|Temple Mount - Dome of the Rock|
After queueing and passing through security we enter the Temple Mount which is controlled by the Muslim community. The Mosque is out of bounds to non muslims. The massive grounds once housed the first and second Temples of the Jews. All that was ultimately destroyed by the Romans. The muslims have had control of this quarter of the holy city since about the 7th Century. The Dome of the Rock is a monument and not a place of worship. The Dome is clad in gold paid for by King Hussein of Jordan (US$30million) not so long before he died. The magnificent decorated tiles are the work of Armenian artisans. The building was open to non Muslims up until the year 2000 but various tensions have led to the closure. There is an abundant presence of armed soldiers and police who are from the Druze community who are neutral.
|At the Western or Wailing Wall|
Next stop is "The burnt house" which is a a.v. presentation set over the actual archeological finding of a house thought to be that of a priest and his family at fall of Jerusalem around 70 AD.
This presentation really brought to life the conditions and the tensions of family and the Jewish community at that time.
|Brian and Noella Misquitta outside the synagogue school|
|Adrian of the geraniums outside the Church at|
the place where Peter denied Jesus three times