DAY 8: JERUSALEM (TEMPLE MOUNT & MORE)

After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. John 5:1

We arrived early at the security check point to enter the Temple Mount. We learned much about the history of the mount, the site of both the 1st and 2nd Jewish temples. The Muslim Dome of the Rock, completed in 691 AD, today sits where most Jews think those temples once stood.

We then visited the City of David; not Bethlehem, but the area on the south side of the Temple Mount where David set up his headquarters after becoming king. We walked through the narrow tunnels and caves under the city used by the ancient Jebusites and later the Jews to supply the city with water.

For lunch we spread out and tried several of the restaurants in the bustling Jewish Quarter of the Old City and then walked to the Christian Quarter to browse the many shops and haggle for bargains.

After dinner, many went back out for the western wall tunnel tour. A few of us, including this old man, remained at the hotel in order to rest up for tomorrow.

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