Trip Start May 25, 2008
12Trip End Jun 05, 2008
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Our day began by going to the Old City early, which was good because of the holiday and it will get very crowded later in the day. Wow, it was something to walk through the city and see the different cultures and religions within the walls. It was amazing. We went to the Via Dolorosa, a road that shows the stations of the cross. Each Friday at 3 pm priests lead a procession along the 14 stations of the cross. We went to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, built about AD 330, it is the holiest church in the Holy Land
Up to the 1800's, the Old City was all that existed in Jerusalem, after that they started building outside of the Old City walls. Jerusalem has been destroyed 17 times. Most of the current walls were built 360 years ago.
We saw the church of St Anne, built in honor of Anna, Mary's mother. The church was built in the crusader times.
We saw the Pools of Bethesda, where Jesus healed a paralytic (John 5:7-9).
Then, we went to The Garden Tomb, a 1st century tomb discovered in 1867. It was excavated in 1891, and meets the specifications of where Jesus was buried: it is close to the site of the crucifixion, outside the walls of the city, hewn from the rock, a tomb made for a rich man, and located in a garden. We then went to the top of the Mount of Olives. We looked down on the Judgement Valley (Kidron Valley), where all of the nations will be judged by God. The Mount of Olives overlooks the Old City of Jerusalem from the east. Dominus Flevit is a chapel that marks the place where Jesus wept at a prophetic vision of Jerusalem lying in ruins (Luke 19:41-44). The top of the chapel is shaped like a teardrop
Today's hebrew word: lehitra'ot see you later