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(photo credit: Shmuel Bar-Am)
One of Jerusalem’s liveliest streets is actually a short plaza called Omar ibn
al- Khatab, named for the second caliph of the Islamic world. It runs from
inside Jaffa Gate to the beginning of the Armenian Quarter at Armenian Orthodox
Patriarchate Road. Bursting with both ancient and relatively modern
historical sites, the street/square has two tourist information centers that are
open seven days a week.Brilliant, tolerant and an administrative whiz,
Omar visited Jerusalem soon after Muslim Arabs conquered the Holy City in 638.
He revered many of the Bible’s most significant personalities and honored
Judaism’s holy sites, including the peak on which Solomon erected the First
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