Excursion «121. Bulgakov and Jerusalem»

Иерусалим Булгаковский
Иерусалим Булгаковский Стена плача Макет дворца Ирода Иерусалим Булгаковский
Class Big bus
Type Group tour
Language Russian
Visited 9 423 people

This journey will take you along the Jerusalem route of the immortal novel "The Master and Margarita" by Mikhail Bulgakov.

Paradoxically, those who have read the novel imagine "Yershalaim-Jerusalem," while Bulgakov himself never visited the city. Therefore, his descriptions of Jerusalem in the novel are even more remarkable, as he portrayed the ancient city with astonishing accuracy.

However, there are still some differences. Guides on this tour will explain the reasons and details behind these variations.

The route begins in the Garden of Gethsemane.

  1. The Church of the Agony

In describing the death of Judas, Bulgakov challenges the biblical account and relocates the event to the Garden of Gethsemane.

Not far from the temple, slightly below it, there is an observation deck. From here, you can see the Kidron Valley.

"Is it true that you appeared in Yershalaim through the Suzdal Gates on a donkey?" Where can we find the Suzdal Gates today?

  1. The Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu. The Trial of the Sanhedrin. The House of Caiaphas, the High Priest.

According to common Christian belief, Caiaphas lived on Mount Zion. His house stood on the eastern side, where later the Church of Peter, also known as the Cock's Crow, was built.

Archaeologists have found evidence confirming this version. During excavations on Mount Zion, they discovered remains of a mansion that clearly belonged to a wealthy individual. They date back to the 1st century CE. The mansion has many rooms, storerooms, and ritual pools. There is also a dungeon. It is possible that it was in this place that Christ spent some time when he was in Caiaphas's house.

  1. The Essene Gate. Gabbatha (Lithostratos). The Secret Entrance to Herod's Palace.

  2. The Tomb in the Garden. Gordon's Golgotha.

  3. Antonia Fortress

This place is considered the first stop along the Via Dolorosa, the Way of the Cross.

Model of Jerusalem during the time of Christ.

(Note: The translation provided may not be an exact match to the original text due to differences in idiomatic expressions and cultural references.)

Important

Thematic excursion on February 25!

Additionally, entrance tickets are paid on the spot: 15 ₪ (Gallicantu) and 10 ₪ (Lifostraton)

Departure days

Departure days depend on your departure city

Info

Order cancellation conditions:

If a tourist cancels an excursion in less than 2 days, the penalty is 100%, unless insurance against non-departure has been purchased.

Important:

Tourists should arrive at the pick-up point 10 minutes before the scheduled departure time.
Excursion requests for children under 5 years of age are not accepted.
No refund will be given to those who are late and do not attend the excursion.
The company is not responsible for lost items.
Tourists may have to wait up to 30 minutes for the bus.
Minor changes to the route are possible.
The company reserves the right to change the departure time for the excursion, which is notified to the tourist the day before.
The company does not sell excursions with assigned seats on the bus.
Physical activity level: 4/5
Recommended:

Take with you on the excursion: drinking water, a hat, comfortable shoes - walk a lot, modest clothing is required.

The cost of trips does not include and is paid on the spot:

  • food
  • entrance tickets: 15₪ (Gallicanthu) and 10₪ (Lyphostraton)

Attractions

Old town in Jerusalem

At this part of the city located  its main attractions are concentrated. In the Old City are the main shrines of three religions: Muslim, Jewish and Christian. There are also several quarters in which Jews, Arabs, Christians and Armenians live. Despite the fact that Armenians also are Christians, separate services are held for them in temples, and they live separately. In the Armenian quarter there are practically no tourist excursions. Everyone can see the stunning monuments of ancient architecture, just a walk through the Old Town. The Tower of David, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the preserved Roman shopping street, the Wailing Wall and many other sights of Jerusalem are open for tourists.

Way of the Cross. Via Dolorosa

On the way from the Roman praetorium to Calvary passed the mournful path of Jesus Christ.  Fourteen forced stops were made along the way, due to circumstances stopping the sad procession, now called stations. Small churches or chapels were built on the site of the first ten stations. The remaining four can be seen in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Having walked along the Way of the Cross, you can see and feel what Jesus had to endure.(In the excursion you will visit the last 5 points)

Gethsemane

The Garden of Gethsemane is well knowen from biblical stories.  At that place  Jesus Christ prayed before one of his apostles, Judas, betrayed him.  It is a small fenced garden with olive trees, which, suggested to be dumb as a  witnesses of events unfolding on the night after the Last Supper. On the territory of the garden was built the Church of All Nations at the beginning of the 20th century.  When it began to be erected, the ruins of the Byzantine church and the chapel of the crusaders were found in that place. The church got its name for the reason that 12 Catholic communities from around the world donated money for its construction. His main shrine is the stone on which Jesus prayed that terrible night. There are no statues in the church, no daylight. But there are mosaics that depict the prayer of Christ, the kiss of Judas and the subsequent capture of Jesus.

Church of the Holy Sepulchre

Church of the Holy Sepulcher (Church of the Resurrection) - the main shrine and place of pilgrimage for all Christians around the world.  It is the place of the convergence of the Holy Fire, were Jesus Christ was crucified,  buried and resurrected. 

Golgotha

In Jerusalem there is the Church of the Holy Sepulcher revered by all Christians. The part  of that churrch is one of the most important shrines of the Christian world - Golgotha or Calvary ​​(the mountain on which Jesus was crucified).
To the right of the main entrance to the Temple there are steps - you can follow them to Calvary. This holy place is surrounded by candles and lamps. Under the altar of the Orthodox chapel, located on Calvary, there is a deepening marked by a silver circle. If you put down your hand, you can touch the place where  stood the cross, on which Jesus was crucified.
Believers from different countries come to Jerusalem to visit the most important attraction - the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and touch Golgotha.

Jerusalem

Jerusalem is not only the capital of modern Israel, but also a city which, for many centuries, has been the "center of the world" for Jews, Christians and Muslims.

No other city on the planet can  compare with it, because only Jerusalem has such a rich spiritual and historical attraction.

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