I happen to visit the city of Bethlehem in Palestine several times a year and I thought I should share the amazing experience with you on this trip, my flight leaves in a few minutes. A lot of people I meet express great interest in the Holy Land, Israel and Palestine, and hope to plan a visit to this middle eastern territory at least once in their lifetime, not just as mere tourists but also to have a spiritual connect that comes with journeying through the most famous historical sites in Jerusalem and other the cities in region.
Jerusalem, the most significant spiritual capital of both Israel and Palestine is well known as having the Temple Mount, the magnificent edifice that has served the faithful as a symbol of God’s glory for 3,000 years and more and remains the crossroads of the three greatest monotheistic religions, Judaism, Islam and Christianity.
Within Jerusalem, you will find the famous Western Wall, Wailing Wall or Kotel – The only wall remnant from King Solomon’s temple built in the 10th Century BC as mentioned in the old testament bible. It is a remnant of the Second Temple and one of the holiest site in Judaism. This wall is the holiest place where Jews are permitted to pray, though it is not the holiest site in the Jewish faith, which lies behind it.
Jerusalem is the third most important city after Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia for the Islam faith. The Islam refer to the Temple mount as the ‘Haram al-Sharif’ (the Noble Sanctuary), where they believe that it was here that the Prophet Muhammad ascended to the “Divine Presence” n a magical horse into heaven. Today, the Temple Mount, a walled compound within the Old City of Jerusalem, is the site of two magnificent structures: the Dome of the Rock to the north and the Al-Aqsa Mosque to the south.
Even though the states of Palestine and Israel have been undergoing massive unending conflict in the past decades, The holy land remains to be one of the most visited places on the planet.
Stay up-to-date with upcoming real time photos in the coming days, from the city of Bethlehem, believed to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ in the christian religion, for the remaining part of my trip this week…