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