Israel (part 5… finally)

So over 4 months ago we went to Israel. We loved it. We got back and posted some pictures and stories about the first part of the trip. I was supposed to write the next post. K reminded me a few times and then gave up and started posting about her coupon savings, videos of our dog for our niece Ellie, and enjoyable little “K rants” (one of the many reasons I love her). Now, 4 months later, I’m ready to give you the final part of our trip to Israel.

After seeing all the amazing things so far on our trip, it was crazy to think that we hadn’t even made it to Jerusalem yet. The last three days of our trip were spent in and around Jerusalem. It is a city with so much history and so many religious connections.

The first day in Jerusalem we went to a lookout point on the grounds of Hebrew University.

Next we traveled to the “traditional” Upper Room – the place where the Last Supper took place. It looked much different after Crusade era improvements, but maybe it was the actual room. It was still cool to be in the room, read Scripture, and sing Amazing Grace (the disciples sang a hymn before they left to go to the Mount of Olives – Matthew 26:30; but it probably wasn’t Amazing Grace since that was 1,700 years from being written).

Underneath the place that tradition says is the Upper Room, is where tradition says David’s tomb is located… once again, all based on tradition.

From there we traveled through the Zion gate into the actual “Old City” of Jerusalem. The entrance through the gate is at a 45 degree angle so that chariots could not run full speed into the city to attack. This made it very interesting watching cars try and make it through the gate while we were there.

We entered in the Armenian quarter (there are 4 quarters – Armenian, Jewish, Christian, and Muslim) and headed towards the Jewish quarter.

Along the way we stopped at the Cardo – the ruins of the Roman era main street of the city. While trying to dig down during construction, they accidentally found this street which had some of the original Roman road still intact.

Since they couldn’t destroy this ancient road for their construction needs, they turned it into a little shopping district.

In the middle of the Cardo there were these road block structures that thankfully turned out to be something much more exciting. These little stone structures were actually covering openings in the road that went down even deeper to show the walls built by Hezekiah (600 BC) and the Macabeen’s (150 BC). This was far below the Cardo, which was only found when builders were digging below the modern day Old City of Jerusalem.

We then headed towards the Western Wall, but this is long enough already. I’ll cover the Western Wall and the City of David in my next post. If I stick with how long it took me to write this thing, that one should be posted in about 2 to 3 months.

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