Jerusalem – in a word: “old”

Today, we were incredibly fortunate to have a tour of Jerusalem from a a research fellow from the University of Haifa (it says so on his card). Haim was amazingly knowledgable, and showed us around Jerusalem. Having led archeological digs, Haim was a font of knowledge like no other. He was able to take us places off the beaten track, and explain little side bits that gave a picture not available elsewhere. While explaining things to us, we often noticed people leaning in to get snippets of what he had to say. He was very generous and happily answered any question posed to him.

Now, we know we have a young country, but when you see a church in which the youngest portion is 900 years old and has been in daily use since then, it changes ones perspective.

I’m not sure how describe the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Wikipedia lists it as having two of the holiest sites in Christendom – Golgotha (Calvary) and Jesus’ empty tomb, but in reality, it’s an indescribable experience, so I’ll leave you with these images.

Church of the Holy Sepulchre - side church Church of the Holy Sepulchre - main dome inside Church of the Holy Sepulchre - outside tower

     Aperture: ƒ/5 Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Copyright: Copyright Focal length: 24mm ISO: 10000 Shutter speed: 1/160s
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