Thursday, July 14, 2011

Holy Land Tour: Back to the Old City

After the stop at the King David Hotel and the Tomb of Herod's Wife, we went back to the old city of Jerusalem and entered by the Western Wall.

From here you can see how close the Mount of Olives is to the Dome of the Rock which was once where the Second Temple and the Holy of Holies stood. The proximity of these important sites made a deep impression on me.

The remains of King Hezekiah's wall were very impressive. Hezekiah was one of the few "good kings." You can read about him in 2 Kings 18-20. He introduced religious reforms, concentrated worship in the temple in Jerusalem, restored the Passover observance and destroyed pagan idols in the country. He was an astute ruler and built this wall around the temple to defend against an anticipated attack by the Assyrians  (c. 740 BC). 
remains of King Hezekiah's wall
Vault under the Western Wall where remains of Hezekiah's wall is located.

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