This is the fourth part in a multi-post description of my recent visit to Israel. To start from the beginning, go here.
The city of Jerusalem sits between the Mount of Olives and Mount Zion. Here we are standing on the Mount of Olives and looking down on the city of Jerusalem. All the small boxes in the foreground make up a cemetery.
This valley is called the Kidron Valley, and the small strip of green in the valley on the right is Gethsemane, the garden where Jesus and his disciples were praying on the night of Jesus’ arrest. On the left of the city, the area outside the wall is where the City of David once stood.
The Campus Pastors at the Mount of Olives.
Video panorama from the Mount of Olives.
From the Mount of Olives, we went back into Jerusalem into the Muslim Quarter and the Via Dolorosa, the path which in Latin mean “Way of Sorrow”. This passageway has been held to be the path that Jesus walked with His cross before his crucifixion.
From the path, you can see a Muslim prayer tower which is called a minaret. These are scattered throughout Muslim communities and often have green fluorescent lighting in the top. From these, throughout the day, you can hear the call to prayer five times a day.
We wrapped up the evening by spending dinner in a nice downtown section of Jerusalem.
Here, two of our excellent Jewish tour guides chat with our team as Nolan and Justin check the menu.
Another long and amazing day in Israel. Next up, the Jordan River. (Part 5)