‘Jerusalem Knights’ First Night
Who could imagine that the Crusades could be so much fun?
Actors and musicians were dressed in medieval costumes.
The weather was perfect Thursday evening, October 7 in the Old City.
People had gathered in the plaza near Jaffa Gate, the unimaginable happened–
the Jerusalem Knights program started ten minutes early.
A map of 21 street performances in the Christian Quarter
was projected on a large screen near Jaffa Gate.
Visitors received a paper copy of the map with explanations in Hebrew and English.
The first performance, the Royal Reception, took place outside the walls
and just inside the walls, The Leper, was a scary sight.
The Greek Muse, hard to believe she was a real person.
It was hard to see the Fire Knight with such a large crowd around him.
The Wishing Fountain was easy to photograph, as like the Muse, she did not move.
In the Slave Market, even the slaves seemed to be having a good time.
Musicians performed in many locations along the route.
While some of the market was open,
near the end of the route, most of the shops were closed,
providing a perfect setting for peddlers
and be careful.. more peddlers and beggars.
At the end, Muristan Square was filled with color and dancers.
Jerusalem Knights was held October 7, 14, 21 & 28.
The Jerusalem Development Authority, along with a list of other groups,
is sponsoring the performances; there is no charge.
It takes about an hour to walk the route.
It is not good for the handicapped or baby strollers.