Walking around the old town of Jerusalem

Just about a week ago, we went to Jerusalem. Jerusalem is known as part of the Holy Land. The Holy Land is the area where Jesus walked. We had already been to where Jesus was baptized in Jordan so we decided to see where he carried the cross, rose from the dead and made miracles.

Outside place

Outside place

On the first day in Jerusalem we went on a walk around the old town. Our first stop was the Holy Sepulchre. On the way to the Holy Sepulchre we saw some really cool little alleyways. The gates to the city were also cool looking.

Gate close to our hotel

Gate close to our hotel

Markets

Markets

The Holy Sepulchre is a big church with many different Christian denominations in it and is supposedly where Jesus was hung, prepared and buried. The first thing I saw was the rock where people think Jesus was prepared for the afterlife. People were bowing down to it, rubbing things on it and praying to it. I thought it was a little over the top because touching a stone or anything else won’t bring you closer to God or Jesus because they live in your heart.

View when you first get in the Sepulchre

View when you first get in the Sepulchre

Mosaics on the dome

Mosaics on the dome

Beautiful Mosaic

Beautiful Mosaic

Rubbing of a rock

Rubbing of a rock

The next things we saw were the place where Jesus’s cross was and where Jesus was supposedly buried. After we looked at each of them for a while we walked around the church. I was amazed at how big it was.

The next thing we did was go to the Western Wall. The Western Wall is a wall where Jews come to pray. The reason they pray here is because a long time ago there use to be a mighty temple. When the Romans came and conquered their Emperor wanted every brick of the temple destroyed. For some reason the solders did not destroy the Western Wall. When the temple was destroyed all the Jews came and prayed. They prayed and prayed and prayed. That is why the wall is nicknamed the Wailing Wall but Jews do not like the name.

The Western Wall

The Western Wall

The next day my Mum and I took a walking tour. The walking tour covered The Holy Sepulchre, a walk around the city, the Western Wall and a couple other small places.

The first place our guide took us was the Western Wall. He didn’t take us to the big section of the Western Wall. Instead he took us to a not very well know part of the Western Wall where there aren’t many people going to pray. Our guide gave us a pen and paper so we could put our prayers into the wall.

Smaller area of  Western Wall

Smaller area of Western Wall with notes stuck in crackes

After we were all finished we headed out and went to courtyard where our tour guide told us about a Christian guy who fell in love with a Muslim girl. When he married her he was excluded from the church where he prayed every day. When his mother heard this she wasn’t very happy. She wrote in her will that when she died people would take her money, tear down her house and make a mosque so that her son and his bride could pray beside the church. That is why in the Christian quarter there is a mosque built by Christians.

Next we went to a place where Jesus might have had the last supper. I don’t think it was the room of the last supper but the room might have been built on top of where it took place.

Room where people think the last supper took place

Room where people think the last supper took place

One of my favourite things to see was the walk around the old town and see all the different quarters. It was also really cool to see where Jesus walked on the way to the cross.

Market area like the ones found all around the town

Market area like the ones found all around the town

All the quarters where different. My favourite quarter was the Muslim quarter with all the different colours and smells. The other ones where cool too but the Muslim stood out over all.

I really had a fun time in Jerusalem and learn’t lots about Jesus and other things.

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