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What I would like to do in this slide show is give you a virtual tour of Old City Jerusalem and some of the surrounding area. These photos were taken during our summer 2000 visit to Israel.

We'll start our tour at Jaffa Gate, which you can see straight ahead in this picture. This is one of the main entrances to the Old City situated on the west side (this view is from the north). The walls that we see today were built by Suleiman the Magnificent between 1536 and 1542. They are about 4 kilometers in circumference and 20 meters high. Notice the irrigation lines in the foreground. Almost everything in the Jerusalem area seems to need irrigation to grow due to the long dry season. In the bottom right corner is the bus stop we would often use for our trip home. Unfortunately the magnification is not high enough to read the Hebrew. :(
Here we have the Anglican Christ Church, just inside Jaffa Gate. It is said that it is the oldest Protestant church in the Middle East. My wife and children and mother attended a few services here on Sundays while we were staying in Israel. Unfortunately I was unable to because Sunday is a regular work day in Israel and my Dad and I were both studying at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem which held classes on Sunday.
This is the famous Church of the Holy Sepulchre at the end of the Via Dolorosa in the north end of the Old City. It is the traditional site of the crucifixion and burial of Jesus. Today it is inside the Old City but in the first century this would have been outside the city walls. The Holy Sepulchre is really a set of churches in churches. Inside the main building are a number of smaller chapels. Constantine ordered that it be built in 325 A.D. Then in 614 A.D. it was destroyed by the Persians. Later it was rebuilt but destroyed again in 1009 A.D. The present structure dates from 1149 A.D.
This is typical of the roads in the Old City. Most are narrow and impassible by cars. This one was off the beaten path. The market streets are usually very busy.
  1 Jaffa Gate  
  2 Christ Church  
  3 Holy Sepulchre  
  4 Old City Alley  
This is Bethesda Pool north of the Temple Mount (see John 5:2). This arch is part of a church that was built over the spot. What struck me here is how deep this excavation is.  The picture is taken from the ground level today. The first century ground level is at least as far down as you see in this picture - it looked to me to be about 3 stories down. That means that the city in this area has risen by this amount. Buildings have been built on the rubble of others in Jerusalem for many years.
This is the Broad Wall in the Jewish quarter of the Old City (cf. Nehemiah 3:8; 12:38 and 2 Chronicles 32:5). Just a small section of it has been excavated. One thing about the Old City is that people actually live in it so not much archaeology can be done but you see more archaeological work in the Jewish quarter than in the other areas.
  5 Bethesda Pool  
  6 Broad Wall  
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This slide show is dedicated to my mother who made possible our summer 2000 visit to Israel.