There’s not a ton to say about Jerusalem, but there are a lot of photos.
We rented a really amazing studio on AirBNB and spent our days wandering the Shuk and the old city. We took a tour of the Kotel tunnels and visited the Tower Of David Museum.
We also went to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, which I had never been to before. It was quite a spectacle. If you’re not familiar with it, reading a bit about the church is quite interesting.
Essentially, it’s run by multiple Christian churches and none of them can agree on anything. There is a ladder on the front of the church that has been there for over 250 years because no one can agree to take it down (visible in a photo below), and the place has been opened and closed by two Muslim families since 1187 CE because the churches cannot agree on who should have keys. And the tourists are amazingly lacking in veneration for the site. It was a great place for photos, though, and Charly and I got to touch the center of the world (“the compas, an omphalos once thought to be the center of the world.”). It looks like a terracotta pot holder.
Great pix, Ben! Congrats on 6 more months in Israel. Will miss you though!!
Thanks! I’m hoping to keep up with the photos even though I’m no longer exploring brand new places.
And I’ll miss you too, so it sounds like you’ll have to come visit!