We took off early in the morning and walked a lot yesterday. A great time was had by all.
Started the day at 7 AM with Mass at the Patriarchate of Jerusalem with the Bishop of Jerusalem. Breakfast, then started on our walking tour by going through the Damascus Gate into the heart of the Muslim Quarter. We smelled all the smells and heard all the sounds of this exotic part of the city.
We descended into 1st century Roman Jerusalem to the Lithostrotos (the pavement) mentioned in St. John 19 where Jesus was tried by Pilate, whipped and received his crown of thorns.
Then to the Cardo and the Burnt House in the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem where we also explored around and had a nice lunch. We visited the Western Wall, the Davidson Center (Museum of 1st century Jerusalem), the south area of the Temple, the City of David (Ophal Ridge).
Then up to Mount Zion with the cenotaph Tomb of David, the Upper Room, Zion Gate, the Armenian Quarter, the altar of St. James’ skull in St. James Convent, the Christian Information Center and the Franciscan Bookstore.
Everyone had the rest of the day off :-) and a free evening after a good dinner. Enjoy!