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.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010


Armon Hanatziv (Commissioner's Palace) was the British High Commissioner's house in Palestine before 1948 and presently the UN forces' Middle East headquarters. The place is more famous for its 1 km long promenade known by the same name or simply "Tayelet" (Promenade) in Israel; offers one of the most beautiful views into Jerusalem, especially to the Temple Mount areas. The promenade itself is made of three walkways viz. Goldman, Haas and Gabriel Sherover Promenades. There is even a 4th walkway called Trotner, which I suppose we missed. Due to its strategic location for all three monotheistic religions,  Israeli government has massive construction plans to convert the area into a truly touristic hub in future. Follow the photographs below for an overall view of Jerusalem.

Brief Itinerary
06.30-Sede Boker-Metropolin 60
07.40-Beer Sheva-Egged 470
10.10-Jerusalem CBS-Egged 8

10.40-The Armon HaNatziv Promenade (Tayelet)-13.45
13.45-Walking through Jerusalem Old Railway Station,  Bloomfield Garden, Mishkenot Shananaim, Yemin Moshe, Montefiore Windmill, Herod's Family Tomb, Mamilla Cemetery, Mamilla Pool to Jaffa Gate-14.00

14.00 Jaffa Gate-Egged 60
14.35-Jerusalem CBS-Egged 470
16.30-Beer Sheva-Metropolin 60
17.20-Sede Boker

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