The Cardo was a north-south oriented street in Roman cities that was lined with shops and vendors and served as a hub of economic life. Jerusalem’s Cardo was built around 130 CE, and converted to an Arab-style marketplace in the 7th century. In the 1960s remains of the Byzantine Cardo were unearthed in the Jewish Quarter, and excavation began. Today, situated 20 feet below modern street level, one part of the Cardo is a restored arcade of galleries and shops, while the other part is an open-air reconstructed street. This mural depicts Jerusalem life along the Cardo, and I placed several Franciscan monks in front.