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Israel 1: Jerusalem

Israel  1: Jerusalem

This is a pilgrimage tour of Jerusalem, which in the Hebrew language means the "city of peace." The capital city of Israel, it is over 4000 years old and the coveted sanctuary for Christian, Jewish, and Islamic faiths. Here we meet Daniel Rossing, Director of the Jerusalem Center for Jewish-Christian Relations, who begins our guide of the old walled city, which is only one square mile in size and made up of four quarters, the Christian in the northwest, the Muslim in the northeast, the Jewish in the southeast and the Armenian in the southwest. In the Muslim quarter is the Dome of the Rock, the third holiest site in the Muslim religion; this is where Muslims believe the prophet Mohammed ascended to heaven. We view the Retaining Wall of the ancient Jewish Second Temple, a Bar Mitzvah at the famous Western Wailing Wall, Israel's most sacred site; the Via Dolorosa, or Path of Sorrow, the route Christ followed from the site of his condemnation to the site of his crucifixion and grave, here we find the 14 Stations of the Cross; the Garden Tomb, believed by many to be the possible site of the resurrection of Jesus. We meet Yossi Heksh, the General Manager of the famous King David Hotel, which offers excellent views of the Old City. We see the Citadel, or Tower of David, which was built by Herod the Great as a royal palace; the Church of the Dormition, where, according to tradition, Jesus' mother, Mary, died; nearby is King David's Tomb and the Room of the Last Supper (aka Coenaculum); St. Andrew's Church, the Montefiore Windmill, the Mount of Olives. Lastly, one cannot leave without learning of the many gates within the wall that surrounds Jerusalem's Old City. Here, we see the sealed Golden Gate, where Jews believe the Messiah one day will enter Jerusalem; also the Northern Gate, which was built during the reign of the Turkish sultan Suleiman the "Magnificent." 02/10 IJSCA 15 min.
Also See: Israel: Holy Land, Heavenly Voices; Israel: Jerusalem - The Golden City; Israel: The Battle for Jerusalem; Israel: The Ark of the Covenant; Israel: Stories From the Holy Lands

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