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Streets of Jerusalem Old City 4


Another Old City street. The Cardo was an exceptionally wide colonnaded street running through the heart (or cardo) of the city on a north-south axis, connecting many of Byzantine Jerusalem's major institutions. The Cardo was originally paved in the 2nd century when Hadrian rebuilt Jerusalem as a Roman polis called Aelia Capitolina. The Cardo was extended south to the area of today's Jewish Quarter in the 6th century by the Byzantine Emperor Justinian. A section of Cardo has been reactivated as a shopping street, full of arts and various special goods. Today the Byzantine street is about 6 meters below the present general street level, indicating the level of accumulation in the last 1400 years. This street continues north to Damascus Gate; as it leaves the Jewish Quarter it becomes the division between the Christian and Muslim Quarters.  As in ancient times, this street is still the main one in the Old City, but today it is much narrower than it once was.


If you continue down this street in the direction I took the picture, you would end up at the Damascus Gate where I took the picture of Friday's post. The character changes radicaly. From this broad gallery-like street, to that hustle I showed in Fridays posting.



comments (13)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 25 May 2016, 04:28
Louis: I agree with that, Ray
  • Martine
  • France
  • 25 May 2016, 05:19
Oh, que c'est beau ! Magnifique lumière.
Louis: Il a l'apparence d'une rue commerçante chic, je suis d'accord Martine.
What a superb place Louis!
Louis: After walking the other streets, this was a surprise.
Well this is just wonderful! I love the rich tones of your image!
Louis: Thank you Elizabeth. The little bridge camera sometimes surprises me.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 25 May 2016, 06:34
Fascinating Louis, a place full of past
ghosts I'll wager
Louis: The reactivation in this part, may have persuaded the ghosts to find other haunts, since I have met none smile
It's hard to believe this is a street at all, Louis! It blows the mind....
Louis: Exactly, Ginnie. Jerusalem holds a lot of surprises.
This is a fine street Louis but surely the stone floor has been relaid at some time, it looks so good.
Louis: Excavated around 1960 and reactivated some time later, one shouldn't come to the conclusion that this is what it looked like, way back in Roman/Byzantine times. The shops are modern, so I gather that along with that, they had to provide services and in the process, the road surface will have been re-done. Having said that, the limestone tiles look the same as on any other road in and around the Old City, in Nazareth and some other places. On the normal street level, there is a period museum, showing what the Cardo may have looked like in Roman times.
I love the golden hue of the whole place.
Louis: Thanks to the limestone used in the building process.
I think I prefer this part of the street to the other one, there is so much to see.
Louis: Prices are also somewhat steeper, but the goods are totally different.
It's got quite a gleam to it!
Louis: Lots of light on limestone.
Looks like this is the upmarket area Louis.
Louis: Very much so Bill.
A smashing shot, Louis, great lighting.
Louis: Thank you Frank.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 26 May 2016, 04:58
This is a likey to me... that golden glow, the light, everything about it. Fabulous, Louis.
Louis: Thank you Astrid, I am obliged.

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