JERUSALEM-the 50 sites you may overlook

In a historic and religious city like Jerusalem there is so much to see no matter how much you tour. When time is a limiting factor, even the most efficient tour guides have to compromise while deciding what to incorporate in the itinerary. Although it depends on the interest of the individual visitor as well, there is still a huge must-see-list in Jerusalem that cannot be avoided. At every stop so much information is thrown on a visitor that sometimes s/he tends to forget the details after leaving the place.

I remember when I first visited the Church of Holy Sepulcher, it appeared to me more like a small museum than a church. I was virtually clueless inside a dark and dull overcrowded massive complex of more than 25 chapels with several curious artifacts and antiques scattered under some dusky arches and dingy columns. It took me at least three visits with a proper map in hand to understand the Church complex. A normal visitor for instance would be satisfied with Golgotha, the ‘Stone of Unction’ and the ‘Holy Sepulcher’, but the oldest part of the complex, viz. the first century tombs inside the Syrian Orthodox Chapel could be easily missed.

In the upcoming posts I plan to upload 50 such sites from Jerusalem that I believe can be easily overlooked or go unnoticed by an average visitor. I am incorporating the following sites from my previous visits, again with no specific order of importance. I am sure that a serious traveler who loves history, traditions and the Bible has noticed or been to most of them.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

YOKNEAM-On the Way to Beit Shearim.

Yokneam Illit is a modern town in Israel located at the base of Mount Carmel. The town was established in 1967 near ancient Tel Yokneam-biblical Jokneam. Crusaders called Yokneam as "Cain Mons", or "The Mountain of Cain", since according to a tradition, Cain, son of Adam was killed in this site (Genesis 4: 23-24). In Bible, Jokneam appears four times viz, Joshua 12:22; 19:11; 21:34 and I Kings 4:12. Yokneam was one of the 31 cities that assembled their forces to fight against Joshua and the Israelites but were defeated. The city appears in list of cities that were conquered in 1468 BC by Egyptian Pharaoh Thutmose III. Archaeologists have recovered findings dated 4500 BC from the site.

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