Thursday, October 2, 2008

The Old and the New in Jerusalem

In terms of architectural spans, this was a long one on today's pilgrimage: we started the morning off looking at Herodian, Byzantine, Crusader, and First Temple period ruins on the south side of the Dome of the Rock area. We walked among massive blocks of the wall which had fallen down throughout the year after one invasion or another.

This was followed by a visit to the Citadel of David, which is in a more modern (13-14th or 15th century) building, explaining the history of Jerusalem.

We ended the day in the very modern building of Yad Vashem, which literally means "memorial of names." It is a memorial to all those who died in the Holocaust in WWII. Incredibly powerful.

Right now I am absorbing all the images, sounds, stories, smells, and feelings, and will process them throughout the coming days as I figure out what is happening in this complicated land, culture, and people.

Salaam, Shalom, and Peace,

Buen Camino!