December 30th, 2014: Today we spent all of our time in the Old City. Because I’m running out of time, this will be short and sweet.
First: Breakfast in the Jewish Quarter.
I could eat baklava every day!
This was the street level at the time of Christ, and this Roman sidewalk was the market area.
This is a remnant of the wall that surrounded Jerusalem during the 1st Temple period.
New apartment buildings in the Jewish Quarter were built after the 1967 war.
Then on to the The Herodian Quarter in the The Wohl Museum of Archeology,
where they have excavated the homes of High Priests at the time of Christ.
These are vessels for the high priests, and were considered “pure” because they were made of stone.
The Golden Menorah, intended for the third temple.
My girls at the Western Wall.
These Israeli flags are flying in the Muslim Quarter.
At one time, wealthy Jews were coming in and buying property in the Muslim Quarter.
It is apparently against the law now, but the hold outs fly their flags proudly.
One of our favorite dishes in Israel.
We had a scary moment today! We were in the Muslim section of the Old Town (i.e. a tiny alley way with 100’s of people) and started hearing loud explosions. Our guide stopped and looked around and found some fireworks and pointed them out to us. He explained that they are normally against the law, so even he was surprised. Then, all the sudden, there was a group of men jogging at a quick pace towards us yelling “allahu akbar.’ At this point I got pretty freaked out and ran the girls into another side alley way. Turns out it was a funeral, and we saw that the men who were jogging were carrying an open casket with a body in it. They continued to yell and shout as they passed us. Our guide said that there are normally more police in a situation like this, so he was surprised that there was no warning. We are feeling pretty grounded and reminded of where we are today.
We found the police after the funeral procession..
Our guide asked for a photo.
You can still see the apprehension in the girls faces.
This woman was NOT happy with me taking her photo.
Dormition Abby marks the spot where Mary was supposed to have died.
The Church of the Holy Sepulcher in the daylight.
This time we went inside and learned all about the history of the church.
Again, not a big fan of the churches and/or icons that were built after Christ,
eps. since there are so many that claim to “know the location.”
It is interesting and beautiful…
and apparently contentious.
See the later above the arched doorway? (above)
No one will move it, because they can’t remember which denomination put it there.
I’m not covering most of what we saw and learned today, but it was really a wonderful time!
Our guide, Michael, was amazing.
It was late by the time we got to dinner, but we ate at one of our favorite places at Mamilla Mall.