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The Cardo

Address: Jewish Quarter, Jerusalem, Israel
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Ranked #44 of 172 Attractions in Jerusalem
Type: Landmarks
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Owner description: Enter this partial reconstruction of the "High Street" of late Roman Jerusalem near the Hurva Synagogue in the Jewish Quarter. A number of columns have been restored, as well as buildings suggesting the form of Roman era shops.

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

After the Jewish quarter was destroyed in the war, archaeologists were able to excavate a huge area and found the Roman cardo - or colonnaded Main Street. They have left some as an excavation with shops up above, some had been reconstructed and some is a plaza open to the sky. Part is now a shopping mall...

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Chicago, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

The Cardo is the modern section of the old city shops. The stores there are beautiful, offer artisan quality Judaic art but are pricey too.

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Lima, Peru
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213 helpful votes 213 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014 via mobile

Its quite interesting to understand what are you looking at, and in the Jew quarter you can really go back in history and imagine how magnificent this road was.

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Orange County, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

Real western-style shopping instead of the bazaar style Souk of the Muslim quarter. Very nice place to buy tourist mementos and the like. Also art galleries. You can envision how it looked 2000 years ago. Perhaps the oldest mall in the world!

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Brentwood, TN
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119 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

A cardo is a north-south oriented street in Roman cities, an integral part of city planning, lined with shops and vendors and the hub of economic life. The Cardo in the Jewish Quarter was uncovered in the 1970's and excavated. A portion has been rebuilt as a modern shopping lane where shopkeepers sell souvenirs and keepsakes to tourists. This is... More

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New York
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139 attraction reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

The excavated remains help one imagine the current city in historical architectural perspective. To aid imagination, there is a beautiful artist's reconstruction of what the cardo would have looked like in its hayday. Afterward you enter an artistic quarter which is a nice gallery through which to take a leisurely stroll and enjoy the art work.

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Spokane, Washington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

The cardo is very interesting, sitting beneath the city as it does. But, when you consider all of the myriad of sights in Jerusalem, the poor cardo does not fare well. In another city, it would be amazing, but here, I am afraid it is a little lost. I believe your time would be better spent exploring the Shiloah Pool... More

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014

good for shopping! little bit overpriced. its also a way to going to arabic quarter! A calm place to walk.

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

The Cardo is mostly a reconstructed street from both Roman and Byzantine time (almost 2000 years ago). Back then, it was a major street with gorgeous pillars on its sides, shops and a market at its end. You can actually still see some of the original street and pillars. It is definitely impressive and humbling. Check out the local businesses... More

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Northern Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2013

The Cardo Maximus was a really big deal... about 2000 years ago. It was the main road in Jerusalem during the Roman and Byzantine periods. In a city that has wall-to-wall historic, religious, and archeological treasures the Cardo is just an "average" site. Part of the Cardo has been reconstructed and is lined with shops. Visit if you have time.... More

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