A significant administrative storage center from the days of Kings Hezekiah and Manasseh (8th century to the middle of the 7th century BCE) was recently been exposed in an archaeological excavation near the US Embassy in the Arnona neighborhood of Jerusalem.
Restoration work has progressed on the Pilgrims’ Path.
This is the road underground which runs from Shiloah Pool to the Old City, where the Jewish Temples once stood.
The actual old stones remain along what was the busy route on the holidays thousands of years ago.
Three years ago when it was first opened to media,
this video was recorded for an official explanation.
The Roman market place might have looked like this scene.
Under Pilgrim Road, the drainage system has also been excavated. This is where the last Jews hid until the Romans found and murdered them.
The earth removed was carefully searched for bits of history, last year we participated in the sifting project. The best we found were nice pieces of pottery.
However, discoveries include this Roman coin issued after the destruction of Jerusalem.
Five years ago the exhibit “By the Rivers of Babylon” opened at the Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem, see HERE – and is still a favorite.
With only limited attendance allowed in museums now due to corona health restrictions, new for this year is a virtual tour of BLMJ exhibit HERE now you can see for yourself,
The Romans destroyed the Temple and leveled Jerusalem.
The sounds of moving traffic fill Jerusalem streets.
An emergency vehicle siren blaring passes by.
The happy voices of children at play can be heard.
Sounds of summer fill the Jerusalem streets.
The boisterous sounds from the Israeli Scouts returned to their Jerusalem base.
The sounds of prayer at the Kotel, the Western Wall have continued as numbers of prayer gatherings have changed.
The numbers inside the Wilson’s Arch area are limited but worshipers have returned.
Sadly the Jerusalem Great Synagogue has been silent for months.
The red carpet was out. Signing the guestbook was similar. For the first time since the outbreak of the coronavirus, President Rivlin received diplomatic credentials from the new ambassadors of Colombia, Greece, Denmark, Romania, and Argentina to the State of Israel.
This could be the last time for Foreign Ministry Chief of Protocol Meron Rueben (far right) to present new diplomats, as he is to become Israel’s next consul-general in Boston.
The honor guard, comprised of 8 people with flags, was standing where the band usually stood. The very downsized band to play anthems stood behind in the garden, shielded by bushes.
Here the police band played for one of the past presidential red carpet welcomes.
Jerusalem Philharmonic performed live and was streamed on Facebook.
Beautiful sounds with distance and masks on stage.
Also late at night, the lights were on at the Knesset, but for a change, the sounds were inside instead of outside from a protest.
Amazing that so close to the Knesset, below the Israel Museum is such a quiet spot.
March 1, 2020, I took this photo walking home from the museum.
This image was taken the very next day. Who would imagine the only photo I took on March 2nd, would be the last one for months? Sadly, the Israel Museum like the Great Synagogue has remained silent because of COVID-19.
But in the quiet of these coronavirus days, the lizards and geckos have become regular visitors to the Jerusalem nature paths.
Police on a motorcycle at the entrance of Gan Sacher, Sacher Park was a new sight this week.
Police are handing out 500 shekel tickets to those not wearing masks.
New signs. Protest signs. Sounds of protests are heard and seen.
Meanwhile, Mekudeshet is trying to provide Jerusalem with cultural events on the Sherover Promenade. Sounds from the big summer festivals are missing from the streets.
With tourists missing the usual sights and sounds and crowds of summer visitors in Jerusalem are missing.
The Orient Isrotel reopened on July 8 with an 85 % occupancy for Shabbat.
With the number of infected people rising, and restrictions changing, it is hard to keep up day to day, let alone week to week.
But one thing that the novel coronavirus pandemic has not affected – the vibrant colors found along the Jerusalem streets.
The colors in nature seem to be thriving, even as the economy dips to new lows.
So I will leave you with this image, and a wish for all to stay healthy and well, on or off the Jerusalem streets where ever you are.
And the sounds from last summer Old City Light Festival, when I wondered what would be next?
Never imagined there would be no festival and the sounds of silence.