Exploring Mount Zion in Jerusalem, Israel.

Monday 26 December 2011

The rain finally let up so this morning I took the hostels free city tour, it is a 3hour walking tour that was very informative and we had a great guide that made it a lot of fun!

A priest standing in front of his small church
A priest standing in front of his small church

We walked through little alleyways and past so many old buildings it was a bit overwhelming.

 

The Western Wall or Wailing Wall of Jerusalem
The Western Wall or Wailing Wall of Jerusalem

We went to the Western Wall where everyone goes to pray. I also put a small paper with a prayer in the wall, they say you have a better than average chance then that it will be answered.

 

At The Western Wall or Wailing Wall of Jerusalem
At The Western Wall or Wailing Wall of Jerusalem

I met a Canadian Girl that morning, Bobby, she was also staying at the hostel and decided to join me for the days outing.

 The two of us took a small local bus number 75 up to Mount Zion. We went into the Mosque of Ascension where there is supposed to be a footprint of Jesus in stone. Couldn’t actually make out the footprint, it looked distorted but was still interesting.

Mosque of Ascension
Mosque of Ascension
Paternoster church
Paternoster church

Unfortunately the Church of Ascension was closed for the day. We walked down the mount and entered the Paternoster church where the Lords prayer is in tablets in every known language. This church is built over a cave in which Jesus was said to have taught the disciples the prayer that begins “Our Father who art in heaven”. It was absolutely beautiful and I even found the prayer in Zulu and Afrikaans.

Paternoster church
Paternoster church
The Paternoster in Afrikaans
The Paternoster in Afrikaans

 

Walking through the Paternoster church
Walking through the Paternoster church

Leaving, we stood looking out over the graves that fill the side of the hill right next to the city and enjoyed the stunning sunset.

Looking out over The Old City of Jerusalem
Looking out over The Old City of Jerusalem
Graves fill the side of the hill right next to the city
Graves fill the side of the hill right next to the city

Right after sunset we went into the Garden of Gethsemane, the last remaining rays shining through the trees and we watched the sun disappear behind the olive trees and the Old City walls.

The Church in the Garden of Gethsemane,
The Church in the Garden of Gethsemane,

There are eight olive trees in this garden that may be at least 2,000 – 3,000 years old. They still bear fruit. If they are not the actual trees in the area where Jesus prayed, then they could have been young saplings when Jesus came here with the disciples on that night after the Last Supper.

 

Stunning end to a great day!!

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