Day 6: Mount of Olives

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The Mount of Olives is mountain ridge located to the southeast of the Old City in Arab East Jerusalem. The Mount of Olives is mentioned in a few places in the old testament but is a more significant player in the ministry and final days of Jesus as recorded in the new testament. While it then follows that most of the holy sites on the Mount of Olives are Christian, the Mount of Olives is also the location of a massive and ancient Jewish cemetery that includes some dramatic rock-cut tombs.

After breakfast, our tour of the Mount began from an observation point at the top, from where we descended along steep and narrow streets to holy sites below. Complicating the descent was my mother's bad knees, a brief rain shower that made the streets quite slippery, and an unholy amount of automobile traffic.

05/28/2011 06:51:00
Breakfast
05/28/2011 06:51:20
Breakfast
05/28/2011 06:51:26
Breakfast
05/28/2011 07:33:46
Load out
05/28/2011 07:34:00
Yitzhak and Tzachi
05/28/2011 07:44:16
Clouds
05/28/2011 07:51:50
Old city wall
05/28/2011 08:02:44
Mount of Olives
05/28/2011 08:03:28
Ostentatiously Jewish house in Arab neighborhood
05/28/2011 08:03:54
Dome of the Rock
05/28/2011 08:06:08
Mount of Olives
05/28/2011 08:06:28
Mount of Olives
05/28/2011 08:07:40
Mount of Olives
05/28/2011 08:08:06
Mount of Olives
05/28/2011 08:11:20
Jewish cemetery
05/28/2011 08:13:30
Mount of Olives
05/28/2011 08:13:58
Golden Gate - opened when Messiah comes
05/28/2011 08:14:08
Church of Mary Magdalene and Dominus Flevit Church
05/28/2011 08:19:16
Al'Aqsa Mosque
05/28/2011 08:19:56
Jerusalem lion on waste basket
05/28/2011 08:32:02
Leonardo Plaza
05/28/2011 08:39:46
Tour group photo
05/28/2011 08:40:16
Photographer / vendor
05/28/2011 08:40:54
Photo donkey
05/28/2011 08:41:34
Photo donkey
05/28/2011 08:41:14
Photo camel
05/28/2011 08:46:12
Memorial?
05/28/2011 08:47:00
Headed down the mountain
05/28/2011 08:54:46
Headed down the mountain
05/28/2011 08:56:50
Private area
05/28/2011 08:56:58
Cemetery
05/28/2011 08:57:10
Headed down the mountain