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018 On the Peak

Meeting place: the entrance to the main forum on the Mount Scopus campus of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, next to Academon bookstore (it is advisable to come on foot via Gate 1)

90-minute tours dealing with prominent people and seminal events in the history of the Hebrew University’s Mount Scopus campus, led by the tour guide, Avi Bledi. Participants will be shown a painting of the dedication ceremony made by Leopold Pilichowski, after which they will go into Nicanor’s Tomb in the Botanical Garden, where one of the most important archaeological findings from the Second Temple period was unearthed. Bledi will also tell the story of the clandestine army unit that was stationed there from 1948 to 1967 and explain why the plan to establish the national pantheon at the site was canceled. The tours will also offer participants a view of the Judean Hills from the HaMa’alot Amphitheater and end with a visit at Hecht Synagogue, which was designed by the architect, Ram Karmi.


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