Park Teddy

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Park Teddy

The most recent attraction in the Hinnom Valley, just west of Jaffa Gate, is Park Teddy, named for Teddy Kollek, the popular mayor of Jerusalem from 1965 to 1993. On the park's upper terrace, a small mirrorlike globe is designed as a jigsaw of the continents. Entering the globe through the "oceans," you encounter a floor engraving of a famous Renaissance map that shows Jerusalem as the center of the world. The middle terrace boasts an intriguingly innovative sundial that not only tells time, but also tracks the solstices, equinoxes, and a few memorable dates. In the summer, a large square platform on the lower terrace becomes a cool children's playground when multiple water jets spurt unpredictably into the air for 20 minutes, four times daily (at 10, noon, 2, and 4). Bring a towel and a change of clothes for your kids. At night, the fountain plays to an orchestration of light and music (April–October at 8, 9, and 10 pm; November–March at 7, 8, and 9 pm).

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