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The Cardo

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In the heart of Old Jerusalem lies a fascinating historical gem known as the Cardo. This ancient thoroughfare, once a bustling center of commerce and cultural exchange, offers a window into the city’s vibrant past. Join us as we stroll through the remnants of the Cardo and uncover the stories it has to tell.

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A Marketplace of Antiquity

The Cardo was no ordinary street—it was the main thoroughfare of Roman and Byzantine Jerusalem. Lined with shops, stalls, and bustling activity, it served as the commercial lifeline of the city. Traders and merchants from various corners of the ancient world converged here, bringing goods, stories, and cultures that enriched the local tapestry.

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A 6th Century Mosaic Floor Of A Church In Jordan. It’s Showing Clearly The Roman-Byzantine Cardo Of The Jerusalem. Now Famously Known as the Madaba Map!

A Testament to Urban Planning

Originally designed by the Romans, the Cardo exemplifies their meticulous urban planning. It was a wide and grand colonnaded street featuring rows of columns on each side that supported covered walkways. These architectural elements not only provided shade and shelter but also contributed to the impressive aesthetics of the street.


Navigating the Cardo

Walking along the Cardo today, you can still see remnants of its original layout. The paved stones, columns, and architectural fragments that have survived the ages offer glimpses into the past. As you follow the path, you can almost imagine the vibrant scenes of traders haggling, shoppers examining goods, and the echoes of countless conversations that once filled the air.

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The Excavations As Seen From the Cardo.

A Journey through Time

The Cardo has witnessed the passage of centuries, surviving transitions from Roman to Byzantine rule and beyond. As you explore its remnants, you’re transported back to a time when Jerusalem was a bustling metropolis. The Cardo’s enduring presence is a reminder of the city’s resilience and its ability to adapt and evolve while preserving its historical roots.

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Cultural Crossroads

The Cardo was more than a marketplace—a crossroads of cultures, languages, and traditions. The diversity of people traversed its path left their mark on its stones. From traders hawking goods from distant lands to locals going about their daily lives, the Cardo was a microcosm of Jerusalem’s rich and multifaceted identity.

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A Glimpse into Everyday Life

As you explore the Cardo, it’s not just the architecture that captures your attention—it’s the stories of ordinary people who once walked these same stones. The pottery fragments, inscriptions, and architectural details offer insights into the lives, beliefs, and aspirations of those who called Jerusalem home.

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A Roman Roof Tile Found During the Excavations. The Tile Covered the Roof of the Cardo. Furthermore, the Tiles Were Made by the Roman X Legio Fretensis soldiers. Moreover, you Can See The Legion’s Symbol (The Wild Bore) and The First Letter of the Legion Name, Along with the Number X. You Can Find Them on Display at the Israel Museum.

Cardo in Old Jerusalem: Where Past and Present Meet

So the Cardo isn’t just a relic of the past; it’s a living connection to the history and heritage of Jerusalem. Amidst the modern city surrounding it, the Cardo is a silent witness to the ebb and flow of life, commerce, and culture. So, as you walk its path, you’re invited to imagine the sights and sounds of a bygone era and to appreciate the enduring spirit of a city that continues to thrive while honoring its roots.


Hi! My name is Arik, an Israeli native who dedicated his life to sharing my passion for the Holy Land with those interested in knowing more about this incredible piece of land. I’m the Chief Guide at ‘APT Private Tours in Israel’.

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