Israel in Photos: Jerusalem and Masada

Israel has always been a fascinating destination for travellers from around the world. With its temples, tombs and historic relics the Holy Land appeals to those on a spiritual quest or on a cultural journey.  The country is the size of New Jersey in the United States, but its breath of diversity on what a visitor can expect to see is so much more varied than what would be seen in The Garden State. From the hip cityscapes of Tel Aviv to the ancient ruins of Masada and the old cities of Jerusalem, Akko and Tzfat, no two places are alike.

These photo essays of Israel in Photos are intended to give the visitor a glimpse into Israel and its cultural landscape.

The Old City of Jerusalem

This enchanting old City was originally built by King David in 1004 B.C.E., and had always been considered ‘the centre of the world.’ It rests on the original hills of the City of David and is surrounded by a wall over 4 kilometers long. This is where the Jews built the Temple where Jesus was crucified, and Mohammed rose to Heaven. Time has seen many changes in Jerusalem but the magical quality remains in its ancient buildings, colorful markets and narrow alleyways.

The ancient city of Old Jerusalem

The ancient city of Old Jerusalem

Jewish Quarter Market

Jewish Quarter Market

Jewish Quarter Shops

Jewish Quarter Shops

The Western Wall

The ‘Jewish quarter’ is the main residential area for Jews in the Old City. This quarter is where you’ll find the Western Wall or ‘Wailing Wall’, the holiest site for Judaism. It’s sectioned into two distinct areas, separating men from women. Every day thousands visit the Wall, many to celebrate Bar Mitzvahs.

Monday At The Western Wall

At the Western Wall, Its Monday the men’s side is loud with Bar Mitzwah celebrations.

Women praying at the Western Wall.

Women praying at the Western Wall.

The Dome of the Rock

From the Wall, you can see The Dome of the Rock, gleaming in the background like a golden beacon on Temple Mount. It’s one of the oldest works of Islamic architecture and considered ‘Jerusalem’s’ most recognizable landmark. The sites significance stems from religious traditions regarding the Rock (known as the ‘Foundation Stone’) for Jews, Christians and Muslims. Today its considered one of the most oldest Islamic monument and source of great controversy as well.  Dome Of The Rock

Dome of the Rock

The Church of the Holy Sepulcher

The Church of the Holy Sepulcher rests in the heart of the Christian quarter, and according to Christian tradition, was the site upon which Jesus was crucified and buried. Many pilgrims walk along the Via Dolorosa (which ends at Calvary Hill) following the final path of Jesus. The medieval architecture of this site is magnificent with ornate carvings lit by golden lamps. The three primary custodians of the church are the Greek Orthodox, the Armenian Apostolic and Roman Catholic churches.

Church Of The Holy Sepulchre Jerusalem

Church Of The Holy Sepulchre Jerusalem

Stone of Anointing

Stone of the Anointing, is the location where Jesus’ body was prepared for burial

Stairway to Calvary in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

Stairway to Calvary, located on the right just inside the entrance to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

Chapel of the Nailing of the Cross

Catholic (Franciscan) Chapel of the Nailing of the Cross

The tomb of Jesus

The tomb of Jesus is located in the center of the hall in the Church of Holy Sepulchre.

The edicule and large dome over the site of the tomb of Christ

The edicule and large dome over the site of the tomb of Christ, in the Rotunda of the Church.

Masada

Masada is a U.N.E.S.C.O. World Heritage Site, built by King Herod the Great on the western edge of the Judean desert. It was the last stronghold against the invading Romans in 73 C.E. It took the Romans three months to build an assault ramp using captured Jewish slaves. Upon breaching the walls they found all 960 Jewish rebels had chosen to take their own lives, rather than be taken prisoner.

The Masada Museum

The Masada Museum, situated in the visitor center, houses a fine collection of artifacts found at the site. The displays of jewelry, clothing, cooking utensils and weapons, give a wonderful view into how this ancient tribe lived.

View of Masada visitor centre and tram.

View of Masada visitor centre and tram.

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Dead Sea from Masada and Jordan mountain range

View of the Dead Sea from Masada and Jordan mountain range

For more information about visiting Israel refer to the following resources:

– Go Israel Tourism site http://www.goisrael.com

– Lonely Planet Guide on Israel

– Fodors Guide to Israel 

My trip to Israel was organized by the Israeli Tourism Board.  All opinions expressed in this photo essay are my own.

 

 

 

 

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