JERUSALEM-the 50 sites you may overlook

In a historic and religious city like Jerusalem there is so much to see no matter how much you tour. When time is a limiting factor, even the most efficient tour guides have to compromise while deciding what to incorporate in the itinerary. Although it depends on the interest of the individual visitor as well, there is still a huge must-see-list in Jerusalem that cannot be avoided. At every stop so much information is thrown on a visitor that sometimes s/he tends to forget the details after leaving the place.

I remember when I first visited the Church of Holy Sepulcher, it appeared to me more like a small museum than a church. I was virtually clueless inside a dark and dull overcrowded massive complex of more than 25 chapels with several curious artifacts and antiques scattered under some dusky arches and dingy columns. It took me at least three visits with a proper map in hand to understand the Church complex. A normal visitor for instance would be satisfied with Golgotha, the ‘Stone of Unction’ and the ‘Holy Sepulcher’, but the oldest part of the complex, viz. the first century tombs inside the Syrian Orthodox Chapel could be easily missed.

In the upcoming posts I plan to upload 50 such sites from Jerusalem that I believe can be easily overlooked or go unnoticed by an average visitor. I am incorporating the following sites from my previous visits, again with no specific order of importance. I am sure that a serious traveler who loves history, traditions and the Bible has noticed or been to most of them.

Sunday, July 19, 2009


After three consecutive Jerusalem trips it was high time for a change. I went for the Kibbutz Sede Boker option; located at a walkable distance from our campus. Almost a year have passed since I paid my first visit to to the Home of David Ben-Gurion in Kibbutz Sede Boker. It took approximately 40 minutes of pleasant walk through the fields near our backyards to the kibbutz. Before entering the kibbutz, we spent a quality time exploring the Rafi Garden. An open garden deep inside the desert, with more than 15 species of deciduous trees full of fresh delicious fruits-appeared to me like a mini Eden Garden. Hats off to the Israeli technology, considering the fact that these desert areas are very dry and hardly receive an annual rainfall of 100 mm. The following few snaps are taken from the Rafi Garden, Ben-Gurion's Desert Home and from the kibbutz as such. Big thanks to you Ram for organizing this short yet interesting trip.

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