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, April 2, 2010

WISH YOU ALL A VERY HAPPY EASTER

I have now the privilege to attend three consecutive 'Good Fridays' (2008-2010) in Jerusalem on the traditional spot where Jesus was crucified and buried. This year we also participated in the 'Holy Thursday' celebrations in Jerusalem. I will update most of the photographs later as I am way behind the schedule. However, just to make you feel the vibe of 2010 'Passion Week', find uploaded a few representative snaps taken during the 'Holy Thursday' and 'Good Friday' celebrations from Jerusalem.


1P: Courtyard of the 'Church of Holy Sepulchre' on Good Friday 2010.
2P: Walking the 'Way of the Cross' or 'Via Dolorosa' on Good Friday.
3P: From the Roman Catholic (Franciscan) Good Friday Services inside the 'Church of Holy Sepulchre'.
4P: Franciscan Priests Proceeding to the 'Church of Holy Sepulchre' for Good Friday services.
5P: Ancient olive Trees From the Garden of Gethsemane on Holy Thursday (2010) Night.
6P: The Basilica of Agony, Gethsemane on Holy Thursday (2010) Night.
7P: Inside the Holy Sepulchre Church on Holy Thursday.
8P: From the Roman Catholic (Franciscan) Services of the 'Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament' conducted inside the 'Holy Sepulchre Church' on Holy Thursday 2010.

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