo Aronson, 1982
An urban planning project (and winner of an architecture competition for restoring the Jewish Quarter held in 1971) that uncovered the main thoroughfare in Jerusalem during the Roman-Byzantine period, which had been buried for centuries and thanks to the project was integrated into the modern-day urban fabric. This ancient street is depicted in the Madaba Mosaic Map found in Jordan, which served as an inspiration for its design. During the tour, Bogod will talk about the project`s evolution and execution that lasted 12 years: the use made of an ancient mosaic as a basis for the design, the excavation works and unearthing the ancient cardo, and the architectural choices that were made in order to harmoniously blend contemporary uses (homes and shops) with archaeological findings that are on display in the public space.
Open tour. Reservations not required.
Looking Ahead to the 21st Century
Meeting place: Jaffa Gate
Thursday, October 18th, 16:00  
House for reservationAccessabile Tour
Challenging initiatives have been undertaken in the Old City in recent years in order to upgrade it and make it more accessible. This tour will be led by Ami Metav, who used to be in charge of the Old City and Temple Mount on behalf of the Ministry of Defense and is now coordinating projects there with local residents, shopkeepers and churches. He will talk about the different projects that have been carried out in order to adapt the built space in the Old City to the 21st century and create a uniform street language, while at the same preserving the singularity of the Old City for the generations to come. In addition, he will touch on the complexities inherent in making those projects operational. The three-hour tour will also pass through the Christian and Muslim quarters.
Open tour for the first 25 people in line. Reservations not required.
Santa`s House
2 Saint Peter St., Old City
Saturday, October 20th, 12:00-16:00  
Fit for childrenAccessabile Tour
A glimpse of Santa Claus`s house in Jerusalem, which was first opened to the public about a year ago. It is situated in a stone structure that dates back to the 14th century and is typical of Old City architecture. The building, with its vaulted ceilings and stone arches, has for 700 years been home to the Kassissieh family. Issa Kassissieh, one of the family members, is known as the Jerusalem Santa.
Open house. Reservations not required.
Jerusalem`s Hotels in the 19th Century
Meeting place: Jaffa Gate
Friday, October 19th, 12:00  
Where did Emperor Wilhelm II stay during his visit in the Holy Land? Which hotel did Moses Montefiore choose to sleep in? A tour of 19th century guesthouses, pilgrim hostels and upscale hotels in the Old City. The two-hour tour, led by Reut Odem, will include the old Amdursky Hotel in the Christian Quarter, the Lutheran Hostel, Petra Hotel and others.
Open tour. Reservations not required.
Beneath Jaffa Gate
Meeting place: Jaffa Gate
Saturday, October 20th, 13:30 and 16:30  
House for reservationInaccessabile Tour
Planner: the artist Ran Morin; a project initiated by the Jerusalem Municipality, Jerusalem Development Authority and Israel Antiquities Authority
Two sessions with the artist, Ran Morin, and a brief look at the archaeological garden project which he designed beneath Jaffa Gate, whose initial stage was recently completed. Morin will describe how the site was uncovered during archaeological excavations conducted by the Israel Antiquities Authority between 1989 and 1995, which were carried out in preparation for building the Mamilla project. He will also talk about the impressive findings that were unearthed at the site, including a section of an ancient aqueduct that was in use until the 20th century, a bathhouse, commercial streets from the Byzantine period, and a portion of the Old City wall that was built during the Ayyubid Period (13th century), which preceded the existing Ottoman wall. Following its discovery, the site was neglected and was buried beneath parking garages and modern-day thoroughfares. Morin`s project aims to preserve the archaeological findings, make them accessible to the public, and incorporate the site part in the Mamilla and Jaffa Gate complex at the entrance to the Old City, where it will be a historical exhibition.
2 open tours for the first 25 people in line. Reservations not required.
Window to Mount Zion
Meeting place: Mount Zion
Friday, October 19th ,9:00  
Mount Zion has known inter-religious conflict for centuries. Each culture left behind religious traditions, human stories and unique architectural legacies. Nowadays, Jews, Christians and Muslims all live on Mount Zion and Jewish, Christian and Muslim organizations and institutions are located and operate there. In recent years, the relations between them have been steadily improving. The two-hour tour, led by the Window to Mount Zion project of the Jerusalem Intercultural Center, will offer a contemporary and optimistic look at what is happening on Mount Zion today. It will include the Dormition Abbey, the Dajani family burial plot, David`s Tomb, the Greek Garden, the Jerusalem Intercultural Center, and more.
Open tour. Reservations not required.
The Franciscan Ad Cenaculum Monastery
Mount Zion (next to King David`s Tomb)
Friday, October 19th, 15:00-18:00  
Inaccessabile Tour
The monastery was built in the 1930s on land formerly occupied by the old Franciscan Order, which they were expelled from in the 16th century. The small church in the compound, which is decorated with colorful windows and modern sculptures, faces the Room of the Last Supper. The intimate garden was recently renovated and offers a peaceful and green break from the hustle and bustle of Mount Zion. There is also a small modern chapel with stained glass windows at the bottom of the garden.
Open house and open tours. Reservations not required.
The Poor Folk`s Cemetery
Meeting place: Zion Gate (outside the Old City walls)
Thursday, October 18th, 10:00 and 12:00;   Friday, October 19th, 9:00 and 11:00  
House for reservation
Tours of the neglected Samboski Jewish cemetery, which is located at the foot of the King David`s Tomb and is where Jerusalem`s poor were buried for over 200 years. The tours will trace and tell the stories of the people who were laid to rest there, who are now anonymous because their names no longer appear on the gravestones. The cemetery also used to be the site of splendid processions that were held when old Torah scrolls were buried. The 75-minute tours will end at Zion Gate.
4 open tours for the first 35 people in line. Reservations not required.

Custody of the Holy Land (Custodia di Terra Santa)
Meeting place: New Gate, the Old City
Saturday, October 20th, 10:30  
House for reservationInaccessabile Tour
Two simultaneous guided tours of this Old City compound that belongs to the Franciscan order of the Catholic Church. It consists of a monastery which has been active since the 16th century, as well as a church built in the Spanish baroque style in 1880, decorated with frescos and stained glass windows. The tours will also pass through the office area that illustrates how a 15th century building can change organically to meet the needs of its current occupants. In addition, visitors will be shown the clinic courtyard, the rooms that housed the former Franciscan pharmacy, and the small concealed door through which patients were brought inside.
In honor of the 800th anniversary of Franciscan presence in the Holy Land, the Upper Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi will be open for visits, which boasts of frescoes painted by Giotto.
Advance reservations required; each of the 2 tours is limited to 30 participants.
Rockefeller Library
27 Sultan Suleiman St.
Thursday, October 18th, 16:30    Thursday, October 18th, 17:15  
House for reservationAccessabile Tour
Visits at the library of the Israel Antiquities Authority, which is located in the Rockefeller Museum and is the most important archaeology library in the Middle East. The library, which opened at the beginning of the British Mandate period, boasts of an old and extensive collection of publications dealing with archaeology in the Land of Israel and its neighbors. The collection includes rare books from the 16th and 17th centuries, some of which were written by European pilgrims and contain impressions from their travels in the Holy Land. Others were written by explorers and members of military expeditions who came to the region. The library`s storerooms and some of its treasures will be showcased during these extraordinary 30-minute tours.
Advance reservations required; each of the two tours is limited to 15 participants.
Ecole Biblique and the Dominican Priory
6 Nablus Road
Saturday, October 20th, 15:00    Saturday, October 20th, 16:00   
House for reservation
Architect: Boutaub (France), 1898-1901
Come and discover one of the most charming spots in East Jerusalem, which was dedicated in 1900 and houses the St. Etienne (Stephen) Priory of the Dominican Order as well as a French academic institute that specializes in Biblical and archaeological studies. Both buildings are situated in a spacious garden that extends across an area of roughly 6 acres and features an impressive collection of archaeological relics and Jewish graves dating back to the First Temple period. The tours, led by the institute`s staff, will include the church that was built on Byzantine ruins.
Advance reservations required; each of the 2 tours is limited to 30 participants.
The Garden Tomb
Conrad Schick Lane that is accessed via Nablus Rd.
Thursday, October 18th, 8:00-20:00 (the last tour is at 19:00)   Saturday, October 20thh, 8:00-20:00   (the last tour is at 19:00; a musical ensemble will perform starting at 20:00).    Guided tours in Hebrew and English will be conducted every hour on the hour.    On Saturday night October 20th, from 20:00 to 21:30,    the Miqedem ensemble will play music in the garden. Entrance is free of charge.   
Guided tours of a well-tended garden at a holy site sacred to Protestants and Evangelists, who believe it once belonged to Joseph of Arimathea and is where Jesus was buried after his crucifixion (and not in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre as Catholics and members of the Orthodox churches hold to be true). Managed and maintained by a British charitable trust named the Garden Tomb Association, the site contains a number of lush alcoves that are used for prayer and to conduct Christian rites within the open garden atmosphere. The garden also features a huge rainwater cistern dating back to the Crusader period, an ancient wine press, and a dual-chamber burial cave. The 30-minute tours will talk about the history of the site and its significance to the pilgrims who come there.
Open garden and open tours. Reservations not required.
American Colony Hotel
1 Louis Vincent St. (near Nablus Road)
Friday, October 19th, 10:00   Friday, October 19th, 11:00   Friday, October 19th, 12:00  
House for reservationAccessabile Tour
Original architect: unknown, the end of the 19th century
Compound architects: Michael Schwartz & Associates, 1992-2018
A brief tour inside a compound that was originally the palace of Pasha Rabah Effendi El Husseini, a member of Jerusalem`s Arab aristocracy, and the heart of the American Colony in Jerusalem. Today, it is a hotel with a distinct international flair, surrounded by lush gardens. The tour includes both the new and old sections of the hotel.
Advance reservations required; each of the 3 tours is limited to 20 participants.
Archive of the American Colony Collections
Meeting place: Palm House Garden, American Colony Hotel, 1 Louis Vincent St.
Friday, October 19th, 10:00   Friday, October 19th, 11:00   Friday, October 19th, 12:00  
House for reservationAccessabile Tour
A visit at an archive that contains photographs, documents, newspaper clippings and fine arts from the 19th century and beginning of the 20th century. They chronicle major periods, key events and daily life in the Levant as perceived by the members of a Messianic Christian collective from Chicago who settled in Jerusalem in 1881 and founded the American Colony. They came to Jerusalem seeking spiritual redemption and eventually became a multinational community consisting of 150 members, most of them Swedes and Americans. They were deeply involved in the life of the city and its culture in a period characterized by significant historical changes. The archive was started by the board of directors of the American Colony Hotel, all of whom are descendants of the founding communities. The 45-minute sessions, which include a look at some of the collections, will be led by Rachel Lev, who reorganized the historical collections and has accompanied the archive since it opened in 2014.
Advance reservations required; each of the 3 sessions is limited to 12 participants.
The Jerusalem Center for Near East Studies
Hadassah Lampel St., Mount of Olives
Thursday, October 18th, 10:00, 10:30, 11:00, 14:00, 14:30, 15:00 and 15:30.   Guided tours will leave from the entrance to the building every 30 minutes   Friday, October 19th, 10:00, 10:30, 11:00, 14:00, 14:30, 15:00 and 15:30.   Guided tours will leave from the entrance to the building every 30 minutes.  
Accessabile Tour
Architect: David Reznik, in collaboration the architect Franklin Fergusson, 1988
One of the most beautiful and imposing buildings erected in Israel since the 1980`s, which offers a panoramic view of the Old City from most of its spaces and is surrounded by a garden featuring plants mentioned in the Bible. The tours will include a short film, an explanation about the building, a taste of organ music, and a walk around the gardens. An opportunity to experience exciting architecture first hand. The tours, conducted in English, will be limited to the first 50 people in line. The film is in English, Hebrew, Arabic and Russian.
14 open tours. Reservations not required.
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