The Cardo was the main street in Jerusalem 1,500 years ago, running from north to south and through the heart ("cardo" is Greek for "heart") of the city with parallel columns supporting a tile roof. Jerusalem's Cardo features on a mosaic pavement map of a sixth century church that is situated in Jordan.
Today the Cardo is one of the main attractions in the Jewish Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem. Part of the Cardo is once again a shopping street with pieces of art and special goods on sale and an open part displays some pillars. There is a partially-restored area that shows visitors how the stalls and shops would have appeared in Roman times.
There are some interesting archaeological excavations around the Cardo from the First and Second Temple period. The Cardo leads into the Arab Shuk in the Muslim Quarter.
The Cardo is a fascinating mixture of archaeology, history and shopping and is well worth a visit.