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 ST. PETER'S IN GALLICANTU
 ST. PETER'S IN GALLICANTU - slopes od Mount Zion
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WESTERN WALL, THE KOTEL
DUNG GATE
WESTERN WALL, THE KOTEL
WESTERN WALL, THE KOTEL
WESTERN WALL, THE KOTEL
BAZAAR
BAZAAR
THE CHURCH OF THE HOLY SEPULCHER.
THE CHURCH OF THE HOLY SEPULCHER - GOLGOTHA
CHRIST'S TOMB
The Bible says:
"And he said, I tell
thee, Peter, the cock
shall not crow this
day, until thou shalt
thrice deny that thou
knowest me."
(Luke 22:34)
After the visit of the Tomb of the Virgin Mary we climbed
on the bus again which took us on the other bank of the
Kidron Valley to
ST. PETER'S IN GALLICANTU (From
Latin: Gallus - cock; Cantu - crow, or "cock's crow".),
which is located on the slopes of
MOUNT ZOIN. This
church commemorates the moment when Peter denied
three times that he knew Jesus. It is said that the church
was built on the spot that use to be the palace of the
high priest Caiaphas. There are several caves under the
church and, according to tradition; it is here where Jesus
was held after his arrest.

ST. PETER'S IN GALLICANTU
SLOPES OF MOUNT ZION WITH
ST. PETER'S IN GALLICANTU
You cannot visit Jerusalem without
stopping at the most sacred place of the
Jewish nation:
THE WESTERN WALL. The
bus let us go in front of the smallest of all
Jerusalem's Gates: The
DUNG GATE (there
are different theories about its name)
which is the only gate that leads directly
into the Jewish quarter and also close to
the
DOME OF THE ROCK (AL-AQSA
MOSQUE)
which we were not allowed to
see at this time. So we went through the
Dung gate and found ourselves in front of a
modern version of an entrance - the one
with the detectors and armed guards.
WESTERN WALL, THE KOTEL, is a part of the remaining
retaining outer wall of the Temple that was destroyed in the
year 70 AD by the Roman Empire. Men and women can
approach it separately. There are three other remaining
retaining walls, but this one is the most sacred, because it is
the closest to the location of the Holy of Holies in the
Temple. Worshipers visit the wall to recite Psalms, Book of
Limitations or insert their wish notes into the wall which can
also be done on line using this link
:
We all "passed" the test (men and women separate and both
appropriately dressed) and we entered the Western Wall
Plaza. It was a Memorial day and Israeli Marines were, in
their best, white, uniforms standing guard to the flame in
front of the Wall.
The Bible says:
"And they were come unto a place
called Golgotha, that is to say, The
place of a skull…"
(Matthew 27: 33)

"Then are there crucified with him
two robbers, one on the right hand
and one on the left."
(Matthew 27: 38)

"And Jesus cried again with a loud
voice, and yielded up his spirit."
(Matthew 27: 50)

"And Joseph took the body, and
wrapped it in a clean linen cloth..."
(Matthew 27: 59)
The Bible says:
"…and laid it in his own new
tomb, which he had hewn out
in the rock: and he rolled a
great stone to the door of the
tomb, and departed."
(Matthew 27: 60)

"And the angel answered and
said unto the women, Fear not
ye; for I know that ye seek
Jesus, who hath been crucified.
He is not here; for he is risen,
even as he said. Come, see the
place where the Lord lay."
(Matthew 28: 5-6)
From there we walked towards one of
the most sacred of Christian sites:
THE
CHURCH OF THE HOLY SEPULCHER.
On the way there we had to pass an incredibly interesting
MUSLIM BAZAAR
(market place). The narrow streets had
hundreds and hundreds of little stores with a thousand and
one interesting things. It is customary to negotiate the price,
which takes time, which we did not have… oh, oh… but I still
succeeded to put my nose into a couple of stores and
somehow managed to end up in front of the Church with a big
plastic bag full of things - and so did others. I loved it. I loved
the art of negotiation, which requires not only the skill to
negotiate but you also have to know the basic characteristics
of the items you are buying and it helps if you know
approximately at what price they are selling elsewhere.
Church of the Holy Sepulcher is built on the site,
where even the scientist agree, was most likely the
location of Christ's tomb. It is additionally believed
by many, that this is also the place where Jesus was
crucified and died (
GOLGOTHA - which is, according
to an ancient tradition, also the place where Adam
was buried), and rose from the dead.
Since the "various types" of Christians could not
agree as to whom this church is going to belong, a
deal was made about 200 years ago, when the
church was under the Ottoman Turks, that it is
going to belong to the Greek Orthodox, Armenians,
Roman Catholics, Copts, Ethiopians and Syrian
Orthodox and would be open by a Muslim
key-holder in the morning. This agreement is still
respected, so you can hear different types of
worship continuously, at appointed times,
throughout the day.
We climbed the stairs and kissed the rock
where the cross was standing, touched
the
STONE OF UNCTION and waited in
line to see
CHRIST'S TOMB. At five
o'clock we joined the procession where
Franciscan monks, with candles in hand,
trace Christ's last paschal journey, which
can be joined every day of the year.
Soon, to soon, it was the end of day three
of our journey.
DUNG GATE
WESTERN WALL, THE KOTEL
WESTERN WALL,
THE KOTEL
BAZAAR
THE CHURCH OF THE HOLY SEPULCHER
GOLGOTHA
CHRIST'S TOMB