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, December 10, 2010

REVISITING CAESAREA NATIONAL PARK (28th March, 2010).

Brief Itinerary
06.30-Sede Boker-Metropolin 60
07.30-Beer Sheva-Egged 370
09.40-Tel Aviv-Egged 852
11.25-Hadera-Nateev 76
12.30-Caesarea

12.30-Caesarea National Park-18.30

19.30-Hadera-Egged 921
21.30-Tel Aviv-Metropolin 370
23.00-Beer Sheva-Metropolin 60
23.50-Sede Boker

After some 17 months I am back in Caesarea. Nothing much has changed except for the heat this time. Since I already knew the complications in reaching Caesarea via public transport, planning was carefully done so that we didn't miss any of the interconnecting buses especially the one from Hadera. Accomplished our mission with much satisfaction as we got 6 hrs on site. A day trip that lasted from morning 6 am to midnight.

You can go through the October archive of lajupaulk2.blogspot.com for my earlier visit.
I highly recommend the online article by Sacred Destinations
A very informative and concise information on the History of Caesarea. An excerpt from the link on Caesarea's Christian angle:

"Christianity was established in Caesarea in the 1st century AD and it is the setting for several events recorded in Acts. Herod's health began to decline after this (Acts 12:19-23 says he died at Caesarea, being "eaten of worms"), but his great city did not. It became an official residence of Roman governors (such as Pontius Pilate), played a significant role in the lives of the Christian apostles, and became an important Byzantine cityIn Acts 10, St. Peter has a vision that leads him to Caesarea, specifically to the Roman soldier Cornelius, to preach to the Gentiles for the first time. Philip the Evangelist lived in Caesarea with his four daughters (Acts 21:8). From here St. Paul sailed for his native Tarsus when forced to flee from Jerusalem (9:30), and here he landed when returning from his second missionary journey (18:22). In Acts 24-25, Paul was imprisoned here for two years. He demanded a trial because of his Roman citizenship, and was duly sent to Rome where he was executed around 59 AD. Some of Paul's letters to Christian communities may have been written in Caesarea".

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