In Jerusalem, “underground” physical and metaphysical are a state of mind. We traverse history by walking in the waters of the 8th century BCE“Hezekiah’s Tunnel”built when the city was defending itself from the approaching Assyrian army to protect the water by diverting its flow deep into the city with an impressive tunnel system and then walk to the Ecce Homoconvent built over the Lithostratos, traditionally believed to be the place where Jesus was scourged and condemned to death Its rough-hewn paving stones, some of which came from the Antonia Fortress are from the time of the emperor Hadrian with the games of the soldiers carved into the stones On the way we stop at Bein Hakshatot (Between the Arches) restaurant, is housed in a 13th century building that had been part of a Mamluk project to make the adjacent
parts of the city level with the Temple Mount by. constructing a system of arches and arched walls. In west Jerusalem we stop at the Museum of the Underground Prisoners housed in what was a 19th century “Russian Women’s Pilgrims Hotstel converted to the central prison during the British Mandate, in which hundreds of Jewish underground fighters who had been captured by the British on various actions, while fighting against foreign rule were imprisoned and finish our day. We finish our day by exploring.....what else but the culturally vibrant, artistically engaged and politically aware Jerusalem's underground community groups that bucks the dominant culture.