Mount of Olives panorama

Mount of Olives panorama
A panoramic view of the Mount of Olives

Friday, December 23, 2011

Busy Day with Lindsay

Mother was not feeling well Friday (12/23/11) and was not up to much walking and climbing, so I left her at home with Rachel to rest and help Elaine with much of the Christmas cooking.  On the other hand, I took my niece, Lindsay, into Jerusalem for a really busy day.

First, we went to the City of David, the oldest area of Jerusalem that became under King David the first capital of united Israel (see earlier blog posts here and here).

Of course the biggest draw of the City of David is walking through Hezekiah's Tunnel (once again, the history of this site and my walk through it with Rachel have been described here).

Water dripping from the roof of the tunnel

Sometimes the tunnel roof is quite low

Sometimes quite high!

The current exit of the tunnel in the Byzantine-era Pool of Siloam
Mural of what the Second Temple-era Pool of Siloam looked like

Lindsay in the corner of the Pool of Siloam that has been excavated.  This was the scene of the healing of the man born blind from John 8.
Next Lindsay and I entered the Jewish Quarter through the Dung Gate, and I walked her up and down through that area, where we saw remains from the First Temple Period (a portion of Hezekiah's city wall), Maccabean ruins, Herodian remains, and the Cardo, or main street of the Roman city built after A.D. 135 (which became the later Byzantine Christian city).

Dung Gate, the main entrance to the Jewish Quarter
Remains of the Roman Cardo

Eric giving his Roman buddies a thumbs up before a mural depicting the Cardo during the Roman era

We tried to do the second half of the rampart walk, from Jaffa Gate to the Lion's Gate, but it was too close to the start of the Jewish sabbath, so it was closed.  After a late lunch in the Muristan, right off of the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, Lindsay and I walked to the Via Dolorosa, where we joined the Roman Catholic Stations of the Cross procession.  Very interesting.

The Stations of the Cross procession ending before the Aedicule or tomb shrine in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre

Hurrying back through the Jewish Quarter, Linds and I saw the beautiful site of young children in the windows and on the balconies of apartments lighting their Hannukiah.  In the Western Wall Plaza we met some friends and then met Mother and Rachel at the Dung Gate, helping Mom up to the wall.  She said that going up to the wall to pray was one of the moving moments of her life.  Because it was Sabbath and the holiday, we could not take pictures of videos there.

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