Jerusalem is mind- boggling ancient. Its walls and streets and courtyard and hilltops have seen thousands of years of life, but the white stone structures still stand tall and strong and will be there many thousands of years after all of us. The beginning of time (and religion as we know it) story that is Jerusalem is too complex for me to attempt to describe here, but click here if you’d like the facts. Scroll down here if you’d like to see my pics.
Let’s start with the historical stuff…
The Kotel or Western Wall, so named because it is the western, and last remaining, wall of the Second Temple. It is the holiest Jewish site and people come to pray at the wall and leave notes in its cracks.
Al-Aqsa Mosque or Temple Mount, the third most holy site in Islam.
Old City walls leading to Jaffa Gate
Jerusalem Old City
Sites seen. Now on through the bustling streets in the Muslim quarter of the Old City. By now you know that I love markets…
The municipal complex and street art along Jaffa Street.
This is Israel. Guns are a common sight. And not just any guns. Soldiers have to carry their M16s around with them wherever they go. I’ve seen an off-duty soldier walking down the street holding his girlfriend’s hand, with his gun hanging between them. Soldiers in uniform guarding the city gates. And this soldier came along to a barbecue where his gun and beret became objects of a photo shoot. Only in Israel.