Wednesday, June 9, 2010

James Durham - Exploring Jerusalem

Our Israel 2010 students and faculty are afoot, exploring the archeological and spiritual treasures of Jerusalem. After morning classes, participants can be found wandering the souks (marketplaces) of the Old City and touring religious sites, such as the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Church of St. Anne (the grandmother of Jesus), the Western Wall (Kotel), and the plaza of the Dome of the Rock. Others don sunscreen to trek the rigorous Ramparts Walk along the top of the stone wall of the Old City, enjoying panoramic views of Jerusalem. Some venture beyond the Old City to the Israel Museum, and tour the Shrine of the Rock, which houses the Dead Sea Scrolls. The truly adventuresome undertake the Tunnel Tour, which explores underground tunnels near the Western Wall and displays streets from the time of Herod the Great, ancient cisterns, and a Crusader moat.

Please enjoy these videos:

June 5, 2010 - Shana Slawitsky (Student, Touro Law Center) takes a ride on a camel at a roadside stop on the highway from Ein Gedi to Jerusalem.

June 8, 2010 - Israel 2010 students take an evening tour of the underground tunnels adjacent to the Western Wall in Jerusalem.

And here are a few photos from our adventures:

A view of the Dome of the Rock and an adjacent minaret at twilight.

On cool afternoons, faculty and students head to the Ramparts Walk, along the top edge of the wall of the Old City for some of the finest views of Jerusalem. Here, Peter Mancino treks the ramparts, with the Tower of David in the background.

The Tower of David, as viewed from atop the Rampart's Walk along the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem.

The Shrine of the Book at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem houses the Dead Sea Scrolls.

By James Durham, Touro Law Center Summer Abroad Program in Israel 2010

1 comment:

  1. awesome pics, you're quite the indiana jones in the pic