Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Israel Day 2: The Hurva Synagogue

After visiting the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, we went through the Armenian Quarter and then to the Jewish Quarter and visited the Hurva Synagogue.

First built in the 1700s it was first destroyed by Muslims in 1721 and then rebuilt in 1864.

The Hurva Synagogue was then completely demolished by the Jordanians after they occupied the Old City in 1948, and they then placed mines in the ruins.

In 1967 after Israel recaptured the Old City, the Synagogue was then rebuilt in its original style, and is used as a place of worship today.

The ceiling has paintings of biblical locations on it such as Rachel's Tomb and King David's Tower.

A model inside shows the building as it is now restored:

Heading up to the top level, we headed to the overlook around the base of the dome of the synagogue.

The views were spectacular:

After visiting the Hurva Synagogue, we exited the Old City through the Zion Gate.

That was the end of a very packed Day 2 in Israel.

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