ISRAEL - Holy Land - Pilgrimage
Next
Back
Custom Search
Places I've been
Travel
Prayers
Home
Tutorials
Art Work
Custom Search
Slovenian Language
Translations
Contact Us
About Us
Site Map
Store
Blog
Next
The wall
The wall - Graffiti
Mary's Spring
Church Of Visitation
Ein Kerem with St. John the Baptist Church
Benedictus
Flowers
Like my photos? Check out my posters.
Next
YAD VASHEM
HALL OF REMEMBRANCE
KNESSET - ISRAELIS PARLAMENT
KNESSET MENORAH
In the afternoon we headed toward Jerusalem which meant that we had to cross the border between the Palestinian and Israeli territories again - this time in the light of day - and we were shocked to see how tall and scary the wall that separates them actually is. We were looking at the graffiti, constantine wire, armed soldiers and got a first hand glimpse at the painful and often dangerous situation this land is facing. By the way; the U.S. Department of State "urges Americans to defer travel to the West Bank and refrain from all travel to the Gaza Strip at this time".

The dramatic crossing was all but forgotten at the beautiful settings of
MARY'S SPRING under the mosque, the CHURCH OF VISITATION, and ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST CHURCH in the village of EIN KEREM, the birthplace of John the Baptist, on the outskirts of Jerusalem.
The Bible says: "And Mary arose in these days and went into the hill country with haste, into a city of Judah; and entered into the house of Zacharias and saluted Elisabeth. And it came to pass, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the baby leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Spiritů"(Luke 1: 39-41)
The Church of Visitation is surrounded by a wall that holds plates with the prayer "Magificat" written in 42 languages. There is an upper church with beautiful frescoes painted by Cesare Vagarini, and a lower church with a well and the rock, where, according to tradition, St. Elisabeth and St. John hid at the time when King Herod had sent his soldiers to slaughter all the sons of the Tribe of Judea, since it had been told to him that the Messiah was born in Judea.
The Bible says: "But the angel said to him: 'Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to give him the name John. He is never to take wine or other fermented drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit even from birth. . . And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous-to make ready a people prepared for the Lord." (Luke 1:13-17)
St. John the Baptist Church has an impressive history and, like so many other churches in Israel, has been destroyed and rebuilt many times. It greets you with a decorative archway and a courtyard with a wall that holds plates with the famous prayer known as the "Benedictus" in various languages. The most sacred place in the church is the grotto where St. John the Baptist was born.
THE WALL
GRAFFITI
MARY'S SPRING
CHURCH OF VISITATION
EIN KEREM WITH
ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST CHURCH
BENEDICTUS
It was still early in the afternoon so we had time to visit one more place: YAD VASHEM, a memorial, museum and research center for the 6 million victims of the holocaust. We happened to be there on the eve of Remembrance Day.

The most touching were two memorials: the Hall of Remembrance which holds the ashes of holocaust victims under the names of concentration camps and the memorial to approximately 1.5 million children who perished in the holocaust. The children's memorial is the one that keeps coming back into your thoughts and you simply couldn't understand how something like that could ever happen. First, when you walk into the underground cavern, you find yourself in completedarkness. Than you notice dimly lit black and white photographs of children's little faces. After a couple of steps you are faced by hundreds of tiny flames that flicker in the darkness while someone is reading Children's names, ages and hometowns. The eerie feeling stays with you long after you have left the monument.
YAD VASHEM
HALL OF REMEMBRANCE
On the way to the hotel
we stopped by the
Knesset Menorah - which
stands just over the street,
in front of the Knesset -
Israelis Parliament.
It was donated to the
Israelis by the members
of the British Parliament in 1956 and has 29 reliefs that represent events from the ancient Jewish history all the way to the modern times.
KNESSET - ISRAELIS PARLAMENT
KNESSET MENORAH