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, January 31, 2010

From an Orthodox Jewish Neighbourhood of Jerusalem.

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A Church from the Christian Quarter, Old City-Jerusalem.

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From the Old City of Jerusalem.




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Orthodox Jewish Celebrations@Jewish Quarter. Old City, Jerusalem.



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Orthodox Jewish Celebrations@Jewish Quarter Contd. Old City, Jerusalem.



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Orthodox Jewish Celebrations@Jewish Quarter Contd. Old City, Jerusalem.




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Hurva Square, Jewish Quarter-Old City, Jerusalem.

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From the Compound of Ramban Synagogue (built by Nahmanides in 1261), Jewish Quarter, Jerusalem-the oldest active Synagogue in Old City of Jerusalem.


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CARDO, Jewish Quarter: the Byzantine (6th Century AD) Jerusalem's Super Highway (Equivalent to a four-lane highway today). Measures 70ft breadth.



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The Broad Wall (by King Hezekiah in 8th C. BC; Nehemiah 3:8), Jewish Quarter-Jerusalem. One of the fewest '1st Jerusalem Temple' structures discovered

The wall measures 23 feet width, 23 feet depth and 215 ft length.
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Foundations of Second Jerusalem Temple's (516 BC to 70 AD) Street in the Hurva Square, Jewish Quarter, Old City, Jerusalem.


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Remains of Tiferet Israel Synagogue (built 1871), Jewish Quarter, Old City-Jerusalem. The Synagogue was destroyed by Jordanians in 1948.

1P: Tiferet Israel Street, Jewish Quarter-Jerusalem.


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From the Alleys of Jewish Quarter, Old City, Jerusalem.






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A Hanukkiyah (8-branched candelabrum used for hanukkah celebrations) from the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem.

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From the Western Wall of Jerusalem-the most sacred site of Judaism. Pictures from the 6th Day of Hanukkah Celebrations.



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