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.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

An 1800-year- old Roman column used as lamp-post for a bar in Jerusalem! Located inside the Old City near Jaffa Gate, the column honours the legate of 'Septimius Severus Caesar' and was erected on 200 AD.


  1. That is an awesome find! I know it must be somewhere in the Christian quarter, but where is it?!

  2. Hi Aaron,
    Thanks for popping by my blog. The Roman column is located in the 'Greek Catholic Patriarchate Road'. If I remember correctly, it is the first side street to the Christian Quarter,immediately after the Jaffa Gate. The best way is to locate, 'New Imperial Hotel' or 'Versavee Bistro, Bar & Cafe', both easily identifiable from Jaffa Gate, and the column can be spotted in the middle of their courtyard.


  3. Very cool. I'll be in the Old City on Wednesday and I'm gonna go check it out.