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Washburn, Kim, 1970- author
Let’s go explore Jerusalem : places to go, sights to see, culture to experience,
curiosities to consider, words to work on / Kim Washburn.
pages cm
ISBN 978-0-310-74318-7 (softcover)
1. Jerusalem—Description and travel—Juvenile literature. 2. Jerusalem—
Antiquities—Juvenile literature. 3. Christian pilgrims and pilgrimages—Jerusalem—
Juvenile literature. 4. Jerusalem in the Bible—Juvenile literature. I. Title.
DS109.15.W37 2013
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Written by: Kim Washburn
Editor: Mary Hassinger
Art direction: Deborah Washburn
Cover and interior design: Jody Langley
Title page photography: Wikimedia Commons
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Places to Go

A Toast to Today

© 1995 by Phoenix Data Systems

Disneyland is a little bigger
than present-day Jerusalem,
which blends old and
new, art and architecture,
shopping and dining into
50 square miles. Within its
borders are West Jerusalem
(or “New City”), Downtown
West Jerusalem, and East

Once Upon a Time
One part of modern
Jerusalem is the Old City.
Dating back 4,500 years, it
is one of the oldest towns
in the world that has not
been abandoned.

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Holy Hub
Ancient maps show Jerusalem at the
center of the world with three continents
positioned around it—Europe, Asia, and
Africa. Today, three religions and entire
nations surround Jerusalem.

Distinctive Digs
A stroll around the Old City might take 45
minutes. Although it’s a small section of
a bigger city, the Old City includes a rich
collection of ancient sites that are important
to three worldwide religions—Judaism,
Islam, and Christianity.

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Places to Go

Protect and Serve
The original walls surrounding
the Old City were for protection.
The walls surrounding the Old
City now are 500 years old—
brand-spanking new compared
to the ones referred to in
Nehemiah 3. Today, the walls
stretch nearly three miles
in length and climb to a height
of 50 feet.

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Zion Gate

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Damascus Gate

Golden Gate

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Lions’ Gate

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© William D. Mounce

Open and Shut
Every day until 1887, the gates to the Old
City were opened at sunrise and closed
before sunset. During the Crusader period,
there were four main gates, one on each
side of the city: the Jaffa Gate, Damascus
Gate, Lions’ Gate, and Zion Gate. Today
the walls have seven more gates although
not all are opened. The (not-so-new) New

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Gate is about 125 years old. The time
of the first big opening of Herod’s Gate
is unknown. Some experts suspect an
older gate is underneath the sealed
Golden Gate. And trash from the city
was probably cleared out through the
gate with the least-glamorous title—the
Dung Gate.

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