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What a full day.

We started early at the Garden Tomb. This is a place where many people believe the crucifixion and burial took place since it was put forward as a possibility about 150 years ago. It is beautifully kept and the guide there more preached than guided and it was lovely.


Then we went to the top of he Mount of Olives for a panoramic view of old Jerusalem.


Down at the bottom of the slope is the Garden of Gethsemane.


On to the Wailing Wall. As it was a Monday, several Bar Mitzvahs were taking place we said prayers there and left a written prayer for our family in a crevice between the stones.


The we walked into the old city, passing some of the Stations of the Crosson our way to lunch.


After lunch we walked to the Church of the Sepulchre, the place that has been held for centuries to be where Jesus was crucified, buried and raised. It is a church of crusader times and occupied by six different Christian churches who are famously unable to get along well. In the 1890s one of the priests put up a ladder above the front door to do something. But the others objected when they saw him and made him come down immediately. But then they could not agree who should go up to bring the ladder down, and it is still there today. We went in but the line to see the sepulchre was at least two hours long so we didn’t see it.


Then we walked along to see the rebuilt upper room of the last supper. It was just a rather large unremarkable room. It is located immediately above the Tomb of David.


Finally we walked on to the location of the house of Caiaphas where Jesus was taken after his arrest. There is a large Church of the Denial built above it today.


This was the end of a very long day and the final day of our Israeli tour. We had dinner with our group and fell fast asleep.

Posted by JimShirl 10:12 Archived in Israel

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