Sunday, October 3, 2010

A bridge into Jaffa Gate

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Unless you look down, it's easy to forget that when you walk from Mamilla to the Jaffa Gate and into the Old City, you are actually crossing a bridge.

Busy Jaffa Road is underneath.
And, like we saw at the Damascus Gate, the bridge to the Jaffa Gate also spans over some antiquities.
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In the old days the road to the Mediterranean port of Jaffa started here, at the Jaffa Gate.
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Proving you don't have to have water to have a bridge. :) For Louis la Vache's Sunday Bridges.
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UPDATE: Please continue to the next post for a further explanation of why the road itself is elevated.
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17 comments:

ρομπερτ said...

What a nice way to connect past, present and future.

Thank you for this journey. Please have a good Sunday.

daily athens

L. D. Burgus said...

For such a congested area it works great to get both foot traffic and cars and trucks moving at the same time.

Pietro said...

Beautiful view: what a contrast between the heavy traffic and the charming old structure!

Kay said...

You have so many incredible, historic places.

VP said...

It wasn't like that in the 1990s, I think they were just beginning to build this. It's easier this way, if I remember right, before this you had only a path along the wall just above Jaffa Road...

Robin said...

Nice, it really shows how the ancient Jerusalem is still a living, breathing city.

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Ann said...

It looks bright, butthe cars have lights on. Is it compulsory to have lights on? I know in Singapore, motorbikes need lights.

Dina said...

Thanks, friends, for your ideas, so nicely put.

VP, they have made many improvements lately all around the City Wall. It is now people friendly to walk.
Even on the right side of my photo there is now a promenade with places to sit.

Ann, it was twilight time and getting dark. Even the Old City walls had their lights on already. Also the cars were heading into a short tunnel.
I don't have a car and am not sure about the requirements for keeping vehicle lights on.

jo©o said...

Hiya Dina,

What a beautiful old stone building and walls. The stones are so mellow.
I always think underpasses for cars are so sensible. Wish they shoved all motorized traffic underground :-)

Lesley said...

It is interesting to see all the sections of this bridge.

Francisca said...

I like a lot about this photo, Dina. The perspective, the old with new, the time of day with soft lights. Super bridge post.

Rob and Mandy said...

Incredible to see how it all changed over the years!

Elisa said...

Looks old but lovely :)
Have a nice week!
Elisa, from Argentina

Pat said...

This is an interesting perspective with the old wall in the background and the modern day transportation juxtaposed in front.

Louis la Vache said...

Indeed, this proves you don't have to have water to have a bridge- and it also proves that Dina is able to join Sunday Bridges more often than she thought she would - and «Louis» is happy to see that.
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Mary said...

Hi Dina,

My mother who lives in Little Rock AR passed your blog link to me a number of months ago, and I've so enjoyed lurking.

I'll be in Israel in late November, and assuming we spend time in Jerusalem this year, the Rampart walk is now added to my wish list. If you are still looking for a walking companion, it would be a treat to have you join us.

Dina said...

Shalom all, thanks for your ideas on this.

Mary, you are near Chicago? That's where I started life. And Heifer Ranch in Arkansas was my home 1996-2002. Small world.
Yes, it would be fun to meet you in November. Please send me a way to contact you (it won't be published).