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, December 27, 2009


David Ben-Gurion (1886-1973) is the Founding Father and the First Prime Minister and First Defense Minister of the Modern State of Israel (1948-1953 & 1955-1963). Every year, the 6th day of the Jewish month Kislev (N0v-Dec; the Hebrew date of his death ) is celebrated as Ben-Gurion Memorial Day. The day is celebrated in Sede Boker near the t0mb of Ben-Gurion with an official ceremony attended by all the high ranked political figures in Israel including the President, Prime Minister, Defense Minister and Chief of General Staff of Israel Defense Forces (IDF). For me its the second time to be part of the 'Ben-Gurion Memorial Day 'celebrations in Sede Boker. As all the big names of Israeli politics assemble in the gathering, one can expect the extremely high level of unprecedented security measures adopted. Find a few photographs taken from the function.

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