Tour of the Old City in Jerusalem

Trip Start Jul 28, 2012
Trip End Ongoing

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Sunday, September 2, 2012

This was such a blast! For 200 Shekels each, which is about 50 dollars, we took a guided tour of The Old City in Jerusalem. The Old City is what most people think about when they picture Jerusalem. Within the square mile, walled city, there are the most holiest sites for Christianity, Judaism, and the third most holiest site for Islam. 

The soldiers in the first picture are part of the Israeli Defense Force (IDF). Notice all of the weapons? The IDF take there weapons everywhere. Its not uncommon to see them walking around town with their weapons, especially in Jerusalem and even on the beach in Tel Aviv. Everyone in Israel is required to serve in the military, women for 2 years and men for 3. They take their weapons everywhere with them, even home.

The archeological site was pretty interesting. It has been discovered within the last 50 years and was an open air market as well as the main road through Jerusalem.

Going into the room of the Last Supper was probably one of the neatest parts of the trip. Although the building has been reconstructed since the time of the Last Supper, this was the same area that it took place, pretty neat!

The Dome of the Rock is the third most holiest site in the Islamic religion. The Western Wall is where Jews from around the world come to pray.

The next few pictures are from the Via Dolorosa. This is the path that it is believe that Jesus took after he was condemned until his death. It was unbelievable walking along the path and thinking about what took place here.

Notice all of the bullet holes around the Zion Gate? This is a very important location in Jewish history. This is the point where the Israeli Paratroopers in 1948 during the War of Independence broke through the Arab lines and entered the Old City. Up to this point, the Jewish people had been forced out of the Old City

The two Tombs in the one picture are for the original architects of the Walls of the Old City. It is believed that Pontius Pilate cut their heads off after they created the walls. Some say that Pontius Pilate was so please with the walls (the biggest and most spectacular of the time!) that he did not want them to be able to create anything better, so he cut their heads off. On the other hand, some say he was extremely disappointed and chopped their heads off because of that...

The last two pictures are of the Western Wall. Notice how the women get a very small area of the wall to pray while the males get a huge portion of the wall? The Western Wall was really neat to see. Many people write a little note and place it in the crack of the wall while you see others crying uncontrollably, hence the "Wailing Wall".

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