Walking Through Jerusalem, Part 2

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The second day of the trip was by far the most culturally rich day of the tour. I will discuss matters of culture in a separate post later this week, but for now, as you scroll through these images it is effortless to begin soaking in the diverse nature of Jerusalem city-life. Some of my favorite captures from the tour are encompassed within this day.

We began at the Temple Mount and then made our way through the Old City, stopping at significant spots along the way. These included the Pool of Bethesda, several Crusader and Byzantine churches, and a traditional location of Christ’s trial, before arriving at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the place where Golgotha stood. We ended the day witnessing prayers at the Western Wall.

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We saw several parades of young Jewish boys “marching to Zion” for their Bar Mitzvah celebrations. Family surrounded them with clapping and smiles; some were overjoyed and others were very serious.

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View of the Western Wall from the entrance ramp to the Temple Mount.

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(Me) Standing with entrance six in the background.

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A Mosque now sits where the Temple would have stood in the 1st Century

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There are eight entrances to the upper courtyard.

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Courtyard of St. Anne’s with beautiful garden and church next to the Pool of Bethesda.

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Pool of Bethesda; You can see the extensive land fill that covers areas of Jerusalem from the time of Jesus.

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The group took a moment inside St. Anne’s to sing a hymn with the beautiful acoustics.

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Walking along the “traditional” route of Jesus’ walk toward Calvary.

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There were sections of pavement with the carvings of game boards (“casting lots”) made by Roman soldiers.

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Sweet capture of a mom and daughter from the PNW that made the trip together. I enjoyed getting to know members of our tour from all over the States!

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Jerusalem’s Old City

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Church of the Holy Sepulchre

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Visitors line up to pray and kiss the rock of Calvary.

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Prayers at the rock believed to be where Jesus’ body was wrapped.

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One of our brave tour members having a moment in a Roman tomb!

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Shops of all kinds were spread throughout the winding alley ways of the Old City.

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The passion of those praying at the Western Wall was so moving.

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View of the Mount of Olives from the site thought to be where the High Priest Caiaphas lived.

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Last stop of the day was at a lesser known area of the wall. One of the Florida College professors explained how this area could have also been a possible spot where Jesus’ trial took place.

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