Cosmopolitan Modern Jerusalem
The Old City has an ancient image to the world but it is a small part of a modern Jerusalem. This city is an international destination for millions of visitors. A lot of the people who visit Jerusalem come to see the many religious sites. Most of the sites are in the Old City. This is the part of the city that has kept the old character of Jerusalem. It has a strong attraction to sightseers and pilgrims.
The population is growing in Jerusalem was a good enough reason for expanding the city. The new part of the city is thought of as the modern Jerusalem. But both, the New and the Old City, are managed as a modern metropolis. This is the reason Jerusalem is able to cope well with the many visitors who come to this location. Some of the buildings and the stones are very ancient but their upkeep is with modern city methods.
It is hard to believe that as late as the eighteen hundreds Jerusalem was straight out of the Middle Ages. There were hundreds of dark and narrow streets flowing with sewage. It was halfway through the nineteenth century that some building began outside the walls of the city. Jerusalem was divided between Jordan and Israel. The Old City and East Jerusalem belonged to Jordan. The newer West Jerusalem belonged to Israel. This lasted from 1948 to 1967 ,until it was captured by Israel and united. Jerusalem is now a city united.
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Modern Jerusalem is made up of:
West Jerusalem (mostly Jewish)
East Jerusalem (mostly Arab)
The Old City has retained its character but has improved amenities. It is the oldest inhabited section of the city of Jerusalem. This section has been improved and it functions as a part of modern Jerusalem. Visitors can feel at ease knowing that the city as a whole is being managed according to international standards. This is especially important for a location that receives millions of foreign visitors. The Old City has been brought into the twenty first century without losing its charm.
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West Jerusalem lies to the west and south of the Old City. It can only be described as a perfect example of a modern Jerusalem. The West is made up of international hotels and efficient office buildings. Many are high rise blocks and towers. The architecture is suitably modern for this new section of the city. A very large part of West Jerusalem is made up of residential areas. Like any modern city the industrial and commercial development never stops.
This section of the city is connected to the older downtown West Jerusalem. The downtown area is only about a hundred years old. Compared to the Old City this section of Jerusalem is very new. Longer established than West Jerusalem its center is Zion Square. The square makes a good landmark for tourists. Well known streets such as
, Jaffa and King George V Avenue make a triangle. This triangular area is a favorite place for tourists,
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East Jerusalem has developed north of the Old City. This area is not as up to date as West Jerusalem. But it is near enough to the Old City to share some of its character. West Jerusalem is a good example of a bright new city environment. East Jerusalem is also a busy section. It is filled with small businesses. The commercial life of the area is fast paced due to its many tourists. Some of the most sought after hotels are in the East Jerusalem area.
In East Jerusalem there are also three well known streets forming a triangle. They are Sultan Suleiman, Saladin and Nablus Road. This is the downtown part of East Jerusalem. The area’s Hotels attracts visitors from all over the world to stay in East Jerusalem. Its guests are made up of diplomats, journalists and archeologists. The East side is part of modern Jerusalem as it keeps up with the demands of business and visitors.
Up To Date Attractions
The Israeli Parliament is called the Knesset. The Knesset means the Great Assembly. This building houses some great works of art by Marc Chagall and David Palombo. Visitors can take part in
. They can also watch parliamentary sessions from the public gallery. It is essential to carry a passport or identity document. The dress code for visitors is modest, neat and not too casual. (Jeans are not allowed) . To learm more please click here to go to the Knesset Israel official website
A tour of the Knesset gives the best explanation of modern Jerusalem and Israel.
Sun & Thurs 8.30 a.m. – 2.30 p.m.
The Israel Museum (across from the Knesset)
The Israel Museum is one of the greatest museums in the world. It is made up of four wings and large gardens. There are exhibitions of world cultures from the earliest to the modern period. Magnificent treasures and rare art pieces are on show. Visitors can see:
The Billy Rose Art Garden
The Ruth Young Wing
The World’s most complete collected works of Judaica
The Shrine of the Book (Dead Sea Scrolls)
Travelers have the opportunity to see how a world class museum is managed. Children are very welcome at the Israel Museum. There are programs designed especially to keep young visitors occupied.
Sun, Mon, Wed, Thurs 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tues 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Fri 10 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Sat 10 p.m. – 4p.m.
Israel Museum web site.
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A special recommendation: Yad Vashem Museum - The meaning of the Holocaust.
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A New Atmosphere
Modern Jerusalem is developing at a fast pace. In a very short time it has moved from being a rundown and almost forgotten site to a modern city. In summer the pedestrian malls are filled with locals and visitors. Every nationality and language is heard in the many
, pubs and sidewalk cafes. There are a lot of international cultural shows.
In Jerusalem the local cultures and people are an unfolding drama. The Israelis love life and their cosmopolitan visitors are enchanted with the atmosphere.
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