Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Ramparts Walk

This is me at the top of Nabi Samwil, or the church/mosque where it is said to be the Prophet Samuel's tomb or burial place. Since Jews, Christians, and Muslims all believe in the old testament in a fairly similar context and its prophets, this place has an interesting history. Christians built it as a church at first, but was later taken over by Muslisms, and now the top part of the church is changed and resembles a mosque, and in the basement is a cenotaph marking the place where Samuel was burried where Jews worship, pray, and study. The mosque isnt functioning, but the presence of both Muslim and Jewish religions are prominent in this building. The tower you see is called a minaret where the Call to Prayer is given from 5 times a day for the Muslims.

This is one part on top of the Old City's wall that we got to walk around. Behind me you can see the Dome of the Rock on the Temple mount in the Muslim Quarter of the Old City.

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