Moving Towards the Heart- Segway and foot tour

Mishkenot Sha’ananim and the Old City

A hybrid tour, beginning on motorized Segway and continuing on foot through Old City passageways.  We’ll mount our Segways on Mamilla Boulevard, to ride through the colorful lanes of Mishkenot Sha’ananim.  From there, we’ll roll on to Jaffa Gate, where the walk through the Old City begins – stepping onto Shvil Hatatzpiot, the path of vantage points, continuing on to King David’s tomb on Mt. Zion and entering the Old City through Zion Gate on the way to the Jewish Quarter.  Along the way, we’ll describe the centuries-old yearning for return to Jerusalem and the characters who have left their mark on the place over the generations.  The tour ends at Jerusalem’s beating heart – the Western Wall.

 

Mishkenot Sha’ananim

Mishkenot Sha’ananim

This is the first Jewish neighborhood established outside the Old City walls of Jerusalem in the middle of the 19th century by Baron Moshe Montefiore, and the symbol of the beginning of the “exit from inside the walls” and the settlement of the new city. The source of the neighborhood’s name (“quiet dwellings” in Hebrew) is from the verse, “And my people shall abide in a peaceable habitation, and in secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places.” (Isaiah 32:18).
Area of Jaffa Gate

Area of Jaffa Gate

King David’s Tomb

King David’s Tomb

The structure on Mt. Zion is, according to Jewish, Muslim, and Christian traditions, where King David is buried. Inside the structure is the site of a grave, above which, evidently, was an ancient synagogue. During the

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