i got to spend 6 days of my trip in "The Holy Land" that is now Israel. The majority of that time was spent in Jerusalem (and more specifically, the Old City). It was surreal to walk through the streets of this city that has been around for thousands of years. A city that has been destroyed and rebuilt a handful of times, been besieged, attacked, captured and recaptured. It is a Holy Land for so many different religions. Prophets and Kings walked her streets. Her name is mentioned in scriptures of Christians, Jews and Muslims.
|Jerusalem as seen from the Mount of Olives|
|My first glimpse looking over Jerusalem|
|From the ramparts of the southern section of the city wall|
i also felt the pull of my blood and religious roots to the city. My ancestors, even Abraham and Isaac, walked this land. King David built his city here. Solomon constructed the temple that is at the roots of my temple worship today.
|The Western Wall|
|Standing in the ancient "City of David"|
|The Damascus Gate|
|Dome of the Rock|
|Me standing on Temple Mount looking toward the Mount of Olives|
i learned the history as i walked the streets above (and through tunnels below the streets). i witnessed the conflict of the persons living there. i felt the tension surrounding the city.
|In the "Western Wall Tunnels" touching the original wall from the Second Temple Period|
|Wandering the neighborhood streets|
|The Old City Souks at night as seen from above|
|From the Southern Ramparts|
|Chasing the sun in the Old City|
|Deserted market in the early morning hours|
|Vendors in the streets of the old city|
|Looking across Jerusalem from the Northern Ramparts|
|Walking the streets|
i am still amazed that i stood in front of places that i have seen pictures of for years.
|Listening to the call to prayer echoing over Jerusalem|
|In front of the Dome of the Rock|
|i was really there!|