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, May 29, 2010

VISITING MAKHTESH GADOL (The Big Crater) & EILAT (Black Canyon & Yacht Cruise on Red Sea)-17th-18th FEBRUARY, 2010.

A two-day trip organized by the 'Sede Boker  Student Council' was an ideal opportunity for me to see the 'Big Crater' or Makhtesh Gadol and also to hike some  nearby areas which otherwise are not reachable via public transport. Although the highlight of the trip was the more touristic Eilat city, which has not much to offer in terms of biblical or archaeological dimensions; it was fun to be in a group with many known faces.

EILAT-the Southermost City of Israel;The ideal touristic hub.




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Eilat-an Israeli Touch.


 



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Eilat: a choice holiday destination for travelers from all over the world.




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Eilat: the most popular resort in southern Israel.



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Accomodation @ Eilat-Israel




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Eilat: Touristic City of Israel. Has also many natural wonders and attractions to offer.




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Cruises in the Red Sea, Eilat.


 



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From Eilat Port.




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From Eilat Port Contd.




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More from the shores of Red Sea, Eilat.


 



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