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, April 15, 2011

Rose Graden-Ramat HaNadiv Memorial Garden


The Ramat HaNadiv Gardens and Nature Reserve spread in 1,100 acres are dedicated to Baron Edmond de Rothschild (1845-1934) whose philanthropic efforts and visionary zeal have contributed so much to the establishment of modern Jewish State that he has been awarded honorary titles like 'The Famous Benefactor' and 'The Father of Yishuv' in Israel. In David Ben-Gurion's words (Israel's Father of Nation): “I doubt if one can find, in the entire history of the Jewish people in the Diaspora – a period of almost two thousand years - any person who equals or who can compare with the remarkable figure of the builder of the Jewish settlement in the renewed homeland in our day, that of Baron Edmond de Rothschild.”

The remains of the Baron and Baroness were brought to Israel on April 6, 1954, greeted with sirens and a nineteen-gun salute. The Rose Garden with a wide variety of roses includes six pools with fountains, the pools represent Rothschild and his five sons. Being a holiday, the tombs were not open to public and we missed the opportunity to visit his grave. See more on my blog entry:









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