Old City

Last Saturday morning, we trundled out of bed and headed for the Old City, a section of Jerusalem that’s about one kilometer square. Separated into the Jewish, Muslim, Armenian, and Christian quarters, the Old City surrounds Mount Moriah (the Temple Mount), a site holy to both Muslims and Jews. We stated on the Mount of Olives and descended toward the Lion Gate, taking a route purportedly walked by Jesus into the city.

Mount Moriah

The Dome of the Rock on the right, looking west toward the center of Jerusalem

Stained glass

Church of All Nations

Bougainvillea

Gethsemane

Lion Gate

Lion Gate

Rooftop view

Rooftop overlook

Calvary

Calvary (Golgotha), Church of the Holy Sepulcher

Aedicule

Aedicule, Church of the Holy Sepulcher

The Immovable Ladder

The “immovable ladder” under status quo, Church of the Holy Sepulcher

Gate cat is watching you

Gate cat, perhaps a descendant of Ceiling Cat?

I wonder if the people who built some of these walls and streets thousands of years ago knew that these structures would still be in use in 2010.

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