Jerusalem - day two
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We started day two in Jerusalem by walking over to Dormition Abbey, a church built on the site where Mary (the mother of Jesus) passed away. From there, it was a short walk to David's Tomb. The room directly above David's Tomb is the room where Jesus had his Last Supper. From there, we walked to the Church of Saint Peter in Gallicantu. This church was built on the site where Caiaphas had his estate. It is the site where they first took Jesus after He was arrested and imprisoned for one night. Although the estate no longer stands, the prison exists and we were able to see the very room where Jesus was the night He was betrayed. This prison still exists under the church.
We then walked a short way up the hill to a small cemetary where Oskar Schindler is buried. His grave was easily recognizable by the stones placed there. If you watch Schindler's List, you'll know where the stones came from. Outside the gates of the old city is the site known as the City of David. This area was very important from the time of David to the time of Jesus. It is the place from which David entered Jerusalem and conquered it from his enemies. During the time of King Hezekiah, he built a tunnel in this area to provide water to the people. We had the rare opportunity to walk through this waterway.
Staying outside the old city, we walked to the Mount of Olives. On the Mount of Olives is the Garden of Gethsemane, the place where Jesus would go to pray and also the place where He took on the sins of the world. It was here that he was betrayed and arrested. This was another very powerful moment in our trip, one that I will never forget. We quickly visited Mary's tomb, where her body lay for many years.
On our way back into the old city, we entered through the gate where the Via Dolorosa begins. As it turns out, every Friday a Franciscan church walks the 14 stations of the cross, describing each station as they go. The 14 stations are the 14 key events that happened from the moment Jesus was condemned to death (that moment being station 1).
At dusk, the Sabbath begins all over Israel. At this point, the Jewish section of the city shuts down. Restaurants, transportation, everything. The Jewish individuals then get all dressed up in traditional attire and walk to their service at the synagogue. It was neat to see the men with their hats and hair curls, and the women dressed in their traditional dresses (as we walked around in t shirts and shorts!) We ended the evening eating tons of food for cheap at a small Arab restaurant just outside the old city.