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Jerusalem

Date of my visit: 20th February 2014

 

Visiting Israel for football of course mean a chance to visit some of the holiest places in the world as well. I decided to make sightseeing trips to Bethlehem, the Dead Sea and Jerusalem. First up was the trip to Jerusalem and I have to admit I was as excited about this as I was when I visited Rome for the Champions League final a couple of years ago. With its uniqe history Jerusalem must be one of the most interesting cities in the world .

 

My alarm buzzed at 06.00 on Thursday morning. An hour later I was picked up by Bein Harim tours. We were in Jerusalem around 9am and the following hours were one of the most interesting in my life. Jerusalem is a city with so much history, so many holy sites it felt like walking in a historical movie.  The Western wall is the most holy site in Judaism, next to it is the golden dome (Dome of the Rock), the third most holy site in Islam. Standing at the Plaza looking down at these sites felt overwhelming. Wearing a Kippah I went down to the wall myself putting in a wish written down on a piece of paper. 30 minutes later we walked on Via Dolorosa before visiting the place where Jesus was crucified and then laid to rest. Overwhelming was the word!

 

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View of Jerusalem

 

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View of Jerusalem

 

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View of the Old city

 

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Dome of the Rock

 

jaffa gate, outside

Outside Jaffa Gate

 

jaffa gate, inside

Inside Jaffa Gate

 

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Jaffa Gate                                           Armenian Quarter

 

david tower

David Tower

 

roman street

Remains of a Roman street

 

golden menorah

Golden Menorah

 

synagogue

The biggest synagogue in the Jewish Quarter

 

al aqsa mosque

Al Aqsa Mosque with the huge Jewish cemetery in the background

 

temple mount

Temple Mount

 

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Western Wall and Dome of the Rock

 

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Western Wall and Dome of the Rock

 

western wall plaza

Western Wall Plaza

 

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Western Wall

 

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Western Wall

 

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Bridge to Temple Mount

 

muslim quarters

Muslim Quarter

 

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Via Dolorosa

 

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Via Dolorosa

 

handprint of jesus

Handprint of Jesus

 

simoni cyrenaeo

Simon of Cyrene, helped Jesus with the cross

 

church of the holy sepulcher

Church of the Holy Sepulcher

 

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The place where Jesus was crucified

 

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The place where Jesus was taken after death

 

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Resting place for Jesus

 

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Church of the Holy Sepulcher, rotunda