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, August 6, 2010

The Mysterious K Line from Mount Ramon. Its actually a wall from Early Bronze Age (more than 4000 years old), 4.6 km long and connects the two tallest mountains in Negev, viz. Mount Ramon (1037 M) and Mount Romem (1022 M).

Where is this mysterious line in the following snap? Its a bit tricky to explain...let me try my level best. Look at the edges of the mountain. We are actually looking towards Mount Romem from Mount Ramon. Almost at the center of Mount Romem, a bit towards the right you can see a building connected by a road from down. Immediately left to this structure there is a small protrusion on the mount. From this projection, look down and you can see a faint black straight line running towards you. 

Why K-line is so special? Its actually an ancient wall constructed by an unknown people and till date no one has a clear cut answer for why it was made. Archaeologists have uncovered many standing stones along the wall, said to have deep religious significances. Another interesting observation shows that the direction of this wall is directed to the exact spot where the sun goes down in the longest day of a year i.e. 21 st June. Moreover, at June 21, shadow of the sun directly falls on the wall. 
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