Friday, August 21, 2009

Day 76, Jerusalem, Israel

People have been writing about Jerusalem for the better part of its 3000-year history, but still our first glimpse from the Mount of Olives has left us speechless.

The Dome of the Rock is absolutely stunning!

Jerusalem is a spiritual centre, holy to not one, but the three great monotheistic faiths, Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

That three religions have assigned so much importance to a solitary city makes Jerusalem one of the most fascinating places we have visited!

Let's take a quick walk around guys.....

There are Christians quietly praying in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre,

Jews weeping by the Western Wall and

Muslims prostrate before Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Defying warfare and time, Jerusalem's architecture remains in remarkable shape – we could get lost in its labyrinth of alleys and bustling bazaars.

The Old City is surrounded by relics of ancient and modern times.

Jerusalem, or Al-Quds as its known in Arabic, has an inevitably powerful effect on its visitors, breeding political activism, religious fanaticism or simply a greater appreciation of the magnificent tide of human history.

A city we will most certainly have to return to, to do the walk on the Via Dolorosa- (Latin for Way of Grief or Way of Suffering) is a street, in two parts, within the Old City of Jerusalem.

Since the 18th century,it has been traditionally held to be the path that Jesus walked, carrying his cross, on the way to his crucifixion....

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