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.