Day Twenty-Six, March 26th, 2012

April 18, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

On the lower slop of the Mount of Olives is the Garden of Gethsemane.  Some of the olive trees are over 2000 years old - perhaps this tree was one that Jesus rested under or that His disciples slept against.  The church you see in the background is the Church of All Nations.

Inside the church when looking at the exit you see the light streaming in and inspiring the imagination and artistic eye.

 

The Kidron Valley between the Mount of Olives and the Old City walls has been beautifully manicured leading your eye up to the Eastern Gate / Golden Gate - where Jesus upon His return will have His triumphal entry.

 

Another view of the Kidron Valley leading down towards David's City.  So that you can get your bearings... The Old City Wall is on the right.

The cone shaped structure is the Tomb of Absalom and is the first of three major tombs as you go down the valley.

 

In behind Absalom's tomb are hundreds... perhaps thousands of Jewish graves that face towards the Eastern Gate where they also believe the Messiah will walk through.

 

Just down the path on the right are the other two major tombs that Jesus would have walked by

 

On the left is the tomb of the Sons of Hezir and on the right is tomb of Zechariah.  The pyramid shaped top shows the influence of Egypt at the time this monumental tomb was constructed.

 

No security is around these tombs and you can spend as long as you want exploring them.  This is looking out from the Tomb of the sons of Hezir.  

 

Looking the other way there is an opening that leads to several tombs.... perhaps this is where they laid the "sons".  It was very dark in here so I had to use my tripod with a long time exposure and my flashlight to light up the right side of the image.

 

This final shot shows part of the wall that Israel is erecting around Arab communities in close proximity to Jewish communities.  On the other side of the wall is Bethany where Lazarus lived and was raised from the dead.

 

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