Cardo Maximus 3D tour

Ancient Roman Road of Jerusalem – comes to life in 3D!

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Cardo Maximus 3D

Cardo Maximus 3D

The ancient Roman road of Jerusalem – see how it once looked with 3D reconstruction!

Visit the ancient roman road of Jerusalem which tells the story of the history of Jerusalem – the Cardo Maximus! Take a 3D virtual tour of the Cardo Maximus in Jerusalem as it looked almost 2000 years ago during Roman and Byzantine times! Follow the guided tour or navigate yourself and explore the history of Jerusalem.

Explore & learn about the road which was once the main street and marketplace of Jerusalem – a street upon which Jesus, Bar Kochva and Muhammad once walked!

  • The Madaba Map —The ancient map of Jerusalem discovered in Jordan and showing the Cardo.
  • The Pillars —See the Roman pillars which adorned the road when Jerusalem was renamed ‘Aelia Capetalina’.

Walk around freely, learn and experience this Jerusalem site which holds the history and stories of Jerusalem.

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Cardo Maximus in Jerusalem

The Cardo

Background & History

Located within the Jewish Quarter in the Old City of Jerusalem, the Cardo is the ancient main road of Jerusalem built in the 2nd century AD by the Roman Emperor Hadrian the Great when Jerusalem was renamed – ‘Aelia Capitolina’. The Cardo Maximus, as it was named during those times, was built over even more ancient ruins of roads from the Hellenic and Hasmonean period of when the Greek empire ruled the Holy Land.

The Cardo, also known as the “Street of Pillars”, is named so for it was the main road in Jerusalem and as such was the “Cardo” of Jerusalem which Latin for heart. The word “Maximus” points to its size for it was very wide and passed through Jerusalem from north to south.

The Cardo Maximus served as Jerusalem’s main road for almost 500 years and saw many renovation and alterations, mostly during the Byzantine rule of the holy Land (4th to 7th century AD)

The Excavations and uncovering of the Cardo Maximus in Jerusalem

After the Six Day War in 1967, Israel gained control of the Old City of Jerusalem and the Jewish Quarter. The Israeli Government, through the ‘Israel Antiquities Authority’ unraveled incredible findings from Jerusalem’s ancient history such as the ‘Western Wall Tunnels’, The ‘Israelite Tower’ dating almost 3000 years and the ‘Cardo Maximus’.

The excavations of the Cardo Maximus revealed incredible Roman pillars which were used to hold a roof providing shade and shelter from the rain for the vendors who once populated this hustling and bustling Roman road.

Visiting the Cardo Maximus

The Cardo Maximus is open and free to all and offers a unique experience of walking upon a road which was once walked by figures such as Jesus, Bar Kochva and Muhammad.

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Inside Cardo Maximus in Jerusalem

Inside the Cardo Maximus in Jerusalem

Ancient Roman road carries the history of Jerusalem – see how it looked in 3D!

h4>Cardo Maximus - The Main Street

Literally meaning ‘the Heart’ in Latin, the Cardo Maximus in Jerusalem served as the main road of Jerusalem for almost 500 years - since the Roman period in the 2nd century AD and up to the Muslim rule of Jerusalem in the 7th century.

After the failed Jewish revolt of Bar-Kochva in 136 AD, the Roman emperor Hadrian rebuilt Jerusalem and named it ‘Aelia Capetalina’. Like most Roman cities, at its center he placed a pillared boulevard which crossed the city from north to south.

The Cardo Maximus was first uncovered in 1975 by a team of archeologists lead by Nahman Avigad. Most of the excavations reveal the Cardo Maximus of the Justinian period of the 6th century AD. However a road from the First Temple period dating back to the 8th BC was also uncovered, some 6 meters underground.

The Madaba Map

In 1884 a mosaic map depicting the Holy Land was discovered in Madaba Jordan. This ancient map portrays Jerusalem as it looked during the Byzantine period, around the 6th century AD. At the center of the Madaba Map, the Cardo Maximus and its pillars can clearly be seen, spanning from north - where Damascus Gate stands today, to south - where Zion Gate is located.

Also clearly marked, is the Church of the Holy Sepulchre which is located in the middle of the Cardo Maximus, on the mid-bottom side of the Madaba map of the Cardo.

Several churches existed alongside the Cardo Maximus during the Byzantine period. On the southern side once stood the ‘Nea Church’ built by Emperor Justinus. Nearby, and also clearly marked in the Madaba Map, stood the ‘Holy Zion Church’ which exists to this day and marks the Cenacle – the site of the Last Supper of Jesus on the night of his capture.

The Cardo Maximus as the Jerusalem Market

As Jerusalem gained importance in Christianity, the Cardo Maximus underwent vast expansions which were commissioned by Emperor Justinus during the Byzantine rule in the 6th century AD.

The beautiful pillars which can still be seen, adorned the Cardo Maximus on both its sides and held a wooden roof which protected the vendors, shoppers and pilgrims from the sun and rain.

With the Muslim conquest of Jerusalem in the 7th century, the Cardo Maximus became inactive and many of its stones and materials were used to build new shops and monuments in Jerusalem. During the Crusader period, a few smaller markets were built upon the remains of the Cardo Maximus. Today, the Cardo serves as a site which allows visitors to physically see the history of Jerusalem through the many layers which exist beneath and above the Cardo Maximus.

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Jerusalem 3D Tours

Jerusalem 3D Tours


Rising above politics, conflicts and geographical boundaries, the “Jerusalem 3D Tours” are a truly spiritual, enjoyable and educational experience for the whole family unlike anything seen before. The 3D Jerusalem Tours enable anyone to visit these holy sites without needing to buy a plane ticket and serve as an excellent guide for those who do come to the holy city of Jerusalem.

Our Jerusalem 3D tours fuse faith with cutting edge technology making it possible to bring the holiest sites of Jerusalem and the world to you! Through our Jerusalem 3D Tours, you can explore and see more than available in reality and easily visit places which capture the hearts of millions worldwide. You can read, listen and see actual photos of the sites, the sacred items and learn about the fascinating stories and history which lie behind these Holy Christian, Muslim and Jewish sites in the Holy city of Jerusalem.

Our team of artists, developers and researchers created this innovative and unique experience with a great emphasis on colors, shapes, symmetry, sizes, compositions and proportions. Every element of the 3D tour is designed to convey the true atmosphere of the site.

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