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.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

PURIM (ADLOYADA) CELEBRATIONS-CARNIVAL, SEDE BOKER (27th FEBRUARY, 2010).

It's my second carnival in Sede Boker for purim. Remind you purim is a festival commemorating an incident probably happened in the 5th Century BC as recorded in the Biblical Book of Esther: the deliverance of Jewish people from wicked Haman by Queen Esther. I am not adding more details about purim and the carnival in Sede Boker. You can follow this link where I have added more about the festival when purim was celebrated in Sede Boker in 2009: http://lajupaulk2.blogspot.com/search?q=purim

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