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The Museum of the Seam

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About The Museum of the Seam

The Museum on the Seam is the first socio-political museum in Israel. The Museum of the Seam displays some of the best contemporary art. The Museum of the Seam is located in an historical building that served as a military outpost on the edge of Jerusalem's Old City, on the seam line between east and west when the city was divided (1948-1967). The museum's rooftop has one of Jerusalem's most magnificent views.


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The Israel Museum

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Art Garden Israel Museum Jerusalem
The Israel Museum recently reopened after a multi-year renovation program. According to the guides; overall the new museum is around twice the size of the old museum. The Israel Museum is simply spectacular.



The main part of the museum consists of three main sections – Fine Arts, Archaeology and Jewish Art and Life. The main building is now approached through a tunnel of light with an exciting combination some stunning mosaics from Bet Shean on the walls and an amazing piece of modern art and colors at the far end.

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Museum of Italian Jewish Art

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One of Jerusalem’s hidden treasures is the Nahon Museum of Italian Jewish Art located in the downtown Jerusalem area. It contains a stunning collection and an Italian synagogue. In many ways it is almost just like visiting the famous Venice Ghetto with all the convenience of Jerusalem.

Inside Jerusalem Italian Synagogue

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Jerusalem Bird Observatory

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The Jerusalem Bird Observatory (JBO) is without doubt one of the secrets places of Jerusalem, and is not all that well known even to Jerusalemites.

Jerusalem Bird Observatory

Israel is located on the main seasonal migration paths and so is a paradise for bird lovers. The main centers include the Hula Reserve & the Eilat Bird Sanctuary. However, many birds also pass through Jerusalem - hence the Jerusalem Bird Observatory (JBO).

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The Jewish Quarter in the Old City of Jerusalem

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Introduction to the Jewish Quarter

The Jewish Quarter is situated on the southern side of the Old City of Jerusalem.  This area began becoming the Jewish Quarter in the middle of the 13th century C.E., when the Spanish rabbi and philosopher Nachmanides reestablished Jerusalem's Jewish community following the Crusades.

 

The first urban settlement in the area of the Jewish Quarter, began when King Hezekiah extended Jerusalem's walls westwards to encompass the western hill in the 8th century B.C.E. in preparation for an Assyrian onslaught.  Its first residents were apparently Jewish Israelite refugees fleeing Senacherib's campaigns.  Remnants of this wall, known as the "Broad Wall" can be seen on Plugot Hakotel St.

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