How can I wrap up the Old Jerusalem in 60 seconds? I can’t. You may just have to go see it for yourself.
The Temple Mount. Western Wall. Dome of the Rock. Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Al-Aqsa Mosque.
It’s a hit parade of names of holy sites in Old Jerusalem, the city that Israel claims as its capital. Yes, others consider the city, especially East Jerusalem, to be occupied Palestinian territory. But the debate over Jerusalem has been going on for hundreds of years, and I’m not going to settle it today.
What’s important is, Jerusalem is open to visitors, and it’s a fascinating place with a history that’s tough to beat. And there’s also some great humus and baklava to be had down the winding, cobblestone streets of Old Jerusalem.
I admired the well-worn stones of the city and on the floor of, for example, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre where Jesus was said to be buried. And I thought, as I’m sure so many before me have, “If these stones could talk!”
The stones are still talking, as archeologists continue digging up the City of David, just outside the old walls of Jerusalem. Go. Listen. It’s a trip of a lifetime.