We went to the Temple Mount. This is a Muslim shrine:
Mary and I bought these matching shirts in Jaffa Street the night before:
Boaz explained some history to us, and Carl gave us a Bible teaching using the Bible app on his phone as Bibles are not allowed on Temple Mount.
It is believed that this is where the ark of the covenant was kept when the Jewish Temple was here that King Solomon built.
Next we went to the Western Wall. I took this first picture walking up the ramp to get to the Temple Mount.
Here are the four men of our group, standing with the Western Wall behind them:
Boaz took this picture of our whole group:
Next we went to the southern steps of the temple. Boaz and Carl each gave us small talks about it. We learned that the stairs were made uneven to require you to walk slowly up the steps. Instead of rushing up to the temple, you had to make your way slowly, thinking about God.
This is part of the ruins from when the temple was destroyed by the Romans in AD 70:
Next we walked through Hezekiah’s tunnel. It was very long (around 1/3 of a mile). It is ankle deep in cold water for most of the way and some places the water reached above my knee.
This tunnel was built by King Hezekiah (from the Bible in Ancient times), dug underneath the City of David in Jerusalem. It was hand chiseled and designed as an aqueduct to provide Jerusalem with water during an impending siege by the Assyrians.
This facsimile was the place where the hand chisel/diggers met in the middle.
At the end of the tunnel!
We also went to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, which is the traditional place it is believed that Jesus was buried. The church was built by Queen Helena in the 4th century.
The end of this day was sad as it was our last day with Boaz and we had to say good bye to him. He was our excellent driver, amazing tour guide, and good friend.
In the evening, after dinner, we went to Jaffa Street again and also to Ben Yahuda Street for shopping and to enjoy the night and music with Israeli families.
This next entertainer… wow.
This ends Day 7.
Coming up next: Art/ancient artifact museum, Yad Vashem museum, and the Garden Tomb.
God bless you!