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16 May, 201016 May, 2010 1 comments Historical Sites Historical Sites

Just outside of Zion Gate is a cluster of religious sites that will be especially popular in Jerusalem this week as Jewish and Christian feasts converge and bring to light these locations on Mount Zion.

The Jewish Feast of Shavuot (Weeks), celebrated by Christians as Pentecost, begins on Tuesday evening. The holiday comes 50 days after Passover and Easter.

The site of the Upper Room is a memorial to Jesus’ Last Supper and the place the disciples waited for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit after Jesus’ ascension into heaven, both of which are believed to have occurred in the general vicinity.

“When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them.” Acts 2:1-3

pentecost, mount zion, upper roomThe site is also holy to the Jews as the traditional location of David‘s tomb. Mount Zion Church, with the Last Supper and Upper Room, is one f

26 February, 201026 February, 2010 0 comments Historical Sites Historical Sites

 

The New York-based World Monuments Fund (WMF) has placed the Cathedral of St. James in the Armenian Quarter of Jerusalem's Old City on its 2010 watch list of 93 cultural heritage sites at risk in 47 countries. The list, which is the WMF's flagship advocacy program, is intended to call international attention to threatened landmarks. The 2010 Watch ranges from famous sites like Machu Picchu, Peru to the unexpected like the Merritt Parkway, Connecticut. The Old City of Lod is the second Israeli site on the newly-released list.

 

"The 2010 Watch makes it clear that cultural heritage efforts in the 21st century must recognize the critical importance of sustainable stewardship, and that we must work closely with local partners to create viable and appropriate opportunities to advance this," said WMF president Bonnie Burnham in a press release. "The sites on the 2010 Watch list make a dramatic case for the need to bring together a variety of sectors -economic, environmental, heritage preservation, and social - when we are making plans that will affect us all. Greater cooperation among these sectors would benefit humanity today, while ensuring our place as stewards of the Earth for the next generation."

 

"The World Monuments Watch has evolved since its incep

9 February, 20109 February, 2010 1 comments Historical Sites Historical Sites

On January 24, 1986, two fishermen in the Sea of Galilee made a fascinating discovery. Today, their discovery-the Jesus Boat Revealed-is an inspirational experience, a historic artifact, a meticulous reproduction, a national museum of antiquities, a book, and a fascinating DVD. Most importantly, it's a phenomenon with the power to unite a nation.

When Yuval Lufan and his brother, Moishale, uncovered a boat, which-against all odds-had survived for nearly two millennia submerged in mud, they triggered an avalanche of miraculous events. The subsequent excavation, recovery, and scientific analysis of the vessel confirmed it had been constructed during the time of Christ, and possibly, even, belonged to the Messiah Himself.

"The boat changed everything in my life," says Yuval Lufan, a lifelong fishermen from the Galilee seaside village of Kibbutz Ginosar. "The boat gave my life new meaning and purpose. It helped me to find my faith, to find God. This discovery is the greatest thing I could have dreamed of.

8 February, 20108 February, 2010 0 comments Historical Sites Historical Sites

The wilderness of Zin, probably one of the most beautiful and peaceful locales in Israel,  yet few pilgrims or other tourists ever venture there.


Sure, its a bit out of the way. Most Christian tourists traditionally know of the Galilee (including Nazareth) and Jerusalem. and yes, most of us have heard of the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth. But with only 7 or 10 days generally dedicated for traveling in the Holy Land, often the desert experience just doesn't make the cut.


But it should. True, perhaps Jesus did not cross the valley of Zin -but our forefathers did and it is mentioned at length in the Old Testament. The Zin desert  is the  Biblical desert from which the 12 spies were sent by Moses to tour the promise land.  The Zin River marks the historical b

14 December, 200914 December, 2009 0 comments Historical Sites Historical Sites

 

If it weren't for his white robe, you might not believe that Brother Olivier is a monk. He is charming, outgoing, charismatic, and extremely knowledgeable about history as well as life outside the walled community. Speaking gaily to Travelujah , the only Christian social network focused on travel to the Holy Land, about his daily monastic life for the last 27 years within the confines of the Benedictine Monastery in Abu Ghosh, Israel, Brother Olivier says, "We are devoted to prayer and work." He pauses a moment for effect. "Torah and Avodah just like a kibbutz," he continues. "We must be self-sufficient."

 

And they are. The compound hosts an on-site ceramics studio where the residents design and create pottery and glaze in their own unique Benedictine motif.  The beautifully designed products are sold to the public in their gift store, which is owned and managed, of course, by the monks. They also produce their own wine, called Verbena, as well as olive oil and their own brand of Limoncello.

 

29 July, 200929 July, 2009 0 comments Historical Sites Historical Sites

The city of Acre (Acco in hebrew) was the first Israeli site recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.  With a history dating back to the Bronze Age (2500 years BC), it's no wonder that this Israeli port city was bestowed with this honor.  From the time of the tribe of Asher's unsuccessful attempt to grab this rocky coastal plateau from the Philistines (Judges 1:31), its value as the main door to the Holy Land has been appreciated by the various conquerors who have ruled this part of the world.


During the first Israelite kingdom, Acre was ruled by a governor appointed by King Solomon.  Later, Alexander the Great conquered the city in 333 BC. and it was eventually named Ptolemais in honor of Alexander's long time friend and trusted general who later ruled Egypt.  This was the name that St Paul knew it by when he visited the city on his final journey to Jerusalem almost 2,000 years ago. You can still see some of the artifacts of the Hellenistic and Roman periods. But the Old City of Acco, approximately 600 s

29 June, 200929 June, 2009 0 comments Historical Sites Historical Sites

The Armenian Quarter of the Old City is one of the most fascinating and often overlooked areas of the Old ity. Nestled between the Moslem quarter and the Jewish Quarter, the Armenian quarter is in fact a mini city onto itself and includes a vast compound of schools, stores, restaurants, seminaries, churches and monastaries, and residences all of which are located around the  and offices of the Armenian Patriarchate. Much of the area was once covered by the palace of Herod the Great. Travelujah had the great pleasure of touring the Armenian Quarter for the last 11 years.

 

Armenian Quarter

 

Armenia has a long and very rich history in the Holy Land. It was the first nation to adopt Christianity as its official religion and  the 4th Century and Armenian pilgrims have been coming to visit Jerusalem since the 5th

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