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Exploring Mount Zion in Jerusalem, Israel

ISRAEL | Friday, 1 March 2013 | Views [830]

A priest standing in front of his small church

A priest standing in front of his small church

 

Day 3: Monday 26 December, of my adventure

The rain finally let up so this morning I took the hostels free city tour, it is a 3hour walking tour that was very informative and we had a great guide that made it a lot of fun!

A small church we passed

These wooden crosses are used by pilgrims when they walk through the city

The narrow streets of Jerusalem

We walked through little alleyways and past so many old buildings it was a bit overwhelming.

 Just before entering the Old City

Walking through Jerusalem

Walking through Jerusalem

Stunning windows in The Old city

Beautiful old doors are found throughout the Old City

The Western Wall or Wailing Wall of Jerusalem

We went to the Western Wall where everyone goes to pray. I also put a small paper with a prayer in the wall, they say you have a better than average chance then that it will be answered.

 The Western Wall or Wailing Wall of Jerusalem

At The Western Wall

Me in front of the Western Wall

At The Western Wall or Wailing Wall of Jerusalem

I met a Canadian Girl that morning, Bobby, she was also staying at the hostel and decided to join me for the days outing.

The two of us took a small local bus number 75 up to Mount Zion. We went into the Mosque of Ascension where there is supposed to be a footprint of Jesus in stone. Couldn’t actually make out the footprint, it looked distorted but was still interesting.

Mosque of Ascension

Paternoster church

Paternoster church

 

Paternoster church

Inside the Paternoster Church

Unfortunately the Church of Ascension was closed for the day. We walked down the mount and entered the Paternoster church where the Lords prayer is in tablets in every known language. This church is built over a cave in which Jesus was said to have taught the disciples the prayer that begins "Our Father who art in heaven". It was absolutely beautiful and I even found the prayer in Zulu and Afrikaans.

The Paternoster in Afrikaans

 Walking through the Paternoster church

Leaving, we stood looking out over the graves that fill the side of the hill right next to the city and enjoyed the stunning sunset.

Watching the Sunset over the Old City

Watching the Sunset over the Old City

Looking out over The Old City of Jerusalem

Graves fill the side of the hill right next to the city

Graves fill the side of the hill right next to the city

Graves fill the side of the hill right next to the city

Graves fill the side of the hill right next to the city

Right after sunset we went into the Garden of Gethsemane, the last remaining rays shining through the trees and we watched the sun disappear behind the olive trees and the Old City walls.

The Church in the Garden of Gethsemane,

There are eight olive trees in this garden that may be at least 2,000 - 3,000 years old. They still bear fruit. If they are not the actual trees in the area where Jesus prayed, then they could have been young saplings when Jesus came here with the disciples on that night after the Last Supper.

 Inside the Church of Gethsemane,

 The Church in the Garden of Gethsemane,

Stunning end to a great day!!

Tags: church of ascension, gethsemane, israel, jerusalem, mount zion, paretnoster, photography, tour, travel, western wall

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