2016 | Israel Day #04 Highlights

We left Northern Israel and headed down to Jerusalem. We had an early morning stop at Yardenit in the Jordan River and we spent over an hour exploring the ruins of Beit She’an. We arrived in Jerusalem in the afternoon and visited Mount of Olives and the Garden Tomb.

Stop #1 Yardenit Baptismal Site 

Yardenit is located in the banks of the Jordan River on the southern tip of the Sea of Galilee. We arrived at the site at around 8am and there were just a handful of people making their way  down to the river banks. The visitor center rents out white robes for those who wished to be baptized in the Jordan River. 

Yardenit entrance | Canon Elan 7E/Arista Premium 400
Scriptures on the wall | Canon Elan 7E/Arista Premium 400
Yardenit trees | Canon Elan 7E/Arista Premium 400

Stop #2 Beit She’an National Park

Beit She’an Nation Park | Canon Elan 7E/Arista Premium 400

Beit She’an ruins | Canon Elan 7E/Arista Premium 400

Stop #3 Jerusalem

We finally arrived in Jerusalem. Our guide made a quick stop in an area that offers a panoramic view of  Jerusalem. It was so windy and cold that I started to shiver and my fingers felt numb. I leaned on the railings and tried to keep still as I took the photo. 

Jerusalem | Canon Elan 7E/Arista Premium 400

Our first stop in Jerusalem is the Mount of Olives. We walked around the Garden of Gethsemane and visited the Church of All Nations.

Olive tree at the Garden of Gethsemane | Canon Elan 7E/Arista Premium 400

It was late in the afternoon when we arrived at the Garden Tomb. The place was very crowded. There were lots of people at the entrance and there was a long line of people at the gift shop and exit. We met with our guide and he brought us to the Skull Hill viewing platform. There was a photo displayed on the platform of what the hill looked like 100 years ago. We walked around the garden and waited for our turn to enter the Garden Tomb

Golgotha viewing platform | Canon Elan 7E/Arista Premium 400
Garden Tomb entrance | Canon Elan 7E/Arista Premium 400

Our home for the next 4 nights is the Prima Hotel. 

The view form the hotel window | Canon Elan 7E/Arista Premium 400

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Author: monettelyan

I work night shifts I drink far too much coffee On my days-off, I like to walk around and take photos

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