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2 Days in Jerusalem

The Golden MenorahJerusalem is a city rich in history and culture, and is one of the holiest city in the world. It is home to many sacred sites, including the Western Wall, Mount of Olives, and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

Crossed into Israel  from Amman Jordan, my Hostel in Amman has arranged for a cab till the border for around $20, on the way to the Israel we passed Mount Nebo, cab driver pointed at the location. Mount Nebo mentioned in the Bible as the place where Moses was granted a view of the Promised Land. 

Get ready for your ears to pop as you are going to be on some of the lowest roads in the world, don't have an exact number on how much below sea level. 

Wrote 2 small posts on border crossings between Israel  and Jordan.

1. How to cross the border from Amman Jordan to Israel  http://goo.gl/TLdb8C

2. Crossing from Eilat Israel to Aqaba Jordan http://goo.gl/wOzUwC

When you get off the Mini Bus if coming from the border, the bus will drop you off at the Damascus Gate. The Damascus Gate is one of the main entrances to the Old City of Jerusalem. The gate is the largest of the seven open gates to the Old City. It's been in its current form since the 1500's

Damascus GateDamascus Gate

Places to visited

Transportation - Jerusalem is well connected by Light Rail, did take the rail one time, Though most of my time was spent in the old city walking.

Wailing Wall

The Western Wall, also known as the Wailing Wall, is a limestone wall in the Old City of Jerusalem. It is the last remaining outer wall of the ancient Jewish temple, About 10 minutes from the Damascus Gate. There is a different section for Women and Men.

Walk streets of The Via Dolorosa

The Via Dolorosa is a street in Jerusalem, this is the street Jesus walked on the way to his crucifixion carrying the cross. There are stations with number and the history behind the station.

station 4 via dolorosaVia Dolorosa
The Second Picture above and the picture below is Station 4 where Jesus met his Mother Mary on his way to the crucifixion carrying the cross. 

Also take a few breaks at tea shops and watch the people go by.

Church of the Holy Sepulchre 

This is a Greek Orthodox Church, And the burial site of Jesus. There were huge long lines to go in, I didn't bother to get in the long line.

Holy Sepulchre

Picture taken at the The Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem and to the right is the Stone where Jesus was laid to rest after his crucifixion. No I didn't carve my name on the stone, that's just a watermark.

Also went to see The Cenacle, site of The Last Supper and king David's Tomb.

Statue of King David playing the harp on Mount Zion

King David's Tomb

King David's Tomb, below Zion Gate to the Jewish Quarter

Dormition Abbey

This is the final resting place of Virgin Mary

Dome Rock 

I had been walking the old walled city of Jerusalem all day, by the time I got there it was passed 4 PM and non Muslims were not allowed in. So get there early.

I spent the night at a friends place outside the Old City and we Went for a night out in Jerusalem for dinner and drinks. Stopped at a Windmill in Jerusalem, the windmill is from the 1850's to allow residents to mill their own flour.

From Jerusalem took bus 444 from Jerusalem to Eilat, and crossed the border to Jordan.

2nd picture above is Eilat.

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