|cave marking the birth place of Mary|
|Pools of Bethesda where Jessa healed|
|Stone from Jesus time at the Soldiers|
Headquarter. Notice the graffiti that marks a game they played
|Chapel of the Condemnation|
|The Way of the Cross, through the city.|
|Kelly at the 7th station of the cross leaning on a pillar that many|
think to be part of the old cities gate of Judgment. Leading
Jesus outside the city walls.
You then follow various stations of the cross, some are legendary, some mark points that we hear about in the Gospels (seeing the women along the way). The walk itself winds its way through the small alleys of the Old City past vendors and merchants of all kinds. The stations of the cross are either little niches in the alley or sometimes small chapels that you can enter and have a time of prayer. All along you are heading for the church of the Holy Sepulchre which holds both the place of Crucifixion and burial within its walls.
|The 11th station where Jesus is nailed|
to the cross (Inside the Church of the
|The place of Crucifixion. Kelly is reaching her hand through an opening that allows|
you to touch the rock of Golgotha, the place where the cross was placed and
where Jesus died. It is the 12th station.
|The dome above the chapel that |
marks the tomb of Jesus.
|Kelly about to enter the chapel erected over the tomb of Jesus.|
|Inside the 'tomb' of Jesus|
|I took this quickly while in the tomb of Jesus, this is the roof.|
|Entrance to the chapel of the Sepulcher, where one finds the tomb of |
Many folks don't like the Sepulcher because it has become a big noisy place filled with pushing pilgrims and squabbling religious orders--but it is an amazing place. I believe that you do indeed knell and touch the rock of Golgotha when there and also that you stand in the place where the women found an empty tomb--Alleluia!
|The place commemorating our |
Lord's body being prepared
|Indide the LUtheran Church of the cross. The ELCA staffs this chuch.|
We climed up the bell tower for a great view. Wiped me out!
Afterwards we went to the Lutheran Church of the cross, which is located right next to the Holy Sepulcher and climbed the tower--winded--for a wonderful view of Jerusalem.
|Jericho the oldest city on Earth--10,000 BC. Also the lowest at 1300 feet|
below sea level,
|The monastery marking the place of Temptation |
of Jesus by Satan. A monastery marks the spot.
|The spot marking the telling of Zaeccheaus being too small so climbing the tree to see Jesus.|
|Here in old Jericho some towers have dated back over 10,000 BC.|
Then it was off to our beautiful 4star imperial hotel.