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.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

MERRY CHRISTMAS 2009 FROM BETHLEHEM.

Christmas and if you are in Israel, where else you can celebrate other than in Bethlehem. We spent the whole night in the Nativity Church of Bethlehem during this Christmas eve. Though we couldn't attend the Latin Mass; after 2 am the church was opened for the non-ticket holders and we were lucky enough to be there till 6 am. I have uploaded three short movies made inside the grotto/cave of Bethlehem where Jesus was born. Since I am way behind uploading photographs, give me more time to come with the X-Mas 2009 snaps from Bethlehem. Till then do enjoy the videos. The links are as follow:


1). http://www.youtube.com/user/lajupaulk3#p/a/u/1/9kEv9r7XvG0

2). http://www.youtube.com/user/lajupaulk3#p/a/u/0/Nh5R_pvQNs4

3). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cdqIT9GjWRQ

BEN-GURION MEMORIAL DAY CELEBRATIONS: BEN-GURION'S TOMB-SEDE BOKER. 23rd NOVEMBER, 2009.

David Ben-Gurion (1886-1973) is the Founding Father and the First Prime Minister and First Defense Minister of the Modern State of Israel (1948-1953 & 1955-1963). Every year, the 6th day of the Jewish month Kislev (N0v-Dec; the Hebrew date of his death ) is celebrated as Ben-Gurion Memorial Day. The day is celebrated in Sede Boker near the t0mb of Ben-Gurion with an official ceremony attended by all the high ranked political figures in Israel including the President, Prime Minister, Defense Minister and Chief of General Staff of Israel Defense Forces (IDF). For me its the second time to be part of the 'Ben-Gurion Memorial Day 'celebrations in Sede Boker. As all the big names of Israeli politics assemble in the gathering, one can expect the extremely high level of unprecedented security measures adopted. Find a few photographs taken from the function.

From the Ben-Gurion Memorial Day Celebrations:Ben-Gurion's Tomb, Sede Boker.

1P: Nothing special: just a snap of a climber near my apartment.

2P: A typical view from the Sede Boker Campus.

3P: Look for the baloon installed just above the venue of Ben-Gurion Memorial Day celebrations.
4P: I have been told that the baloon supposedely have devices to get a bird's eye view of the whole area. Yes you have guessed it right. It is a step for strengthening the overall security, as all the big shots of Israeli politics arrive at this day to Sede Boker.

Entering the venue of Ben-Gurion Memorial Day Celebrations (after clearing three layers of security):Ben-Gurion's Tomb, Sede Boker.




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From the Ben-Gurion Memorial Day Celebrations:Ben-Gurion's Tomb, Sede Boker.



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Shimon Peres-The President of Israel. At the Ben-Gurion Memorial Day Celebrations:Ben-Gurion's Tomb, Sede Boker.



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Benjamin Netanyahu-the Prime Minister of Israel. At the Ben-Gurion Memorial Day Celebrations:Ben-Gurion's Tomb, Sede Boker.





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The Duo Together: Ben-Gurion Memorial Day Celebrations: Ben-Gurion's Tomb-Sede Boker.





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Gabi Ashkenazi-Chief of General Staff of Israel Defense Forces; Attending Ben-Gurion Memorial Day Celebrations in Sede Boker.


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The Other Dignitaries Attending Ben-Gurion Memorial Day Celebrations: Ben-Gurion's Tomb-Sede Boker.






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The Audience: Ben-Gurion Memorial Day Celebrations: Ben-Gurion's Tomb-Sede Boker.



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David Ben-Gurion Memorial Day Celebrations: Ben-Gurion's Tomb-Sede Boker.



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Ben-Gurion Memorial Day Celebrations from Ben-Gurion's Tomb-Sede Boker.



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