Jerusalem…the sites

Although my main objective in visiting Jerusalem was to visit the Kotel, we also wanted to see as much as possible of the Old City and the area around it. The view above was taken from the public area in the rear of the Kotel. In the distance on the right is the Dome of the Rock which is located on the Temple Mount. Like many sites in Jerusalem, the Temple Mount is sacred to Jews, Muslims and Christians. Originally, it was the site of the great Temple of Jerusalem, the holiest place in Judaism. For Muslims, it is the site of the Prophet Muhammad’s journey to heaven described in the Qur’an. Finally, Christians revere it as a place frequently visited by Jesus and some believe it will play a major role in end-time events. We attempted to go to the site but it was closed for the day. We will return.

Outside the wall…

The city of Jerusalem is a mix of the old (very old) and modern. On this visit I tried to concentrate on shooting places that reflect the ancient history of this city. The street above was found outside the Old City. What struck me about this was that it was so empty and quiet, in stark contrast to the surrounding area. The Bizzart Studio, with it’s proprieter standing at the door, is a tattoo parlor. I found that very interesting as Jews are not allowed to have tattoos, yet this shop is within shouting distance to the Kotel.

Getting into the Old City…


This is the entrance into the Old City through the Jaffa Gate. The Jaffa Gate is the only one of the Old City gates positioned at a right angle to the wall. This could have been done as a defensive measure to slow down oncoming attackers, or to orient it in the direction of Jaffa Road, from which pilgrims arrived at the end of their journey from the port of Jaffa . There are 11 gates into the Old City. Today only 7 of them are open.

The Shuk…

To get from the Jaffa Gate to the Kotel we had to walk through The Shuk or Arab market. Everything and anything is sold there. The sites, sounds, and smells are intense. I loved it!



The Church of the Holy Sepulchre…

This is the site where it is believed that Jesus was buried. Just inside the entrance is The Stone of Anointing, which tradition claims to be the spot where Jesus’ body was prepared for burial.

This photo is hand-held at 2 sec.. I thought that the unexpected effects were worth sharing. Is that Mary on the right of the image?

Another image I thought worth sharing is of this Muslim woman cleaning the stone floors of the Church. Again this is hand held at a very slow speed.

The people…

Needless to say there are many people of different cultures, and religions in the Old City. Here is a look at some of them.

















For lunch I had falafel and orange juice…I know boring.

Eileen on the other hand enjoyed a liquid lunch.



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