Jerusalem - The Holy City

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Wall of the Old City

The holy city of Jerusalem!  We arrived early in the morning from Tiberius to a massive bus station in the new city.  Since our hostel and almost all the sites are in the old city, we caught a bus that took us to the Jaffa gate.  Our hostel was right inside.  We dropped off our things and headed out into the city.  The old city is entirely walled in, so we went up on the wall and took a walk around the city, looking at the churches, dome of the rock, etc. as we went.  It was a great way to get a feel for the city, and our walk took us right to the entrance of the Wailing Wall.  It was neat to see all the Jewish people praying at the wall, as it is the only remnant of their temple to God.

Dome of the Rock on the site of the Temple Mount
  From the Wailing Wall, we thought it a good idea to head through the old city to find some lunch.  Little did we know that the entire old city is one large market (called a souq), and that this market is an endless maze of shops, each one looking like the previous.  After wandering the market for a while, we found a church with a large tower.  We went in, climbed the tower, and enjoyed the view of the city it had to offer.  We also used it to scope out a good place to eat some lunch!

After eating lunch, we headed back towards the Wailing Wall and took the ramp up to the Dome of the Rock.  This muslim dome sits today where the Jewish temples of old once stood.  We walked around for a good while and got some great pictures of the dome from the outside.

Church of the Holy Sepulchre
  It seemed that only muslims were allowed inside and we just didn't look the part.  Right at 2:00 in the afternoon, the area was closed and we were escorted off by police.  It seems that Friday (the following day) is a holy day, so everything closes early the day before.

From the exit of the Dome of the Rock, we walked over to Via Dolorosa - the way of sorrows.  This road is also known as the path Jesus walked when He carried the cross to the crucifixion site.  There are 14 stations on the way of sorrows which I will talk about a bit later.  Via Dolorosa starts at the site where Pilate's house once was and the place Jesus was flogged and beaten.  Near this site were the baths known as Bethesda, where Jesus performed many miracles, such as healing the blind and the lame.

Next, we wandered through the souq again, getting hopelessly lost.  Finally, a young boy showed us the way to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, a church built on the site where Jesus was crucified and buried.  What a powerful place!  To see the empty tomb...what a way to end our first day in Jerusalem!

lucylloyddavies says:
You're blog's really informative and interesting. Definately helps me in my planning! xx
Posted on: Jan 22, 2010
tweedcouch says:
Im also inspired, thanks for sharing!
Posted on: May 04, 2009
kingelvis14 says:
You are right ~ Jerusalem is a place of wonder and amazement. To think that Jesus walked these very streets on the Via Dolorosa ~ no words to describe the feeling
Posted on: Jan 07, 2008
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Wall of the Old City
Wall of the Old City
Dome of the Rock on the site of th…
Dome of the Rock on the site of t…
Church of the Holy Sepulchre
Church of the Holy Sepulchre
Walking the walls around the city
Walking the walls around the city
Jesus was laid on this stone after…
Jesus was laid on this stone afte…
Garden of Gethsemane from the Temp…
Garden of Gethsemane from the Tem…
Via Dolorosa
Via Dolorosa
Station 1 on the way of the cross …
Station 1 on the way of the cross…
Station 4 on the way of the cross …
Station 4 on the way of the cross…
Entrance to the Church of the Holy…
Entrance to the Church of the Hol…
Via Dolorosa - The Way of Sorrows …
Via Dolorosa - The Way of Sorrows…
View of Jerusalem
View of Jerusalem
Dome of the Rock
Dome of the Rock
The Souq (outdoor market)
The Souq (outdoor market)
Dome of the Rock
Dome of the Rock
Wailing Wall
Wailing Wall
View of Jerusalem
View of Jerusalem
Church of the Dormition of Mary
Church of the Dormition of Mary
Tomb of Jesus
Tomb of Jesus
Via Dolorosa - The Way of Sorrows …
Via Dolorosa - The Way of Sorrows…
Bethesda (Jesus performed miracles…
Bethesda (Jesus performed miracle…
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