Amman Jordan Originally Known as Philadelphia

Amman Jordan Today Amman Jordan is considered to be among the most liberal and westernized Arab cities. It is located in North Central Jordan. Known in the Bible as home to the Ammonites. The early settlement site, known as Ain Ghazl which is situated on a valley-side, dates back to 7250 BC. Ain Ghazal is well known for […]

Petra & The Nabataeans

Petra & The Nabataeans We will spend our first Jordan night in Petra, staying at the the Petra Panorama Hotel. It is a modest hotel but the rooms have a wonderful view of the “Rose City”.  Petra was in the land of the Edomites, who were descendants of Esau. Israel and Edom were constantly at […]

Area G and The Four Quarters

Area G and The Four Quarters of The Old City Area G and the four quarters are located in the Old City. Traditionally, the Old City has been divided into four uneven quarters, although the current designations were introduced only in the 19th century. Today, the Old City is roughly divided (going counterclockwise from the northeastern […]

The Temple Mount & Dome of the Rock

It will be a special treat if we are able to go up on The Temple Mount. John and I had the opportunity and by all means we are so very glad we did not miss it. There is no guarantee that we will be able to as at any time, The Arabs can decide […]

Hezekiah’s Tunnel and The Pool of Siloam

Hezekiah’s Tunnel and The Pool of Siloam We will walk in illuminated darkness through the water of Hezekiah’s Tunnel, where water has flowed since the time of the prophets. We will pass through the underground tunnels  through which the city was conquered and residents fled. Go down to the hidden spring where kings were coronated., […]

Herodium

Herodium Seven miles south of Jerusalem is Herodium. We will get a great opportunity on this trip to visit the place that is believed to be Herod the Great’s tomb. He built this fortress as his palace between 23 -15 BCE. It is 758 meters above sea level and the highest elevation in the Judean […]

Southern Wall Excavations

Southern Wall Excavations & The Archaeological Park The southern wall excavations area is located on the south-west side of the temple mount, inside the old city. The area is approached thru the Ha’Ashpathot (Dung) gate, which is located on the south side of the area, which is today an Archaeological park. This was a highlight […]

The Western Wall

The Western Wall The Western Wall in the Old City in Jerusalem is the section of the Western supporting wall of the Temple Mount which has remained intact since the destruction of the Second Temple Period.  It became the most sacred spot in Jewish religious and national consciousness and tradition by virtue of its proximity to […]

The Upper Room

The Upper Room The Upper Room or Last Supper Room is a second-story room in Jerusalem that commemorates the “upper room” in which Jesus shared the Last Supper with the disciples. The site of the Last Supper is not known for sure and the Gospel accounts provide few clues. It cannot be the present room, which was […]

House of Caiaphas, The High Priest

House of Caiaphas, The High Priest The House of Caiaphas stood near the Palace of the Asmonaeans, on the eastern part of the Upper City. per Josephus. In 457 AD  a church was built on the site of the former palace of the high priest. The church was erected to protect the courtyard of the high priest […]