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, July 31, 2013

THROUGH THE LAND OF ISRAEL III-Time for a new avatar?

There was a time when when this blog was uploaded with more than 250 posts per month, and it has declined into a meager 1-2 posts now. The main reason for such a downfall is because I don't live any more in the ’Holy Land’ to walk ’Through the Land of Israel'. Moreover, I didn't want an abrupt ending to the blog. An alternate option for me is to widen the area of exploration outside Israel to Europe with a special emphasis on the Jewish heritage monuments and Holocaust memorials. Since Jewish diaspora in Europe is immensely spread out and my resources and time are limited; I would be most content if at least some of the major Jewish sites in the continent are covered. As a starting step, I am uploading one of our recent adventures in Norway to trace the background of a young Jewish girl Ruth Sakolsky who died in the Auschwitz concentration camp.

The Story of Ruth Sakolsky (1940-1943).