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 5, 2010

VISITING BETH HATEFUTSOTH or DIASPORA MUSEUM, TEL AVIV (22nd JANUARY, 2010). Sorry Friends No Photographs To Upload-Blame Me!

It is said that Israel has more museums per capita than any other country in the world. Some of world's best museums related with bible, archaeology and history of Jewish people are in Israel.  However, I personally don't prefer visiting museums in Israel for the purpose of blogging; just for the simple reason that almost all of them won't allow you to photograph inside the museum! Exceptions are always there and one such is 'Beth Hatefutsoth'/'Nahum Goldmann Museum of Jewish Diaspora' or simply the 'Diaspora Museum' in Tel Aviv.

Established in 1979, the 'Diaspora Museum' exhibits the life and culture of Jews exiled for 2000 years in different countries with the help of models, films, recordings, and a wide variety of exhibits. The museum is one of the best resources that explains Jewish Diaspora in the most simple and entertaining way. Yes, photography was allowed at least informally inside the museum. I was busy visiting various pavilions with a good mood to share what I learned with you. Tell you what happened, something of this sort has never happened with me. Unfortunately, I deleted the folder with all photographs taken from Diaspora Museum permanently from my camera; without even realizing that I didn't have a backup! Sorry folks, for time being no uploads from Diaspora Museum. May be, if time permits I will try to visit the museum again and be back. Till then I am just sharing the itinerary, and you can go through the museums official link:

Brief Itinerary
06.40-Sede Boker-Metropolin 60
07.30-Beer Sheva CBS-Egged 370
09.20-Tel Aviv CBS-Egged 531
09.55-Azrieli Center-Egged 74A

10.10-Beit Hatefutsoth or Diaspora Museum-13.15

13.15-Beit Hatefutsoth-Egged 274
13.40 Azrieli Center-Dan 60
14.05-Tel Aviv CBS-Egged 370
16.00-Beer Sheva CBS-Metropolin 60
16.50-Sede Boker

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