Published on Oct 15, 2018 by the ISRAEL YouTube channel – The people of Jerusalem waited a long time for this – The Jerusalem Light Rail!
This is the place where you can meet people of all backgrounds, it’s a microcosmos of the diverse society of Jerusalem.
It was here that the line that divided Jerusalem passed, until 1967 when the city was reunited. A line that once divided, now a train line that brings you wherever you want to go…
The train then reaches the city center, and finishes at Mount Herzl.
The view changes constantly from ancient to modern, from the Old City to bustling markets to green parks.
The line starts in the north at Pisgat Zeev, and continues through Arab neighborhoods like Shuafat. It then continues to the Old City, and then to City Hall.
This is the first light rail in Israel, but definitely not the first train in Jerusalem. Almost a century ago, Jerusalem was home to a steam engine train built by the British military during the First World War.
Almost a century ago, Jerusalem was home to a steam engine train built by the British military during the First World War. The train ran from Jerusalem and Ramallah all the way to Jaffa. So in one day, you could relax at the beach in Jaffa and then top it off with Humus in the Old City of Jerusalem.
This is one of the busiest places in the city – the entrance into Jerusalem. It was a big challenge for the engineers of the rail to find a way to not add to the traffic, so they turned to Santiago Calatrava, the famous Spanish architect, and he designed this magnificent suspended bridge, symbolically resembling king David’s harp upon which run the tracks of the train.
The extraordinary curved bridge stands at the height of over 130 meters, and from it extends 66 cables suspended entirely of one beam. So if you want to see more of this beautiful city, and meet locals- Jews, Muslims, Christians, Atheists, people from all walks of lives, and to see the real Jerusalem, then come aboard the Jerusalem light rail.
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