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Chain of Generations Center
A new permanent exhibit called 'The Chain of Generations Center' has recently been opened near the Western Wall. Visitors will enjoy a moving experience that relates the fascinating story of the Jewish people throughout the generations. This story takes us through 3,500 years- from exile to statehood, from destruction to rebuilding, and from crisis to hope.
Guests to the center will find an unusual and enchanting fusion of many creative elements: music, sculpture, archeology and light effects that together create a masterpiece to delight all the senses. The visitor is more than a spectator; he becomes an active participant who delves deeply into the history of the Jewish nation.
Tours are given in Hebrew and English. The tour takes approximately half an hour. The tour is wheelchair accessible. Tel: 02-6271333
David's Tomb
Jewish tradition tells us that this cave is the Tomb of King David.
Archeologists dispute this belief, yet many believers still come here every day.
Hours: Summer: Between Passover to Succot - Sunday to Thursday 8 am- 6 pm, Friday until 2 pm; Winter: After Succot – Sun. to Thurs. 8 am-5 pm Friday until 1 pm.
Davidson Center
The Davidson Exhibition and Virtual Reconstruction Center is located in the Jerusalem Archaeological Park. It is an archaeological tourist site exhibiting the history of the Temple Mount. It combines an exhibition of archaeological content through various means: computerized mediums, artifacts exhibitions, and an illustrated and visual exhibition. The visitor will be able to learn about 2,000 years of Jerusalem through the display of archaeological discoveries.
Hours: Sun. – Thurs. 8am – 5pm. Fridays and Holydays Eve – 8am-2pm.
Gihon Spring and the Siloam Pool
A pool that was used as an important water source for biblical Jerusalem. The pool is fed by the water of the Gihon Spring that was considered to have therapeutic qualities and was used in the Temple for ritualistic purposes.
The tunnel is 533 meters long. It was hewn from two opposite directions working towards eachother, and upon completion, when the two working groups met, the Silwan Inscription was inscribed - it was discovered in 1880 and is currently in the Istanbul Museum.
A trip through the tunnel is about 30 minutes long. The water level is between 50 cm. and one meter high. The spring is a caustic spring which is why there are changing water levels. That is also the origin of its name - the water came out (Gahim) only around 5 times a day for 30 minutes. A flashlight and a change of clothes are recommended.
Hours: Sun. – Thurs. 9am-5pm, Friday until 3pm
House of Shmuel Yosef (S.Y) Agnon
In the Talpiot neighborhood, Nobel prize winner Sh. Y. Agnon once lived. The house now has a permanent exhibition and cultural activities.
Hours: Sun. – Thurs. 9am-1pm, Saturday 10am – 1pm
Independence Park
Located between Agron, King George and Hillel Streets, the park provides a pleasant short cut on walks to and from town.
Its green lawns and benches by fountains provide a resting stop for picnics, soaking up the sun and taking a breather between sites.
Jerusalem Botanical Gardens
The Gardens are home to a unique plant collection from around the globe. Its aim is to enrich the quality of life for the local community and tourists through education, conservation and recreation.
Throughout the changing seasons, you can experience the wonderful diversity of the plant world and retreat from the city to enjoy the colors, scents and sounds of nature, and visit the tropical conservatory.
Hours: all week 7am-sunset (Tickets for Saturday can be obtained at Delek gas station, Nayot). The Tropical Conservatory opening hours: Sun. – Thurs. 10am-3pm. Friday, Holidays eves, Saturday and Holidays: 10am-2pm
Kennedy Memorial - Yad Kennedy
The 60-foot-high memorial is in the shape of a cut tree trunk, symbolizing a life cut short. Inside is a bust of John F. Kennedy, the President of the United States who was assassinated in 1963, in whose memory it was built in 1966 with funds donated by Jewish communities in the USA.
Designed by the Israeli sculptor Dov Feigon, the circular hall is divided into sections for each of the states of USA and the official emblem of a different state appears on the window on each section.
Midrechov-Ben Yehuda St.
Ben Yehuda is in the lively heart of Jerusalem. In this pedestrian mall, one can find all kinds of entertainment, 24 hours a day, six days a week. Coffee shops and a variety of excellent restaurants, boutiques, internet cafes and more. A short walk from the Old City or Mahane Yehuda will take you there.
Model of Jerusalem in the time of the Second Temple
A scaled reconstruction (1:50) of Jerusalem and the Temple at 66 CE, before the great rebellion and destruction.
Hours: Daily 8am – 10pm.
Russian Compound and the Museum of the Resistance Prisoners
A large compound built by the Russian church in 1860 which includes a church, a monastery and an inn for the many Russian pilgrims that used to visit Jerusalem up until the First World War. Today, the Jerusalem Police Headquarters, the Court of Peace, and the Museum of the Resistance Prisoners are there. The museum lies in the women's inn building of the compound.
Address: 32 Yafo St. Hours: Sun.-Thurs. 9am-5pm.
*Info courtesy of Jerusalem Municipality.

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