|Outside original city gate
|How old is this archway?
|Approach to courtyard
The Courtyard is accessed by walking down the alley past St. John's Church door and under an ancient archway. St. John's door is on the right side of the alley in the picture on the right. A person doesn't even think of the history surrounding you when you live in a place where it's just the neighborhood.
I do often wonder what the building above the archway is. Do people live above the archway? How long has that part of the structure been there. It connects directly with St. John's Church today, but was it originally like that? I'll never know.
|View of courtyard
|Ancient wall with added decorations
Of course, since that time the city has grown up around it and it's now a tourist attraction. The city makes sure that this piece of wall is preserved close to it's original design as possible.
In the close up on the left, you can see that the walk-way above the original wall is still maintained. They have also shown the original stones in a small place in an arch. This is history at its best.
It's too bad I don't think about all of this as I'm carrying my groceries home. At that point, the weight of the bags is more on my mind.