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.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Bible Land Preserve, Jerusalem Zoo: Hippopotamus or Biblical Behemoth. Archaeological evidences from Ramat Aviv indicate that Hippopotamus lived in the swamps of Yarkon river during the times of Biblical Judges (3000 years ago).

  
15Behold now behemoth, which I made with thee; he eateth grass as an ox.
 16Lo now, his strength is in his loins, and his force is in the navel of his belly.
 17He moveth his tail like a cedar: the sinews of his stones are wrapped together.
 18His bones are as strong pieces of brass; his bones are like bars of iron.
 19He is the chief of the ways of God: he that made him can make his sword to approach unto him.
 20Surely the mountains bring him forth food, where all the beasts of the field play.
 21He lieth under the shady trees, in the covert of the reed, and fens.
 22The shady trees cover him with their shadow; the willows of the brook compass him about.
 23Behold, he drinketh up a river, and hasteth not: he trusteth that he can draw up Jordan into his mouth.
 24He taketh it with his eyes: his nose pierceth through snares.
(Job 40:15-24).

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