The spring where Mary met Elizabeth when they were both pregnant. The church of The Beatitudes. Very lovely. Groups praying in the gardens. As we were leaving a woman was reading The Beatitudes to a group. Lovely. Tabgha. The sit of the loaves and fishes. Capernaum. An ancient fishing village bas been excavated here. … More Important sites in Israel
The Atlit detention camp is located south of Haifa, close to the coast. It was established by the British in the 1930s to house the illegal Jewish immigrants who had started to arrive from Europe and hoped to enter Palestine. It is here that many of the post war illegal refugees from Europe were processed … More Atlit detention camp near Haifa
Bethlehem is in Palestinian territory which has a high concrete wall around it, several kilometres from Jerusalem. Our Israeli guide can only take us to the carpark at the gate as Israelis are not permitted into Palestine. We were picked up by an Arab with a Honduras passport who took us to the Church of … More The reality of visiting Bethlehem
We went to the Holocaust Museum. It is built on a mountain just on the outside of Jerusalem. On the very top is a building with ashes from the concentration camps. No other building onthe mountain is to be higher. A litle lower down the mountain is a building built like a big Toblerone that … More Yad Vashem. The Holocaust Museum. Jerusalem.
Yesterday in 35 degrees we toured the old city. Below are a few photos I have time to post. The sreet outside our hotel The view from the Mount of Olives Garden of Gethsemane The rock where the body of Jesus was annointed. The Western Wall The Dome on the Rock.
We departed Eilat in a dust haze and it kept up all day to Jerusalem. We hope it is better tomorrow. We visited Masada which is the place where King Herod had a palace high up on a mesa. It is also the place where Jewish people held out against the Romans. The Romans beat … More Israel – Masada and Qumran caves.
Hello all, Petra was settled by the Nabeteans several centuries BCE. It was a great trading centre. Trading east to India and west to Rome. our first glimpse. The treasury We then hired a donkey driver to take us to the Monastery. our Indiana Jones moment. The donkeys walked up lots of steps, Rob’s donkey … More Jordan – Petra
OK, this was one of the big ones. There is lots of evidence that this is the site of Jesus’s baptism. Jordan river has slightly changed its course, the pool it is green, muddy and altogether not nice. The photo of me is putting my feet into the historical river Jordan. It was about 36 … More Jordan – The Baptism Site.
Roman city of Jerash is about 50k from Amman. It was first settled about 100 BCE. It became a great city of 25000 people. In about 125 CE Hadrian came for a visit and they built the magnificent arch to celebrate his visit. It been Christian city. and then became a Muslim city. There are … More Jordon. The Roman City of Jerash
The harem is the private area of the Sultan and his family. It also held about 300 concubines who has been brought to the palace as slaves or captured from the Eastern European countries. Although the Harem is large it must have been very busy with all those people. Below are some photos of the … More Istanbul – The Harem in the Topkapi Palace