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.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011


The Biblical Zoo in Jerusalem (The Tisch Family Zoological Gardens) was the most popular tourist site in Israel in 2009

Brief Itinerary
06.40-Sede Boker-Metropolin 60
07.30-Beer Sheva-Egged 470
09.30-Jerusalem CBS-Egged 26

09.45-Jerusalem Biblical Zoo-13.40

13.40-Jerusalem Zoo-Taxi
14.00-Jerusalem CBS-Egged 470
16.00-Beer Sheva-Metropolin 60
16.50-Sede Boker

The Tisch Family Zoological Gardens or Jerusalem Biblical Zoo

Walking inside the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo

Walking Inside the Jerusalem Zoo Contd.

Views from Jerusalem Zoo

Members of Jerusalem Zoo (Near Entrance).

 Cotton-Top Tamarin
 Long-Eared Owl
 Fat Sand Rat
Golden Spiny Mouse

Common Chameleon @ Jerusalem Zoo

"And the ferret, and the chameleon, and the lizard, and the snail, and the mole" (Leviticus 11:30).

Snakes @ Jerusalem Zoo. "Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made" (Genesis 3:1).

Palestinian Viper
"They hatch cockatrice' eggs, and weave the spider's web: he that eateth of their eggs dieth, and that which is crushed breaketh out into a viper" (Isaiah 59:5).
  Ravergier's Racer
Burmese Python
Sinai Desert Cobra

Frogs and Locusts@Jerusalem Zoo: Remember the 10 Plagues of Egypt.

Levantine Frog
2nd Plague: "And the river shall bring forth frogs abundantly, which shall go up and come into thine house, and into thy bedchamber, and upon thy bed, and into the house of thy servants, and upon thy people, and into thine ovens, and into thy kneadingtroughs: And the frogs shall come up both on thee, and upon thy people, and upon all thy servants" (Exodus 8:3-4).

8th Plague: "4 If you refuse to let them go, I will bring locusts into your country tomorrow. 5 They will cover the face of the ground so that it cannot be seen. They will devour what little you have left after the hail, including every tree that is growing in your fields. 6 They will fill your houses and those of all your officials and all the Egyptians—something neither your parents nor your ancestors have ever seen from the day they settled in this land till now.’” Then Moses turned and left Pharaoh" (Exodus 10:4-6).

Pygmy Marmoset, Golden-Lion Tamarin and Agouti @ Jerusalem Zoo

Pygmy Marmoset

Golden-Lion Tamarin

Nile Crocodile@Jerusalem Zoo

More Members, Jerusalem Zoo Contd.

Black Handed Spider Monkey@Jerusalem

Squirrel Monkey@Jerusalem Zoo

Cheetah@Jerusalem Zoo