Before Yom Kippur I went walking on some walls with John on the old city again. You get to peek into the yards of Christian, Jewish and Arab people’s houses. For obvious reasons its not possible to go completely 360 degrees around because of the Al Asqa mosque is at the back and this part of the wall is not open there.
Still I got to see a few more things I had not previously seen.
This is interesting. This is a panaromic shot, so these two walls actually join at a right angle where I am standing. This is the Armenian quarter of the old city. Ahead is the Armenian church and a car park, but lots of scruffy looking ground just going to waste. I thought this is odd as surely land within the old city must be very expensive and sort after, must be worth a million dollars maybe. I guess even a small square of land big enough to put an ice cream kiosk would be expensive to rent. Its blacked by fire as it appears someone has burnt all the weeds that are growing here. A hotel or some nice flats could maybe be built here. Some people who were with me on the tour think that its inevitable if you dug up this ground there would be plenty of archeology here. For some reason the Armenians would rather let the ground go to waste than sell it, or have it landscaped or develop something on it.