The Garden tomb was truly a highlight of my visit. Just a very peaceful and beautiful spot in Jerusalem. I don’t claim to know the exact spot where Jesus was entombed, but this is a great place to ponder the question. There is a small fee to enter the small garden. I believe that it is run by an Australian Church.
The Dead Sea is just that. The day were there it was 116 in the shade. H-o-T! I didn’t pay the cash to slather mud on myself, but I enjoyed spectating. Masada is also located in the area. Two ways to the top of the mountain fortress: walking (not recommended) or taking the tram (highly recommended). Views from the top are incredible.
The Wailing Wall. One of the site not to be missed. It is divided into men’s and women’s sections. Out of respect for the religion and the holy place, you are asked to cover your head. Cardboard Yamakas are provided. I have included two pics below the tell the story of why this place is so revered. In the Pre-roman times, the great temple was the focus of the town. When the new sheriff came to town aka the Romans, they destroyed the temple. But not all of the temple. They left the western wall of the temple standing. For good reason. It also happens to be a part of the city wall. Thus a portion of the temple still stands today. Worshipers come to the wall and leave prayers written on little strips of paper and place them in the wall.