Old City of Jerusalem

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Old City of Jerusalem Reviews

lauro lauro
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Old City of Jerusalem Mar 27, 2017
Jerusalem is probably the most disputed city in the world. the three abrahamic faiths - judaism, christianity and islam claim the city.

for the jews, the remains of the 2nd and first temple is the holiest site of judaism. every jew prays facing the wailing wall, it is the only place they are permitted to pray in the temple.

for the christians, jerusalem was where jesus suffered and crucified in the calvary hill (golgotha) and built a church around it called the church of the holy sepulchre.

for islam, the dome of the rock in the temple mount was the spot where the prophet mohammed ascended into heaven.

the old city of jerusalem is divided into 4 quarters: jewish, muslim, christian and armenian and gates: new gate, damascus gate, herod's gate, lion's gate, zion gate, jaffa gate etc.

the most striking architecture in the old city is the dome of the rock. the dome shines in sunlight and spectacularly lighted in the night - along with the western wall and the rest of the temple mount.

the three quarters are full of shops that sells souvenirs, crafts, delicacies, spices - everything from the middle east while the armenian quarter is more solemn - quiet and more dedicated to the orthodox faith.

as a christian, i went inside the the church of the holy sepulchre, inside is the aedicule - where jesus was buried and eventually rose into heaven and the stone of anointing, where the body of jesus was anointed before his burial.

the western wall and the jewish quarter is heavily guarded, lots of metal detectors and security before entering is comparable to airport security. before you can access the western wall, you have to cover your head (with a cap) or get a skullcap (kippah) from one of the jewish priests - it is a reminder that nothing else is above you other than god.

i cannot say for the dome of the rock, since i am with a jewish friend and jews are not permitted to go there.

at the jewish quarter into the zion gate exit is mount zion and a few steps below, is the cemetery where oskar schindler was buried.

old jerusalem and jerusalem itself is a fantastic city to watch people minding their daily lives and business. three great religions in the world combine and live together in a small amount of space creating a vibrant and pulsating atmosphere. while you can pray and light candles at the church of the holy sephulcre, the next - touch the wailing wall and insert a prayer through its cracks and in twilight - hear the sound of the islamic call to prayer of the muezzin from the minarets of the mosque as you wander through the narrow streets of the old city.
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Vikram says:
Congrats on the feature. You've very succinctly yet completely captured Jerusalem in this review.
Posted on: Jul 20, 2017
aloneinthecrowd says:
Congrats Lauro :) Amazing review and pics as always.
Posted on: Jul 20, 2017
vulindlela says:
Congrats!!
Posted on: Jul 20, 2017
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