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, February 14, 2010

VISITING BETHLEHEM & JERUSALEM FOR CHRISTMAS (2009) -24th & 25th DECEMBER.

You can go through the archives of my blog (August, 2009) for more photographs on Bethlehem, special significance to the Nativity Church. Do also find the following link on a brief history about the Nativity Church in Bethlehem.
http://lajupaulk3.blogspot.com/2009/08/visiting-church-of-nativity-birthplace.html

BRIEF ITINERARY

24th December, 2009

15.20-Sede Boker-University Bus
16.30-Beer Sheva CBS-Egged 470
18.50-Jerusalem CBS-Egged 20

19.10-Jaffa Gate-Old City-Damascus Gate-20.00

20.00-Damascus Gate-Arab Bus 21
20.40-Bethlehem

20.40 (24th December)-BETHLEHEM (Church of Nativity & Manger Square)-07.15 (25th December).

25th December, 2009

07.15-Manger Square-Shared Taxi/Bus 1
07.20-Beit Sahour

07.20-BEIT SAHOUR (Greek Orthodox & Catholic Shepherds Field)-10.10

10.10-Beit Sahour-Shared Taxi to Bethlehem Manger Square; walked to city center.
11.00-Bethlehem Town Center-Arab Bus 21
11.45-Jaffa Gate, Jerusalem.

11.45-Mamilla Shopping Mall, Jaffa Gate-12.30

12.30-Jaffa Gate-Egged 60
13.25-Jerusalem CBS-Egged 470
15.00-Beer Sheva-Metropolin 60
15.50-Sede Boker

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