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Thursday, February 9, 2012

A few pictures from Jerusalem...


I took a zillion pictures in Jerusalem 3 years ago, so I'm trying not to take too many this time around.  Here are just a few with some snippets about life there...

One of the most prominent land marks in Jerusalem is the Dome of the Rock, Islam's third most sacred place after Mecca and Medina.  This picture is taken from the Church of Peter of Gallicantu and in the foreground, you can see the Palestinian village of Silwan.   The way you can tell it's Palestinians living there: the houses have water tanks on them.  Israel controls the water supply and in Palestinian areas it is limited.  Israeli homes don't have water talks- they can get as much water as they want at an time.  

A few of us visited Silwan and I'll be writing about it soon...






Mondays and Thursdays are big days for Bar Mitzvahs and anyone who can do so, has this special celebration at the Western Wall.  At the Dung Gate, the gate closest to the Western Wall, there are musicians waiting to escort the boy and family the wall.  If only I had a video for you to hear it...



 Another boy being carried into the Western Wall area...



Cats are everywhere, much to the chagrin of some and the delight of others, like me.  Most are feral, but some actually let you pet them.  I hung out with this group (many of whom are behind the fence you see on the left), since some of them were all about getting petted.  It was nice to have some cats to pet, since I miss my own.


 I couldn't resist taking a few individual shots...


There is beautiful art everywhere you look.  This is in the Church of the Dormition, where the Virgin Mary was believed to have died.  I was here 3 years ago, but I don't remember seeing this.  It's below one of the many mosaics in the church.


Another detail from the same work...


This is one of the doors from the Church of Peter of Gallicantu.  The church is built around where Jesus was believed to have been betrayed by Peter as well as the house of Caiaphas, where Jesus was believed to have been held after his arrest. .  I love this door, I think because it reminds me of my dad's art...


I especially love this face.  There is just something about it that draws me in... In the picture above you can see it in context.

That's all for now! 

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