Updated: Jan 15, 2018
On Thursday we spent the day touring Jerusalem. We had an amazing tour guide – she knew so much! As you can imagine, we packed a lot into our day, so this post might be a little longer. I will try to make it mostly pictures.
We started our day in Yad Vashem at the holocaust museum. The museum is designed in a triangular, tunnel like form. It has “fault lines” throughout that lead you to go through every exhibit as you make your way towards the light at the end of the tunnel, literally. Not surprisingly, it was very sad and depressing.
After the museum we went and had a picnic lunch in the rose garden by the Knesset, the Israeli legislature, and then headed off to the market in “modern” Jerusalem (the specification will make sense in a bit):
And lastly, we went to the old city, which was my favorite part of the day. We saw the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. According to Christian tradition, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher was built on the site of Jesus’ crucifixion. He was also buried there. The church is split by all different sects of Christianity, each one having its own piece of the church. The key to the church is held by, wait for it, a Muslim family, so that none of the different sects try to take a part from another.
We spent a little time in the market in old Jerusalem, which I thought was nicer than the other market we visited.
Then we went to the top of the old city, where we saw the Dome of the Rock and the Olive Mountain, where Jesus is said to have resurrected from.
Lastly, we went to the Western Wall, or the Wailing Wall – which is a holy place for the Jews since it was part of the Temple. People write wishes and prayers on pieces of paper and put them into the cracks in the wall. After you've stuck your pieces of paper in the cracks, you walk away backwards from the wall, so as not to turn your back on it. The emotion in the atmosphere was overwhelming.