To describe what the cardo is, it is best to describe what it was. When the Romans built cities, they built a road running from North to south in which all business and commerce was condensed making it the main market and commercial center. In larger cities, there was also a road running from East to West which was called the Decumanus.The Decumanus of Jerusalem is what is known today as David Street or The Arab Market. These two roads divided the city into four Quarters, (Hence, The Jewish Quarter, Christian Quarter, Moslem Quarter and Armenian Quarter). The Cardo is a very wide road, leaving room for two chariots to pass each other with ease. On each side of this road are pavements for people to walk. On the outer side of these, the business or Market area and then, on the outer side of these, the shops and stores of the peddlars. In the 1970's The Cardo was rebuilt on its original ruins. Today you can visit ultra modern stores and shops while still envisioning how it must have been 4000 years ago. Part of the original ruins were left untouched. This is truly something to see when you visit the Old City.
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