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.

Monday, December 13, 2010

VISITING JERUSALEM (MAUNDY THURSDAY & GOOD FRIDAY)-1st to 2nd APRIL, 2010.

It's my third consecutive Good Friday in Golgotha and 33rd visit to Jerusalem! What can I say. I Just want to thank God for enabling me achieve this marvelous feat. I have always entererd Jerusalem from south. Approaching Jerusalem from Beer Sheva is an amazing experience. While you climb the steep Highway 1 surrounded by pine-forests on each side, slowly emerges a city neighbourhood outlined by hills.The feeling perhaps fits with the Psalmists reference: "As the mountains [are] round about Jerusalem, so the LORD [is] round about his people from henceforth even for ever"(Psalms 125: 2). Once you are inside Jerusalem, it doesn't matter if the city is congested, crowded or noisy; what prevails is its powerful history and sacredness beautifully blended with the emotions of millions carried out through generations. All I can say is once you are in the Holy City, you are becoming part of it's eternity.

Brief Itinerary

01-04-2010
10.40-Sede Boker-Metropolin 60
11.30-Beer Sheva-Egged 446
14.05-Jerusalem CBS-Egged 60
14.30-Old City
14.35-Holy Sepulcher-18.00; Night at Gethsemane.
Stay at Hebron Youth Hostel, Old City.

02-04-2010
07.00-Holy Sepulcher-10.30
10.30-Old City (Via Dolorosa)
13.00-Jaffa Gate-Egged 20
14.00-Jerusakem CBS-Egged 470
16.00-Beer Sheva-Metropolin 60
16.50-Sede Boker

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