Jerusalem is a city of contrasts. It’s old, it’s new, and everything in between. Some people are armed with Holy books teaching peace, while others are armed with fully automatic weapons. From flowers to barbwire, you never know what you may find. Below is a collection of photos that I took that define Jerusalem; at least to me. Enjoy…
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Church of the Holy Sepulchre
This church is said to be located on the site that Jesus was crucified and is also said to contain the tomb in which Jesus was buried. The church is considered one of the most holy sites for many Christians and the building is shared by several Christian churches. This has caused disagreements and has led to all out brawls.
Mount of Olives
The Mount of Olives is named after the grove of olive trees that once covered its slopes. The mount has been used as a Jewish cemetery for over 3,000 years and contains around 150,000 graves. It is also described as the place from which Jesus ascended to heaven marking it a very Holy place for Christians.
The Israeli Museum
One of our favorite places to visit in Jerusalem was the Israeli Museum. It contains artifacts from the area going back to early man. It also contained the Dead Sea Scrolls, which after taking a few photos I was reminded by the security guard that photos were not allowed.