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.

Friday, March 26, 2010

PREHISTORIC ROCK ENGRAVINGS IN MOUNT KARKOM. More than 40,000 engravings from 12,000 BC to Islamic Period!

Distributed in 218 sites and about 1300 rocks with more than 40,000 carvings, the rock art in Mount Karkom dates from the end of Pleistocene era (12,000 BC) to the Islamic period.

But most of the engravings you see today are from much later periods, viz. 4th millenium BC onwards. Mount Karkom has the highest concentration of rock engravings (petrogyphs) in Israel and the highest concentration of ibexes (wild goats) represented in rock than anywhere else in the world.

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