Jerusalem Part II

Back in Jerusalem, we spent a day at the holy places of Islam, Christianity, and Judaism. In the midst of a bad dry spell, we couldn't begrudge the city a rainstorm.

Dome of the Rock

The Dome of the Rock, on the Temple Mount, is the third-most sacred site in Islam. The building dates back to the 8th century; the mass of tourists and hustling guides is both ancient and modern.

Dome of the Rock detail

Church of the Holy Sepulchre



Not far away, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre is venerated as the spot where Jesus was crucified, buried, and resurrected. Left, looking up towards Calvary. Below, the shrine around the tomb.

The Holy Sepulchre itself

Then we went to the Western Wall. In the downpour, it was virtually deserted - a rare site. But still, several men came up to me asking me to convert to orthodoxy. Later, we retreated to a cafe in the Jewish Quarter, and drank tea as we watched the wet people go down to the Wall.

Old City in the Rain

Back to the Dead Sea   Onwards to Eilat

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