34 Photos - Feb 9, 2009
Photo: Photo: Our last full day in Israel was a free day in Jerusalem so in the morning we headed for the Old City, passing these beautiful flowers along the way.Photo: A few blocks later, we came upon the King David Hotel, Israel's most famous hotel.Photo: Many leaders of government have stayed here.  Completed in the 1930s, it was the scene of a bombing in 1946 that killed 91 persons.Photo: The lobby floor contains the signatures of many famous persons who have stayed here.Photo: Across the street from the King David Hotel is perhaps the world's fanciest YMCA.Photo: For the third time, we visited the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.Photo: Again, we visited the site of Christ's resurrection, waiting in a long line to enter.Photo: The entrance to the tomb of JesusPhoto: Inside the edicule--about four persons enter at one time.Photo: Photo: This monk serves as the gatekeeper for tourists  entering the edicule.Photo: After our visit, candles were lit next to the tomb.Photo: Looking towards the dome of the churchPhoto: A few steps from the tomb is the Chapel of Mary Magdalene. On the wall were contemporary Stations of the Cross.Photo: We attended Mass here with a group of Irish nuns on a pilgrimage.  The Mass was celebrated by their parish priest in English.  This chapel is run by the Franciscans and is used all day long for Masses for pilgrims in many different languages. This site is celebrated as the spot where Jesus appeared to Mary Magdalene after the Resurrection.Photo: More tourists wait to enter the tomb area.Photo: Next we made a return visit to the site of the crucifixion.Photo: Photo: Devotional candles are lit at the site.Photo: Photo: Image of the Virgin Mary at Station 13--Jesus' Body is removed from the cross.Photo: A twelve-sided star at the Calvary site, depicting the twelve apostlesPhoto: The Rock of Calvary.Photo: Tourists bend to touch the Rock of Calvary in the Greek Orthodox Calvary.  This is considered the site of the 12th Station--Jesus dies on the Cross.Photo: Looking again towards the dome in the Church of the Holy SepulchrePhoto: Scenes from the time after Jesus died in the Stone of Unction areaPhoto: Leaving the church, we headed towards the market area where this boy sold a selection of about twenty Jerusalem postcards for $1.Photo: After a busy morning we looked for a place for lunch and settled on a rooftop restaurant nearby.Photo: Although it was only on the third story, the views were spectacular from the restaurant--here is the Dome of the Rock.Photo: Looking back towards the Church of the Holy SepulchrePhoto: A view of a market square down belowPhoto: After lunch, back in the bazaar area, we wondered through many streets like this.Photo: As we left we took one last shot of the walls of the Old City.