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.

Monday, April 5, 2010

WADI QELT or NAHAL PERAT

Wadi Qelt is a valley in the West Bank, passing through the Judean Desert between Jerusalem and Jericho. A historic valley associated with Hasmoneans (2nd-1st Cent. BC) and King Herod (1st Cent. BC). Parts of the valley are inside the 'Nahal Prat Nature Reserve' in Israel. The region used to be a popular hiking route, however due to security issues not a preferred trail any more. The valley is also identified as the venue associated with several incidents mentioned in the Holy Bible:

1) David’s flight from Absalom (2 Samuel 15-16)
2) Zedekiah’s flight from the Babylonians (2 Kings 25:4)
3) 'Prat' where Lord told Jeremiah to hide his loincloth (Jeremiah 13:5)
4) Jesus’ travels from Jericho to Jerusalem (eg. Luke 19:28)

The region of Wadi Qelt near St: George's monastery is more famously associated with:

5) 'The Valley of the Shadow of Death' (Psalms 23:4)
6) The cave where Elijah was fed by ravens (1 Kings 17:5-6)
7) The road mentioned in Good Samaritan Parable (Luke 10:25-37)
8) Joachim was announced by an angel that his wife Anne will give birth to  Mary (Virgin).

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