266 Photos - Jan 13, 2013
Photo: V and K at the Mount of OlivesPhoto: Partially reconstructed Roman theater in Caesaria (built by Herod and used by Pilate).Photo: Theater entrancePhoto: Photo: Photo: Ruins of the hippodrome at CaesariaPhoto: Photo: Former palace bedroom with walk-in pool (maybe built a bit too close to the shore)Photo: Photo: Public restroom at entrance to hippodromePhoto: The hippodromePhoto: City walls and dry moat of Caesaria (built by French crusaders)Photo: Roman aqueduct to CaesariaPhoto: Photo: Ruins at Tel Megiddo (aka Armageddon)Photo: Photo: Photo: 5 layers of structures discovered at the same sitePhoto: Bronze age round altarPhoto: Photo: Descending into the water tunnelPhoto: Haifa from above the Bahai GardensPhoto: Bahai GardensPhoto: Photo: Photo: Tourist in AcrePhoto: City walls of Akko (historic Acre)Photo: Crusaders' stables and inn roomsPhoto: Photo: Modern Akko is mosly and Arab cityPhoto: Banana plantations--who would have thought?Photo: Photo: Natural ampitheater on the Sea of Galilee where perhaps the "sermon on the mount" actually occurred.Photo: The church of the Beatitudes was closed on Christmas!Photo: The mighty (not!) Jordan River north of GalileePhoto: Banias springs (one source of the Jordan River)Photo: Photo: LizardPhoto: Photo: Niches carved in the back of the (defunct) templePhoto: Nimrod fortress in the Golan HeightsPhoto: Snow on Mt HermonPhoto: More snow in the distancePhoto: No man's land on border with SyriaPhoto: Nigerian pigrims on the Sea of GalileePhoto: Photo: Photo: Church of Multiplication (of the Loaves and Fishes) 4th c. mosaic floorPhoto: Photo: Photo: At the seashorePhoto: Baptism in the JordanPhoto: Photo: Mark 1:9-11 in Hawaiian Pidgin EnglishPhoto: Photo: Goodbye GalileePhoto: Hello NazarethPhoto: Church of the AnnunciationPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Frescos from original crusader churchPhoto: Modern chuch blended with remains of 18th century wallPhoto: Images of Mary donated by various nationsPhoto: Photo: Modern church upstairsPhoto: Photo: Photo: Tree of lifePhoto: Church of St. JosephPhoto: Joseph's family's mitzveh (ritual bath)Photo: Photo: Steps down into the cave where Joseph and Mary livedPhoto: Photo: The Cardo Maximus in Beit SheanPhoto: Outside of the TheaterPhoto: Scale model of Beit SheanPhoto: Supports for the raised floor in the calderium of the Roman bathsPhoto: Photo: Another room in the baths pre-reconstructionPhoto: Private VIP bathPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Arches left as they collapsed in the earthquake of 749Photo: Photo: Ruins of the Decumanus (primary east-west street)Photo: Photo: Public toilets outside theaterPhoto: Public fountainsPhoto: Lion's mouth fountainsPhoto: View of the CardoPhoto: Theater entrancePhoto: Photo: The theater had a third level at its heightPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: The ampitheaterPhoto: Fortified border with JordanPhoto: Grazing and growing in the West BankPhoto: Camel in front of crop shade structuresPhoto: Judean desertPhoto: Bedouin camp by the side of the highway outside of JerusalemPhoto: Checkpoint trafficPhoto: Hebrew UniversityPhoto: Old city of Jerusalem from the Mount of OlivesPhoto: Russian Orthodox church between the Jewish and Muslim cemeteriesPhoto: Dome of the RockPhoto: City of David and the old city wallsPhoto: Jerusalem panorama from Mount of OlivesPhoto: City wall from GethsemanePhoto: Garden of GethsemanePhoto: Some of the olive trees are actually 2000 years old.Photo: Photo: Photo: Mosaic floor layersPhoto: Church of All NationsPhoto: Church of All Nations mosaic friezePhoto: Kidron valleyPhoto: Modern Bethlehem: Christmas trees and minaretsPhoto: Jerusalem Cross on the Church of the NativityPhoto: Church of the NativityPhoto: Photo: The grotto where Jesus is said to have been bornPhoto: Photo: Original mosaic floors from Byzantine eraPhoto: Photo: St. Catherine's next door, where the Christmas mass is heldPhoto: Photo: Greater BethlehemPhoto: First settlement outside in the city walls of Jerusalem, 1857Photo: Church of the AscensionPhoto: Possibly the same floor from the room where the last supper took placePhoto: Photo: Household well in old JerusalemPhoto: Cemeteries on the Mount of OlivesPhoto: Cardo Maximus in Jerusalem. Note that due to the tendency of conquerors to knock everything down and rebuild, it is one story below current ground level!Photo: The Dome of the Rock over the Western WallPhoto: Dome of the Chain on the Temple MountPhoto: The Western WallPhoto: On the Via Dolorosa (3rd station, Jesus falls the first time)Photo: Fourth Station (Jesus meets his mother)Photo: Fifth station (Simon takes up the cross)Photo: Said to be where Jesus leaned on the wall outsidePhoto: 6th stationPhoto: Outside the chuch of the Holy SepulchrePhoto: Inside the Church of the Holy SepulchrePhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Twelfth station (Jesus dies on the cross)Photo: Ottoman walls lit up at nightPhoto: Moonrise at Jaffa GatePhoto: Scale model of Jerusalem (second temple period) at the Israel MuseumPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Church of the Visitation, Ein KeremPhoto: GrottoPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Shoah memorial at Yad VashemPhoto: Photo: Photo: Protestant version of Golgotha (site of the crucifixion and tomb)Photo: That's a Muslim cemetery up top.Photo: The Garden TombPhoto: The Jerusalem Chord bridge (by Santiago Calatrava)Photo: Photo: Rose GardenPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Camel RidesPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Mitzveh used by the zealots who wrote the Dead Sea Scrolls in QumranPhoto: Cistern at QumranPhoto: Dead Sea in the distance (but it used to be higher)Photo: Half-excavated cistern at QumranPhoto: Cave #4 where Dead Sea Scrolls were foundPhoto: Dead Sea Scrolls caves panoramaPhoto: The Dead Sea. The water level was above where the highway is now at the time the British explored the area.Photo: Signs of hgher water levelPhoto: Dead Sea from MasadaPhoto: Originally a palace build by Herod, the mountaintop fortress served as a unsuccessful Jewish stronghold after the destruction of the temple in 73 AD.Photo: Roman frescoesPhoto: StoreroomsPhoto: Photo: Ruins below are from the Roman siegePhoto: Cable car up to the Masada plateauPhoto: BIrd flying over ruins of Roman siege campsPhoto: Herod's cliffside palacePhoto: Original mosaic floorPhoto: Photo: Marble floor and frescoes from Roman times; benches added later by Jewish zealotsPhoto: Photo: Partially-reconstructed bath showing raised floor and hollow walls for circulating steamPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Dovecote-pigeons provided mail, fertilizer, and foodPhoto: The remains of the ramp the Romans built to assault the fortressPhoto: Apse of Byzantine churchPhoto: Photo: Photo: Aqueduct which fed cisterns on topPhoto: Thirsty birdsPhoto: The Dead Sea continues to recede-now at 424m below sea levelPhoto: Dead sea beachPhoto: Damascus Gate in JerusalemPhoto: Former steps to southern entrance of Temple MountPhoto: Cemeteries on the Mount of OlivesPhoto: Portals in the southern wall are now blockedPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Current archeological workPhoto: Photo: Photo: Dome of the chain visible above on the Temple MountPhoto: Photo: Mount of Olives and Archeological ParkPhoto: Photo: Photo: Teenage soldiersPhoto: Former archway/stairway to the Temple Mount destroyed by the Romans.Photo: Church of St Petter Gallicantu (notice the rooster on top?)Photo: Photo: Church of the DormitionPhoto: Mary gets to look up at her son in the cryptPhoto: Photo: Warren's Shaft enabled city dwellers to access springs outside the city wallsPhoto: Photo: Water flowing into the cityPhoto: Dry passage used by the CananitesPhoto: Russian Orthodox churchPhoto: Old city gardenPhoto: Photo: Tel Aviv sunsetPhoto: Photo: Old Jaffa at sunsetPhoto: Photo: Tel Aviv public artPhoto: JaffaPhoto: Tel Aviv from JaffaPhoto: Suspended treePhoto: Jaffa clock towerPhoto: Photo: Old JaffaPhoto: Old and newPhoto: Tel Aviv marinaPhoto: Birds at the beachPhoto: Photo: Tel Aviv modern eclectic