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Jerusalem: visit to the holy city (I)

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The Dome of the Rock

It is difficult to decide where to start the visit in a city as big and full of surprises as Jerusalem. Since I was at Jaffa's door of the Holy city I decided to start with the tower of David and make the way through the walls to get a first impression of the city.

Wall: from Jaffa to Dung's door

The road through the walls -rampart's walk- It covers the old town above and is in very good condition. It is one of the few places where you will pay entry into Jerusalem and leave for 16 shequels. It is worth it because in this way we get an idea of ​​the city from the air and you can make some splendid photographs. It cannot be done in a complete way and the itinerary is divided into two parts. To the south from Jaffa's door to Dung's door. To the north from Jaffa's door to the Lion's door.

I started my tour of the south. Along the way you have views of the west of Jerusalem, the mountain of Zion, the intricate landscape of the Armenian, Jewish and Christian neighborhood of the city and finally the Dome of the Rock, the Muslim quarter and the Mount of Olives in the background with Your endless cemetery.

Wailing Wall

I left the wall through Dung's door ready to visit the Western Wall. After passing through an exhaustive police control - metal detector and frisking - I entered the esplanade that gives rise to the wall where the Jews come to pray and lament the ancient temple of Salomon that centuries ago was erected behind the only remaining wall of the old building , the last existing loophole of its historical past. Today the impressive Temple of the Mountain venerated by Muslims stands on the ancient temple. Admission is free.

The wall of lamentations

You can walk discreetly on the wall and take pictures although trying to disturb the minimum.

EXCURSIONS BY ISRAEL IN SPANISH

Make the most of your time in Israel with one of the following guided tours in Spanish and with very good recommendations from its users:

  1. Full guided tour of Jerusalem
  2. Excursion to Masada and the Dead Sea
  3. Excursion to Nazareth, Tiberias and Galilee
  4. Excursion to Bethlehem and Jericho

The Temple of the Mountain

Although the temple can be accessed from multiple entrances from the Muslim quarter, non-Muslims must access from the Moroccan door south of the wailing wall. It only opens from 7:30 to 10:30 in the morning and from 12:20 to 1:30 in the afternoon. Admission is free.

After going through the security checkpoint, you can access a covered ramp that soon leaves you before the smallest mosque on the mountain, Al-Aqsa. From here you can see the imposing Dome of the Rock and the vast magnitude of the enclosure.

Entrance to the dome is not allowed to non-Muslims. It is probably the most photogenic place in Jerusalem and offers a nice walk with good views of the Mount of Olives.

From here I had the option of visiting the Mount of Olives through the Lion's Gate or entering the interior of the Muslim quarter.

Via Dolorosa and Church of the Holy Sepulcher

I decided to dive through the labyrinth Jersualén and from the door of the Lion I made the path of the Via Dolorosa: the way that they say Jesus made with the cross on his back until he reached the Calvary where the Church of the Holy Sepulcher stands today. The road is marked in via crucis mode although a map is necessary to follow it well and know what happened in each place. At each point of the road an event is commemorated in Jesus' journey to death.

The Via Dolorosa gives way to Aqabat Street, Al Khangar, a pure souk and, on the next street you have to turn left to enter the street of Saint Helena.

The Church of the Holy Sepulcher It is crowded with so many historic buildings that make it impossible to glimpse on its own. Inside, the last events of the cross are commemorated: Jesus stripped of his garments, when he is nailed to the cross, he dies and his grave, of course.

It is not a conventional cathedral with its Latin or Greek cross plan. The church is full of internal churches and sacred places for Christianity as the place where Calvary took place, the sacred sepulcher, the stone of the anointing and on its sides a whole retinue of chapels that include the chapel of St. Helena.

In December the place is not crowded and the lines to contemplate the Calvary or the Holy Sepulcher are almost nonexistent.

Wall: from Jaffa to the Lion's Gate

After finishing my Christian route I decided to return to Jaffa's door to make the second tour through the wall. I already had the paid ticket in the morning that allows both sections.

From Jaffa's door I toured the city through its western and northern part, passing through the Damascus gate and ending at the Lion's gate. From the wall you get beautiful views of the interior of the city, the Muslim neighborhood to the east, the hustle and bustle at the Damascus gate and the Mount of Olives.

The Mount of Olives

I descended through the Lion's Gate and decided to watch the sunset from the Mount of Olives. In the guide they advise against doing the road alone or at night but I did not see any problem at all.

It descends towards the south and a few meters, just on the curve, we find the supposed Tomb of the Virgin Mary. The place is worth it thanks to its catacomb sensation and the legacy of frescoes and lamps that it shelters. Inside, a grave that supposedly keeps the body of Mary.

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Right next to the tomb of the Virgin Mary, is the grotto of Gethsemane, in the place where this church is located, Judas gave his famous kiss to Jesus.

Following the road we reach the beautiful All Nations church. Its porch offers a spectacular fresco and its interior is deeply dark. The main door is always closed and must be entered from its left side.

Holy sepulchre

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