Disclaimer: before you begin to look at my pictures and see some really cool things I want you to realize that a lot of these sites and artifacts are argued over. What I mean is that some Bible scholars believe that Jesus was crucified in one location and others think it was some where else. So when you look at these pictures take them with a grain of salt. Because the most important thing is not seeing the exact spot where Jesus was buried it is that Jesus was buried and rose again to conquer sin. Keep perspective as you view the pictures.
|Jerusalem is about 1 hour from the host family I am staying with. |
I get one day off a week so they drove me up to the city for my day off.
I saw this sign and started to get really excited.
|This is thought to be the spring that Mary visited to get her water everyday.|
The outside stone is new, but the original well is behind it.
|We stopped at this ice cream place to get a cone to walk around with.|
I picked cookie monster. yummmyy!!!
|According to tradition, this is where Mary met her cousin Elizabeth and sang a hymn of praise.|
Found in Luke 1:39-56
|I was not able to visit all of these places because of time, but |
I hope to later on. I just thought you should see them.
|Statue of the meeting.|
|A well inside the visitation. Nothing explained|
|This is a sunset from the city of Ain Karem. These are the Jericho|
mountains. How cool?!?
|This is the church on the location where John the Baptist was Baptized.|
It was closed when I showed up but I took some pictures from the outside.
|This is the church from the outside.|
|This was my room at the hostel called Abraham Hostel. I|
stayed with a two guys. One from Ireland and the other from
Canada. They were great guys.
|Some of the signs in the hostel. I thought they were pretty|
|The tour begins and the best thing is it was free!!|
|The outer wall of the old city. There are bullet holes in the|
top of the stone from the 1948 war.
|This is the Tower of David. But it was actually built by King Herod.|
But during the Crusades the soldiers saw the magnificence of the
tower and instead of asking a local who built the tower
they assumed it was built by King David.
|This is Mount Alirot St. the name comes from the mountain|
that many believe Noah's ark stopped on. It is in present day Turkey.
But was at one time in Armenia.
|The street sign.|
|The Syrian Orthodox Church. This church advertises that it has|
the upper room where the last supper took place, but only
the Syrians believe this.
|Amazing view from the rooftops of Jerusalem. It is almost the|
exact same picture on the back of the 50 shekel bill. The picture
on the 50 shekel bill is of an author named Oren neu dag.
He wrote a book in 1954 about his beloved city that won
him the Nobel Peace Prize.He begins the book, "Jerusalem, a
city connected by its rooftops but seperated by its inhabitants."
This is still true today.
|A picture of what it might have looked like.|