Route 99 – Tour around JerusalemWe recommended discovering Jerusalem and its historical and tourist sites via Egged’s Route 99 Tour Bus, which operates in cooperation with City Tour. With Jerusalem City Tour, you can enjoy a relaxing and enjoyable ride which passes by all of Jerusalem’s spectacular historic and tourist sites, allowing its passengers to get on and off the bus at any one of the 28 stations along the route during all hours of operation. The bus is equipped with a sound system (including personal headphones), which enables passengers to listen to explanations about the various sites in eight different languages – English, French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, German, Hebrew, and Arabic.
Visit the Egged website for the bus’s route, operating hours, and fares:
Parliament House (The Knesset)The cornerstone of the Knesset building in Givat Ram, next to the Government Complex, was laid on 14th October 1958 in the presence of Yitzhak Ben Zvi, the President of Israel, and Baroness Rothschild, the widow of the Baron who had donated towards its construction. The Knesset was officially opened on 30th August, 1966. In the Knesset grounds, one can see the Palombo Gate, the ceremonial area, and the menorah of the Knesset.The building contains the general assembly, meeting rooms, the Chagall lounge for receptions, a library, archives, offices, and an auditorium. According to the law, the area of the Knesset enjoys immunity in order to prevent governmental interference, and to ensure the separation of governmental authorities.
The German ColonyBuilt by Germans who were members of the Templar movement at the end of the 19th century. The buildings are in the pattern of a typical German village, but use local materials (Jerusalem stone). The new buildings in the colony are also built in a style that suits its traditional spirit: low buildings, tiled roofs, arched windows, an emphasis on yards and gardening, and so on. In this way, its unique character is maintained, like a Central European village in the heart of Jerusalem, in which local elements are featured. In the last decade, many coffee houses, restaurants, bars, and boutiques have been opened in the Colony, giving it a new and young character. Many also used to call the Colony the "Sheinkin of Jerusalem".
The Supreme Courtthe Government Complex – This is the institution that stands at the top of the judging authority hierarchy, and is the highest court of the State of Israel. The Supreme Court was one of the first institutions to be established in Jerusalem. For many years, it was located in the Russian Complex, a church and house for pilgrims in the center of the city, until it moved at the beginning of the 1990s to its current residence in the Government Complex, which was built through the generous donation of the Baroness Rothschild.
The new building was completed and opened in 1992. The five courtrooms, which vary in size according to needs, are characterized with the same design and much use of natural sunlight. The building also includes the judges' chambers, the arches yard, the library, and a panoramic window looking out over the city.
Website of the Israeli judging authority: http://elyon1.court.gov.il/eng/home/index.html
Teddy StadiumDavid Ayalon St. – Teddy Stadium is a football (soccer) stadium located in Malcha neighborhood in Jerusalem, and is named after former mayor of Jerusalem, Teddy Kollek. Teddy Stadium was established in 1992, and today serves as the home ground of Beitar Jerusalem and Hapoel Jerusalem football clubs. The stadium contains approximately 21,000 seats, and is the second biggest stadium in Israel after Ramat Gan Stadium. The stadium is considered to be one of the most advanced and well-maintained in Israel.
The Chagall Stained-Glass Windows at the Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center, JerusalemThe Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center was opened in 1961, after the Hadassah Mount Scopus hospital remained within a demilitarized exclave in Jordanian territory following the 1948 War of Independence. The synagogue at Hadassah Ein Kerem was inaugurated a year later. The synagogue’s windows, which are 2.5 meters tall, were created by the renowned Jewish artist Marc Chagall. For two years Chagall and his assistants worked tirelessly in a French workshop to create the colorful windows, using an innovative method and materials. The windows depict the blessing given by the patriarch Jacob to the 12 tribes of Israel as described in the Book of Genesis.
During the Six Day War, the Ein Kerem hospital buildings, including the Chagall Windows, were damaged by Jordanian shelling. The artist was enlisted to restore his creation, and, at the end of 1968, the windows once again adorned the synagogue. Tours take place on the premises Monday-Thursday, 8:00am-1:15pm, and 2:00pm-3:30pm.
How do you find the windows? At the medical center’s main entrance, turn toward the clinics instead of the emergency room. Once you are there, go to the elevators behind the information desk. Go down one floor, and look for the Tenenbaum Tourist Center. Once you’re there, look for the receptionist, pay her (NIS 10), and she will explain that you need to turn left and head towards a light brown door which is the entrance to the synagogue.
The Chagall Windows at the Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center website: http://www.md.huji.ac.il/chagall/chagall.html
The city of david, Welcome to the place where it all began…
The story of the City of David began over 3,000 years ago, when King David left the city of Hebron for a small hilltop city known as Jerusalem, establishing it as the unified capital of the tribes of Israel. Years later, David's son, King Solomon, built the First Temple next to the City of David on top of Mount Moriah, the site of the binding of Isaac, and with it, this hilltop became one of the most important sites in the world.
Today, the story of the City of David continues. Deep underground, the City of David is revealing some of the most exciting archeological finds of the ancient world. While above ground, the city is a vibrant center of activity with a visitor's center that welcomes visitors for an exciting tour to the site where much of the Bible was written.
The tour of the City of David begins with a breathtaking observation point overlooking Biblical Jerusalem which sends visitors 3,800 years back in time to the days of Abraham, when the first foundations of the city were laid. The journey quickly heads underground to some of the newest archaeological excavations at the site. Here, while exploring the recently excavated fortresses and passageways, visitors relive King David's conquest of the Jebusite city as described in the 2nd Book of Samuel. The underground tour finally ends at the Gihon Spring, the major water source of Jerusalem for over 1,000 years and where, according to the Book of Kings, Solomon was anointed king. Visitors seeking adventure can bring flashlights and wade through the spring in King Hezekiah's 2,700 year old water tunnel, one of the wonders of early engineering.