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JERUSALEM BEST KEPT SECRETS PRIVATE TOUR

This tour will take you to three "must see" places which are still often missed. During this very special day you will see Marc Chagall Stained Glass Windows at the Hadassah Hospital Synagogue; you will descend to the depth of the secret passages directly under the Old City, to see the biggest artificial cave in Israel – King Salomon Query; and, finally, you will visit a fantastically beautiful Medieval Monastery of the Cross, hidden from people' eyes just less than a mile away from the Israeli Parliament, the Knesset.

 

Chagall Stained Glass Windows

Installed at the Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital Marc Chagall' stained glass windows, are generally considered to be Chagall’s greatest work in stained glass.

 

Any Jerusalem visitor should find time to the visit he famed Chagall Windows: 12 stunningly beautiful stained glass windows representing the 12 Tribes of Israel.

These windows encompass everything – Biblical story of the Jewish Tribes, abstract religious symbols,  floating figures of fish, flowers and animals and an overwhelming beauty of the light penetrating the shadows of the Synagogue' room.

 

Monastery of the Cross at the Valley of the Cross

 This unique monastery stands in the valley of the Cross, just few hundred meters away from the Israel Museum and the Knesset (the Parliament). 

 

The monastery was initially built in the Byzantine period, during the 5th CAD and further expanded by Caesar Justinian in the 6th CAD. 

 

The monastery complex is hiding behind high medieval walls. The monastery church contains frescoes originally painted in the thirteenth century. The remains of the ancient pre-eighth century mosaic floor are preserved in the church.

 

The traditions of the triplet tree of Abraham and Lot is remembered in the iconography of the monastery: a painting over the entrance door and in the Room of the Holy Tree.

 

 King Salomon' Quarries ("Zedekiah' Cave)

Just beneath the Old City houses lies a most remarkable cave, both in size and beauty. This legendary 9,000 square meters (100,000 square feet) cave, known as King Salomon' Quarries or Zedekiah’s Cave, is one of the most spectacular sites in Jerusalem.

This astounding cave had served in antiquity as a quarry for the massive stones used to build the Temple under King Solomon.  And this is a place where the last Judean King Zedekiah was captured by the invading Babylonians in 586 BC.

The last but not the least, for a long time since its discovery in 1854, the Cave served as Free Freemasons Ceremonies, and is still considered by the Masons as one of the most revered sites in their history.

Price excludes relevant entrance fees

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$550