Liberty Bell Park
The name “Gan Hapa’amon” means “bell park,” and ensconced at its center is the reason for the curious name: a painstaking reproduction of the Liberty Bell, that cracked yet enduring symbol of the American Revolution.
Festivals, performance art and sports events are often hosted at the park, making Liberty Bell Park a center of Jerusalem culture to complement the neighboring German Colony.
The Khan Theatre
The Jerusalem Khan, a Jerusalem Stone, Ottoman-era caravansary where pilgrims and traders would stop if they failed to reach the walls of the Old City by nightfall, has taken on a somewhat more glamorous second life in the modern era. Located in the center of one of Jerusalem’s flourishing nightlife districts, the Khan houses a restaurant (ZaZa) and the aptly-named Khan Theater – the only repertory theater in Jerusalem. It is one of the most highly regarded theaters in Israel’s very active theater scene.
The construction of the new Mamilla has had its ups and downs over the past 40 years, but in 2007, the highly anticipated Alrov Mamilla Avenue finally opened, bringing an unprecedented level of luxury retail to Jerusalem. Designed by the world-renowned Israeli architect Moshe Safdie to incorporate many of the existing historical structures, the avenue, paved with Jerusalem stone, provides visitors with ancient landscapes and spectacular views of the Old City.
Of the eight gates and wickets currently open in the Old City walls, Jaffa Gate was always one of the most important portals, along with Damascus Gate.
It marked the beginning of the routes to Jaffa and to Hebron, and therefore the Arabs also call it Hebron Gate (Bab al-Khalil. Al-Khalil, ”the friend”, is the appellation in Arabic for Abraham, the ”friend of God”, whose city was Hebron).
In the past the gate was also known as Bethlehem Gate, and in the Crusader period as David’s Gate because of its proximity to the Tower of David.
The Israel Museum
Founded in 1965, the Israel Museum is the country’s largest cultural institution, comprising many different wings and a huge collection of art, archaeological findings and Judaica. And the major face-lift it recently underwent only makes it even more of a must-see. The Museum reopened in the summer of 2010 after long months of work, featuring many new galleries and public spaces as well as a completely revamped design to many of its wings.
The Western Wall
The Western Wall, also known as the Wailing Wall and the Kotel, is the western retaining wall of the Temple Mount, where the first and second temples once stood.
Every year, the Western Wall draws millions from all over the world. Some come to pray; others remain silent, laying their weary brows against the worn, warm stones.
Still others write their innermost wants on small pieces of paper and insert them in the cracks.
The Museum for Islamic Art
The L. A. Mayer Museum for Islamic Art offers visitors the unique opportunity to come face to face with the world of Islamic art, as well as with one of the premier collections of time pieces in the world – the Sir David Salomons Collection. The Museum was built in 1975 with a donation from Mrs. Salomons and has since hosted thousands of visitors from all over the world. There are a number of exciting permanent exhibitions as well as an annual temporary exhibition that changes each year.
Machane Yehuda Market
Often referred to as “the shuk” – its Hebrew moniker – the Mahane Yehuda Market has come to be just as emblematic of Jerusalem and its unique character as the Temple Mount and some of the city’s other historic sites.
The shuk offers a huge assortment of products, and derives its color as much from the motley vendors and shoppers as from the bright displays of produce. Customers come from all over Jerusalem, and beyond, representing a broad swath of Israeli society; Ashkenazi, Sephardic, religious, secular, rich, and poor – all are represented in the press of people navigating the narrow alleys of the Market throughout the day.
Jerusalem Botanical Gardens
On the southern edge of the Hebrew University’s Givat Ram campus lie the Jerusalem Botanical Gardens, a vast expanse of greenery compiling plant life from all over the world.
The gardens are perfect for a leisurely stroll among flowers, trees, bushes – even carnivorous plants – including strange and unusual vegetation and a huge Japanese section that contains the world’s largest collection of bonsai trees.
Contact details of local Tourist Authority
The following websites from various official and semiofficial sources are a useful resource for information on Israel and Jerusalem.
The congress organizers are not responsible for information on these sites nor do we endorse any of the sites. The information is supplied “as is”.
Government Tourist office website: http://www.thinkisrael.com
Website of Jerusalem Municipality: http://www.itraveljerusalem.com