**LIVE** Photoblogging From Jerusalem

Jerusalem is alive—

The people are out in the streets. The nightlife is booming. Tourism is picking back up. The city feels safe. The security is the best. The security wall has prevented terror strikes.
Jerusalem is alive.

Currently, I am traveling in Jerusalem as a guest of the America’s Voices in Israel.

Here are a few of the shots from today of my whirlwind tour of the beautiful and historic city of Jerusalem:

A map of the few historic sites of Jerusalem.


Obligatory Jerusalem camel photo.


The Golden Gates (the two enclosed arches on the Eastern Wall) were cemented shut centuries ago to prevent the prophets from returning to the Temple Mount.


Another skyline shot of Jerusalem.


A Russian priest says Mass in the Franciscan Chapel at the Church of All Nations at the Garden of Gethsemane.


The olive trees in the Garden of Gethsemane are around 2,000 years old.


A mosaic on the Franciscan Church of All Nations at the Garden of Gethsemane.


Originally built by the mother of Emperor Constantine in 330 A.D., the Church of the Holy Sepulcher (Church of the Holy Sepulchre) commemorates the hill of crucifixion and the tomb of Christ’s burial. Greek Orthodox, Catholic, Armenian, Syrian, Coptic, and Ethiopian Churches celebrate this holy place as the site as the death and the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.


Outside the Holy Sepulchre inside the Church.


Oil lamps hang outside the Holy Sepulchre.


The Wailing Wall or Western Wall of the Temple.
(FYI: Window on the Wall carries live video feed from the Wailing Wall.)


Young IDF members were visiting the Western Wall.


The Western Wall (Hebrew: הכותל המערבי, translit.: HaKotel HaMa’aravi), or simply The Kotel, is a retaining wall in Jerusalem that dates from the time of the Jewish Second Temple (516 BCE – 70 CE). It is sometimes referred to as the Wailing Wall (Arabic: il-Mabka), referring to Jews mourning the destruction of the Temple. The Western Wall is part of the bigger religious site in the Old City of Jerusalem called Har ha-Bayit (the Temple Mount) to Jews and Christians, or Al-Haram al-Qudsi al-Sharif (the Noble Sanctuary) to Muslims. The Western Wall is revered for its proximity to the sacred Holy of Holies on the Temple Mount, which is the Most Holy Place in Judaism. This makes the Western Wall the holiest location in Judaism that is currently generally accessible to the Jewish people for prayer.

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