Monday, May 30, 2016

The Old City of Jerusalem

Temples, Mosques, Churches, Walls, Tunnels, Religious relics, and plenty of gift shops.

Entering the Jaffa Gate

 Arch of the Virgin Mary

 David’s Tower

 Hakotel. Western Wall of the Temple Mount. It has been the cinter of Jewish yearning and memory for more than 2,000 years. Only fragments of the Great Temple survived, but Jews believe Divine Presence has never departed from the wall. It is the most sacred structure of the Jewish people. It is the focus of Jewish longing and prayer for redemption and renewal. This was the spot where Abraham came to sacrifice his son Isaac, and Jacob slept here, dreaming of a ladder to heaven. Solomon built the Great Temple there 3,000 years ago, and Herod rebuilt it after Babylonian destroyed it, 2,000 year ago.

Entering the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Where Jesus died.

Pilgrims at the slab of stone Jesus died on.

View of The Dome of the Rock from the Moslem Quarter. For some reason, they had it blocked off while we were there.

Shops on the Via Dolorosa.

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