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.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
05.30-Sed Boker-Metropolin 60
07.15-Beer Sheva-Metropolin 370
09.10-Tel Aviv CBS-Egged 921
Walked (2 km) to Nahal Me'arot Nature Reserve
11.45-Nahal Me'arot Nature Reserve-14.25
14.25-Ein Karmel-Egged 921
16.30-Tel Aviv CBS-Metropolin 370
It all began in 1928, when the British were building a port in Haifa and the workers stumbled on prehistoric tools while digging rocks for the breakwater from the Carmel. Experts were called and in 1929, British archeologist Dorothy Garrod arrived at the site. She found the skeleton of a Neanderthal woman from Carmel Caves- the first ever to be discovered outside of Europe. Today, the Mount Carmel region has been excavated with more than 210 prehistoric sites. No wonder, ten years after excavating the Carmel Caves, Garrod became the first female professor at Cambridge. A very rare discovery providing evidence for continuous settlement in a single location for 800,000 years! With layers of civilization from 40,000 to 1,000,000 years Carmel Caves has the longest sequences of human occupation in the Levant.
Several pre-historic cultures viz.
Acheulean (500,000 to 1,000,000 years);
Mugharan/Yabrudian (400,000 to 500,000 years);
Mousterian (40,000 to 400,000 years) and
Natufian (10,000 to 12,000 years)
civilizations inhabited the caves.