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The Cardo

The Cardo was an ancient main street at the time of Jesus.



In 1999, we ate pizza in The Cardo Pizza shop with my Mom. It has become a special memory for me since Mom passed away a few years ago. When David and I went to Israel on a later trip, we had pizza at the same shop in Mom’s memory.

The Cardo in the past.

The central street of the Cardo is 40 feet (12 m) wide and is lined on both
sides with columns.  The total width of the street and shopping areas on either
side is 70 feet (22 m), the equivalent of a 4-lane highway today.  This street
was the main thoroughfare of Byzantine Jerusalem and served both residents and
pilgrims. Click here to read the rest of the article.

The Cardo in present times.

Today the Cardo is one of the key attractions in the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City. A section of Cardo has been reactivated as a shopping street, full of arts and various special goods.  In part of the preserved Cardo, the French school of art Creation de la Cite installed a large painting of the Byzantine Cardo – look for the depiction of a Byzantine girl handing a pomegranate to a 21st century boy. Click here to read more and to view a picture of the present Cardo.

The Cardo in 3D.

The Cardo as a virtual tour. Please note, this might make you dizzy.

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