Jerusalem’s special. A person can spend a lifetime living here and still not grasp the depths of this city, the vast history, the diverse culture, the impossible politics, the spirit of what Jerusalem is.
This Saturday I joined the municipal tour through the old city of Jerusalem towards the Kidron stream valley in East Jerusalem and on the way back through the old city my dad suggested we go up the Tower Of the Church of the Redeemer, one of the tallest towers in the old city with 178 narrow steps leading up to a wonderful view of the old city of Jerusalem. It wasn’t only the place we were in, the gorgeous view, or the strong smell. The Muezzins calling out for people to come to holy prayer in Dolby surround mode was an overwhelming experience.
In this short video you might not make out what are some of the most important places in Christianity and Islam. The Via Dolorosa leading up to the Holy Sepulchre (with the famous unmovable ladder), the Golden Dome of the Rock as well numerous important churches and mosques.
It might sounds strange, but there are quite a few who live in the western side of town who never bother to wonder around in the old city for anything but quick religious visits. For me, that whole area is and always will be – a special magical place.