Jerusalem

Jerusalem

Jerusalem is also known as Yerushalayim, Jebus, Salem, Aelia Capitolina, and el-Quds. [toc] Location     31° 46′ 39″ N, 35° 13′ 56″ E 2,469′ Elevation Geography Jerusalem sits on two hills—the Western Hill and the Eastern Hill. The Temple Mount sits on the Eastern Hill, and the remainder of the Old City sits on… read more »

Western Wall (The Kotel)

The Western Wall is also known as the Kotel or the Wailing Wall. It is the most important site in Judaism today. It is essentially all that remains of Judaism’s Second Temple. [toc] Location The Western Wall plaza is located in the Jewish Quarter, immediately adjacent to the Temple Mount. 31° 46′ 36″ N, 35°… read more »

Temple Mount (Haram ash-Sharif)

The Temple Mount—also called al-Haram ash-Sharif (“The Noble Sanctuary“) or Mount Moriah—is arguably the most famous area in Jerusalem—perhaps even in all of Israel. Its primary history dates back to the time of King David in the Iron Age, though its importance to Judaism began in the time of Abraham in the Middle Bronze Age…. read more »

Saint Anne’s Church

The Church of Saint Anne commemorates Anne, the mother of Mary, the mother of Jesus of Nazareth. The church itself is one of the finest surviving examples of Crusader architecture in Israel. This area is also the site of the Pools of Bethesda where Jesus healed the lame man. [toc] Location The Church of Saint… read more »

Mount of Olives

The Mount of Olives is a large mountain ridge on the east side of the Old City of Jerusalem. It is separated from the Temple Mount (Jerusalem’s Eastern Hill) and the City of David by the Kidron Valley. [toc] Location The Mount of Olives is located east of the Old City of Jerusalem. It divides… read more »

Kidron Valley

As has been mentioned, Old City Jerusalem takes its shape based on two hills and three valleys. The Eastern Hill is the Temple Mount. The Western Hill is the rest of the modern Old City. The Kidron Valley winds along the eastern side of the Eastern Hill of Jerusalem, separating the Temple Mount from the… read more »

Hinnom Valley

As has been mentioned, Old City Jerusalem takes its shape based on two hills and three valleys. The Eastern Hill is the Temple Mount. The Western Hill is the rest of the modern Old City. The Hinnom Valley winds along the western side of the Western Hill of Jerusalem and crosses down around the southern… read more »

Gethsemane

Gethsemane is the infamous traditional site of Judas Iscariot’s betrayal of Jesus Christ. It was here that Jesus was arrested on the night before His crucifixion. [toc] Location The Garden of Gethsemane is located at the base of the Mount of Olives on the eastern side of the Kidron Valley. It is located on the… read more »

Old City Gates & Walls

What demarcates the Old City of Jerusalem from the modern city is the incredible wall that encloses the Old City, giving it the feel of a truly ancient city. [toc] Old City Walls The Old City of Jerusalem is surrounded by impressive stone walls. The walls were meant as a defensive measure to keep enemies… read more »

Garden Tomb

The Garden Tomb (also called Gordon’s Calvary) is the site identified in 1867 by British General Charles Gordon as the site of Golgotha (Calvary)—the site of Jesus Christ’s crucifixion and burial. [toc] Location The Garden Tomb is located north of the Old City, slightly outside of Damascus Gate on Nablus Road/Derekh Shechem. 31° 47′ 1″… read more »

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