|An attractive door on our walk down the hill.|
Saw this sign for the Tomb of the Prophets and wandered in the grounds where we met the 63 year old Arab caretaker who had been born in the house on the grounds. He explained, before he so kindly gave us a private tour, that his family had been caretakers of the Tombs for three generations.
|Descending into the Grotto.|
|Our very knowledgeable guide.|
Zeccariah’s grave was the only one to have a square arch, he stated. Jews come to leave written prayers in the crevices here just as they do at the Western Wall.
He pointed out the chisel marks but I don't hink they came out clearly in the photo, sorry.
We continued our journey down the hill where we had a spectacular view of the city of
Next saw and walked inside Dominus Flevit, a place neither of us had never heard of before. A Mass was being said in Italian in the small church and another one in a chapel on the small rise above the church.
It was spellbinding listening to the simultaneously competing sounds of both masses being said as well as the Muslim Call to Prayer being amplified over the neighborhood’s PA system.
|Notice on the church exterior.|
|More views of the cemetery.|
See, the dome IS indeed golden unlike what it looked like in the previous photo!
|Another interesting doorway.|
|Entering the |
|One can only walk around the perineter of the small Garden of Gethsemane.|
|The front of the beautiful Gethsemane Sanctuary.|
|As we entered, a Mass for young, very fervent Italian pilgrims was just ending. It was like St. Frances Cabrini's Teen Mass on steroids.|
I found it magical being at the
We returned to see more of the small
Directly across the street was the Tomb of the Virgin Mary which we visited next.
This bus driver had just been praying one of the many daily prayers required of Muslims on this small carpet outside his bus.
The young man was playing his flute but I think Steven and I were the only ones anywhere close who could hear his lovely music.
Saw these 2 young boys cross this large empty swath of rocky terrain walking to our left and then a few minutes, I noticed them again, this time carrying huge sacks on their backs. Wonder where they were going and what they carried.
|More photos of the Silwan neighborhood.|
Leaving the Kings’ Valley, we finally ascended steps returning to the
We passed the City of David,
Looking back at the City of