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, July 16, 2011

'Cove of the Sower'-view from Arbel Cliffs. The cove of sower is the place from where Jesus spoke to a large crowd as recorded in Mark 4:1-20; Matthew 14:1-15 and Luke 8:4-10.

"And he began again to teach by the sea side: and there was gathered unto him a great multitude, so that he entered into a ship, and sat in the sea; and the whole multitude was by the sea on the land. And he taught them many things by parables, and said unto them in his doctrine. Hearken; Behold, there went out a sower to sow:  (Mark 4:1-3)".

The special acoustics of the area has been researched by B. Cobbey Crisler  and according to him around 5000-7000 can assemble here and can still be audible by a person speaking from the cove (published Biblical Archaeologist, 1976 issue; 39 (4): 128-141). I suggest you to go through 'BiblePlaces.com' for great pictures of the site and to hear an audio file recorded. 


 1. Mount of Beatitudes; 2. Tabgha; 3. Cove of the Sower; 4. Capernaum; 5. Bethsaida

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