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.

Sunday, October 24, 2010


Brief Itinerary


05.30-Sede Boker-Metropolin 6o
07.20-Beer Sheva Central Train Station
10.15-Port Inn, Haifa
11.00-Carmely Subway
11.10-Louis Promenade-Bahai Gardens-1330
13.30-Bahai Garden-Egged 23
14.00-German Colony-Egged 114
14.15-Cave of Elijah, Stella Maris Monastery, Mount Carmel, Haifa Beach-20.40


8.15-Port Inn
9.25-Akko Bahai Garden
9.30-Akko Bahai Garden-11.00
11.00-Walked to Akko Old City
11.50-AKKO Old City-18.30
19.45-Port Inn


11.15-Rosh HaNikra-14.00
14.00-Rosh Ha Nikra-Nateev 33
14.25-Nahariya-Egged 271
15.33-Haifa Ha Mifratz CBS-Egged 103
16.30-Haifa Central Train Station-Egged 103
17.10-Haifa Hof Carmel CBS-Egged 910
19.05-Tel Aviv CBS-Metropolin 370
21.00-Beer Sheva-Metropolin 60
21.50-Sede Boker

The Journey Begins from Beer Sheva Central Railway Station.

Port Inn Guest House, Haifa.

Flowers @ Port Inn Guest House, Haifa.

The Carmelit, Haifa. One of the smallest subways in the world with 4 cars, 6 stations and an 1800 meters long tunnel. The altitude difference between the first and last stations is of 274 meters.


Haifa from Bahai Gardens.

1P: The tall tower like structure in  background is 'The Shrine of Bab'-the second holiest site of Bahaism.

Haifa from Bahai Gardens Contd.

Haifa from Bahai Gardens Contd.

The Upper Entrance to Bahai Gardens-Haifa.

The 19-terraced Spectacular Bahai Gardens of Haifa. This UNESCO World Heritage site includes the second holiest site of Bahaism and with no doubt a photographer's paradise. I have almost used the same angle but from different terraces.