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Austrians in Jerusalem - Travel Bug Hotel

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Hidden : 10/02/2013
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2 out of 5

Size: Size:   regular (regular)

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Geocache Description:

This cache is recommended for tourists! It is a NEP (nice easy puzzle).

This route leads you via an old post office building to an "unique oasis" in the middle east, where you can leave and pick up TB and help to bring it directly or closer to his goal. Please try to leave at least one TB in the cache. Also I recommend you to climb stairs to the roof for a great view.

Stage 1.

The Austrian Post Office
N1 = 585
E1 = 724
N 31° 46.N1 E 035° 13.E1

In 1834 a mail system was established in Turkey, followed soon after by the Ottoman post that operated between Beirut and Jerusalem., along with the private courier service of the Anglican mission.
In the far-off days of the early nineteenth century, when brigands abounded on the route to Jerusalem and donkeys and camels plodded along the dusty roads, an organized postal service was no more than a dream.
The building of the Austrian Imperial Post Office marked the beginning of the public, international postal service that developed in Israel as part of the activity of the European powers (following the Austrians' lead, similar postal services were then established by France, Russia, Germany, and Italy). Austria, which was one of the powers active in Israel, maintained a steamship line between Trieste and Israel. This line, known as the Austrian Lloyd's Agency, was founded in 1836. At first, mail would come once a fortnight, upon the arrival of a steamship from Europe. The intervals were later decreased to weekly periods, and towards the end of the nineteenth century the mail arrived even more frequently.
The Austrian postal service in Jerusalem apparently had its beginnings in 1853 on a narrow street in the Armenian Quarter, not far from here. The post office operated from that address until it moved to its new building opposite the Citadel.
When and by whom was the new post office building constructed? According to the historical sources, the post office began to operate from the location in 1859 and the building was most probably erected shortly before. The elders of the Armenian community relate that the structure was built by one of their members, Hagop Moredian. He and his family were colorful Jerusalem figures in the second half of the nineteenth century. Moredian was appointed as Austrian honorary consul in Jerusalem, and he changed his name to one with a more Western ring - Pascal. His eldest son greatly disappointed him when he married a cabaret girl from Europe, and the incensed father declared that he was disinheriting his son. Moredian's daughter Mariana was also drawn to Europe and married an Italian officer. Various members of the Moredian family lived in the building from the time of its construction until 1964. During the period when the Austrian post office operated, they resided in the upper story.

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Austrian Post Office in Jerusalem

You are at the start coordinates look up in the building and find in which year (ABCD) "Imperial Royal Austrian Post Office was opened", continue to read "it was in operation up to" year (EFGH). The next building number (IJ) (to right only few meters from the sign!). This building was a watch shop, you can see in the old picture. Was there money changing also? Maybe was the first money changing watch shop in Jerusalem?

Stage 2.

Entrance of an "Unique Oasis"
N2 = N1 + D * F * ( B - I ) + J
E2 = E1 + B * C * I - D + I
N 31° 46.N2 E 035° 13.E2

Now you are in front a special place in the old city. Read left and right side the sign and just push the bell (left side of the gate) they are opening from 10:00 till 22:00 and come in (push the gate after it pull the grille door.) Climb the stairs and enjoy from the place!

TB Hotel - The Cache

N3 = N2 + H * I + J + G
E3 = E2 - F
N 31° 46.N3 E 035° 13.E3

Order a bottle of beer (this is open from 10:00 till 22:00). Sit down outside under a shadow and cold your body in a hot day!
You have free Wi-Fi in this place, search and read more about this place.
When you finish to drink your beer, read the hint.
This TB Hotel has a special "Austrian Post Service" (better than the Ottoman Post Service). Please read the goal of TB in the internet. Leave and pick up TB and help to bring it directly or closer to his goal. Try to leave at least one TB in the cache.

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Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Cynpr lbhe rzcgl obggyr vagb gur orre obk. Ner lbh ybbxvat ng gur obggbz bs gur obk?

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)

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