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MAY 10 - ASHDOD (JERUSALEM & BETHLEHEM) ISRAEL

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Sunrise as we approached Ashdod

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What can you see on a one day visit to Bethlehem and Jerusalem? Plenty! The drive from the port is just two hours, so guided tours left the ship at 8am and returned by 7pm, leaving 6 hours to see the main sites (plus one hour for lunch).

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Standing in Manger Square in Bethlehem, looking toward the Church of the Nativity

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Renovations are ongoing

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Stairs lead down to the cave, or grotto, remembered as Jesus' birth place

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A statue of St. Jerome (early translator of the Bible into Latin) is near the Church of St. Catherine.

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Looking to the ancient city of Jerusalem from Hebrew University

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On the Mount of Olives in the Garden of Gethsemane stands the Church of the Nations, remembering Jesus' agony.

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The ancient olive trees in the garden

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While walking on the current street level in the Jewish Quarter of the Old City you can look down to the excavations of the ancient Roman Cardo, the main street through the heart of the city.

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Perhaps it looked like this in Jesus' day.

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The entrance to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher- the church encompasses the traditional sites of Jesus' crucifixion, burial and resurrection.

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Worshipers pray on the rock slab remembered as the stone on which Jesus' body was prepared for burial.

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The 19th century shrine which encloses the empty tomb

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The Western Wall at the Temple Mount

Posted by Swenigale 02:35 Archived in Israel

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