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Ophel Archaeological Garden (Yitzhak Ben Youssef Levy Garden)

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Address: Dung Gate, Jerusalem, Israel
Phone Number: +972 2-625-4403
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Sun - Thu 08:00 - 19:00
Fri 08:00 - 14:00
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This complex of archaeological excavations features the administrative...

This complex of archaeological excavations features the administrative complex erected on the Ophel Hill in the First Temple period, structures dating back to the days of King Solomon, Jewish ritual baths and sections of “Robinson’s Arch” from the Second Temple period.

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A Step Back in Time

I had visited the Teaching Steps in 1999, and there is now so much more to see. From the fallen cornerstone of the temple to the kiosks of the moneychangers, there is so much... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 July 2016
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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2016 via mobile

I had visited the Teaching Steps in 1999, and there is now so much more to see. From the fallen cornerstone of the temple to the kiosks of the moneychangers, there is so much history to experience.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2016

what a place you can still feel the terrible events who took place there....but also you walk and climb the stairs the children of israel used to enter the temple...the gates are still visible between the stones of the south ...wall..underneath we can see the city of david...this garden is in fact in the center of first jerusalem between the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2015

It is great to see streets and shops from the first century and walk on stones that Jesus would have walked on. In a city that has been rebuilt so many times this is a great place to get past so many purely symbolic sites back to authentic historical places.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2015

This is an absolutely amazing attraction, where Jerusalem's remarkable history is laid bare. It ought to be one of the city's star attractions, crawling with tourists -- yet you are likely to have it more or less to yourself (give or take a bar mitzvah party or two). The amount of history literally piled up in this place is incredible,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2015 via mobile

The Ophel Archaeological Park is a must see for all who appreciate history. Since we didn't have a guide we appreciated the brochure we received with our tickets. Price is reasonable. We visited the 14 points of interest, but then from the Hulda Gate we went away from the gate and discovered first temple period baths, clay jars and walls.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2015

Located on the southern side of the Western Wall, this area offers insight into the history of the Temple Mount. Here one finds columns, walls, streets and plazas, and Robinson's Arch, which was once part of a bridge that connected the main commercial area to the Temple Mount. Walking toward the back of the complex, our guide pointed out the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2015

This part is amazing, located in the Jewish quarter. It feels rather surreal going there as there were hardly any people here. You can see the old stairs, walk around to one of the gates, see Robinson's arch.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2015

I enjoyed the Ophel Archaeological Garden. The atmosphere is ancient en historical. I liked the old original stairway’s into the temple. The miqvehs (ritual bath) were amazing . The miqvehs (ritual bath)were used before someone entered the temple. The Hulda Gates are amazing and beautiful.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2015

I really looked forward to visiting the Ophel Archaeological Gardens on our trip to Israel. I had high expectations and I must say I was not disappointed. Anyone who is interested in the history of Israel and biblical archaeology should visit this place. I would recommend seeing the film first that they show in the Information Centre. It is very... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2015 via mobile

We've been to Jerusalem twice and both times the archaeological park was the highlight of our visit. To walk on the roman streets and see the stones and pushed off the Temple Mount and to ascend the steps that were themselves part of the temple is just amazing. Words don't do his incredible spot justice. It's a must see.

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