Day Twenty-Five, March 25th, 2012
I'm finally home, settled in and ready to complete my trip blog - I was so good for the first 24 days... Here goes day 25 of 31:
As you enter the south side of the Old City of Jerusalem through the Dung Gate you are greeted on the right with what was the Temple Mount. Some think that this corner is the "Pinnacle of the Temple" that Jesus was taken to and satan told Him to jump off to show the world that He is the son of God. However, most think that it is the corner on the southeast side that I showed on my day 16 post.
Just down the side of the wall and past the ramp that is covered up is the Wailing Wall and the entrance to tunnels under the Arab Quarter of the old city. I have so many more photos... but this is a blog not a photo album. I will have all my best Israel photos up on my website by June 1st.
Here is the tunnel that runs all along the Temple Mount wall.
Most women pray at the wailing wall but some walk the tunnel to this location. It is the closest place to where the Holy of Holies was on the Temple Mount that women can get to today.
As you continue down the tunnel you walk through what was a channel for water to flow into the city from large cisterns under the Church of the Sisters of Zion. Also under the church is part of the Antonia Fortress, Roman - age street paving and where the Romans kept their prisoners. It is felt that Jesus was imprisoned here... mocked and beaten. See Blog day 14 for pictures from under this structure.
This road is the Via Dolorosa. This road is where Jesus would have walked with His cross. Here you can see some of the old arches from the time of Christ covering what was the way of the cross.
You can also enter the old city by the Jaffa Gate. You will pass by David's Citadel as you enter the Jaffa Gate. Surrounding it is a moat and angled walls.
Located just inside the Jaffa Gate about 200 hundred meters up and on your right is Christ Church. Great place to have a lunch, stay in their guesthouse or spend some quiet time in the chapel. It is the oldest Protestant Church in the Middle East. It was completed in 1849 and soon after became known as the "Jewish Protestant Church"
As you enter and leave the church you are reminded of this scripture.
Here is a link to their web site: http://www.cmj-israel.org/CMJMinistries/ChristChurch/Overview.aspx
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What tour company did you join? Most Christian tour don't even visit the Holy of holies. I don't know why? It is not part of their itinerary. They also don't visit the actual site where Jesus was baptize and the first miracle of Jesus where He change the water into wine in Cana.
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