Western Wall – Wailing Wall – Kotel
Located in the old city of Jerusalem, a limestone wall or what is left of it. The wall stood thirty metres high at one point in time when it was built in the 10º century BCE and then was destroyed by the Babylonians in 586 BCE. The wall has a connection to the Temple Mount as that is the main reason why it is considered as such a holy site.
Individuals travel from wide and far to visit this holy site to pray against it, touch it and you may even see people start tearing up or rocking from back to forth as the energy that the wall gives off gets felt by all. Write a little note or five wishes and stick it into one of the available cracks within the wall. Twice a year the notes get put into a hole in holy ground and decompose there. Do remember that male and female must split up when approaching the wall.
Church of Holy Sepulchre
Located in the Christian quarter of the old city this church dates back as far as the 4º century. The reason why people flock to come and visit the church is because this is the site where Jesus was crucified and where it is said that Jesus was buried and resurrected. His empty tomb is laying there for people to touch, be ready to wait in a line for quite a while as during the day people come in masses to be able to view and touch his tomb.
Within the church there are the last four stations of the Via Dolorosa representing the final episodes of Jesus’ passion
Dome of the Rock
An Islamic Shrine which is located on the Temple Mount in the Old City of Jerusalem, one of the oldest known works of the Islamic architecture. The architecture of beautiful mosaic has been changed a couple times in different time periods. It was changed in the Ottoman period and again in the Modern period where they added the gold plated dome shaped roof.
The Dome of the Rock is only open three hours a day for Non-Muslims. 8:30am-10:30am and 13:30pm-14:30pm. Only People of the Muslim faith can go and pray inside of the Dome.
Mea Shearim neighbourhood
The Mea Shearim neighbourhood is one of the oldest Jewish neighbourhoods in Israel and is located just outside the walls of the old city.
Being able to walk through this neighbour you definitely look like an outsider because of the attire you are wearing as all the Orthodox Jews will be wearing the white shirt, black blazer, black pants and mostly a black hat which is similar to a fedora but wide brimmed. But if you dress respectfully, covering elbows and knees, walking through the quiet neighbourhood is no problem at all. You will see men from the ages of sixteen years all the way up to a later year of life walking around dressed all very much similar.
Mount of Olives
The Mount of Olives reates some sort of buffer separating the Old City of Jerusalem to the Judean Desert. The Mount of Olives is quite high up reaching 800 metres which gives it the amazing 360 degree view of Jerusalem to the west and the desert to the east. The Mount of Olives is just behind the Western Wall looking over it. The name simply stems from the fact that it once was covered with olive trees. During the time of the Pilgrimage many Jews would sleep out under the stars sheltered by the olives trees. Apart from once there being olive trees Jewish people are now buried on the slopes of the mount as this mount is one of the biggest cemeteries in Jerusalem with an estimated 150,000 graves.
Mount of Zion
The highest point in Jerusalem has several events that have been thought to have taken place on this mount. Firstly, the Last Supper where Jesus and his disciples ate together. Secondly, the falling asleep of the Virgin Mary is believed to have happened at this site. And last but not least, the council of Jerusalem in which the church debated the status of converted gentiles took place here.
At one point in time the Mount of Zion was a designated no-man’s land between Israel and Jordan. The location of Mount Zion led Christian pilgrims to believe that David’s burial place was there.