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Ophel Archaeological Garden (Yitzhak Ben Youssef Levy Garden)

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Address: Dung Gate, Jerusalem, Israel
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+972 2-625-4403
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Sun - Thu 08:00 - 19:00
Fri 08:00 - 14:00

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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Worth seeing in addition to the larger Archaeological Park

The Ophel Archaeological Garden is located on the south side of Haram esh-Sharif. You can enter this area as part of your visit to The Jerusalem Archaeological Park and Davidson... read more

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Hong Kong, China
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Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Ophel Archaeological Garden is located on the south side of Haram esh-Sharif. You can enter this area as part of your visit to The Jerusalem Archaeological Park and Davidson Center or view into the excavations from the roadside at Derekh Ha-Ofel. Here you will see more ruins dating back to the First and Second Temple period including grand staircase... More 

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Oslo, Norway
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Gets you back to the time if the Temple of Herod. You can even sit on the ramains of the destroyed temple. It takes you to street level at the time of Christ.

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Monterey, California
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Reviewed 4 April 2017

I'm not sure why more people aren't at this site. The ruins inside are great. The steps and wall are spectacular. Great for kids. Mine loved walking the city wall and they were the only ones up there. Standing on the steps our Lord walked up was just amazing.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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Reviewed 28 March 2017

While you are in the old city, going to the western wall, etc, go walk over to this site. See the people doing an Archaeological dig, it is pretty cool to see this. Also look up at the wall (southern wall) you can see this was build by the muslims after the Crusaders had been kicked out. The muslims placed... More 

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States
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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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Jerusalem, Israel
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Reviewed 17 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 

Thank Michel S
York, United Kingdom
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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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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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Reviewed 25 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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Reviewed 6 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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