Friday, November 18, 2011

Old City Jerusalem

Much of what we saw in Jerusalem was inside the walls of the Old City.  This area has changed over thousands of years, ruled over by many different groups of people.  Today it is shared by the Jews, Muslims, Christians and Armenians.  And much of it is dedicated to souvenier shops.  But, we spent a day and half exploring the area and learned alot about the history and the important events that occurred there.

A view of the Old City
Dome of the Rock on the left
Where Muhammed ascended to heaven
and Abraham sacrificed the ram instead of Isaac

A mural depicting life inside city walls in Roman Period
Our kids kind of blend right in!

Dome of the Rock framed by Hassidic Jews

Western Wall and the Temple Mount
Western Wall is the only remaining portion
of the 2nd temple built by Herod

Small church dedicated to St Peter
stands where St Peter denied Jesus a 3rd time

A portion of original stone wall where Jesus stumbled
while carrying the cross.  His hand left imprint.
Here Simon was pulled from the crowd to help
carry the cross.

The spot of the crucifixtion
now inside the Church of the Holy Sepulcher
The actual top portion of Mt Golgotha
is visible and accessible below the shrine

The stone on which Jesus' body was laid to 
prepare for burial
Also inside Church of Holy Sepulcher

 The shrine surrounding the tomb
which is now encased in marble
also inside the Church of the Holy Sepulcher
I would like to go back to Jerusalem someday because you really need more time than a day and half to explore the old city well.  We sped through many sites and did not have time to wait in the lines to view the crucifixtion site or the tomb.  I'm sure we only saw about a 1/4 of the whole walled city.

1 comment:

Shmuel Browns said...

The small church renovated by Barluzzi is the Church of the Flagellation near the spot where Jesus was brought to Pontius Pilate. Over the altar is a gold mosaic dome that repeats the motif of the Crown of Thorns and 3 stainglass panels. Check out
There is a small image of a rooster and 3 stars under the roof line that refers to Peter denying Jesus 3 times before the rooster crows (but the church that commemorates that is Peter in Gallicantu).