Saturday, August 30, 2014

Jerusalem City trip 3rd part; Strolling Mount Zion

8-days Pinoy solo backpacking in Winter Israel
November 02 to November 10, 2013

Mount Zion is a hill in Jerusalem just outside the walls of the Old City. Mount Zion has been historically associated with the Temple Mount. In the Bible, Mount Zion is synonymous with Mount Moriah, the site of the binding of Isaac and the Jewish Temple. Important sites on Mount Zion are Dormition Abbey, King David's Tomb and the Room of the Last Supper. Most historians and archeologists today do not regard "David's Tomb" there to be the actual burial place of King David. The Chamber of the Holocaust (Martef HaShoah), the precursor of Yad Vashem, is also located on Mount Zion. Another place of interest is the Catholic cemetery where Oskar Schindler, a Righteous Gentile who saved the lives of 1,200 Jews in the Holocaust, is buried.

inside Mount Zion (King David's Statue)

inside Mount Zion (Dormition Church)

inside Mount Zion (King David's Tomb)

King David's Tomb is a site viewed as the burial place of David, King of Israel, according to a tradition beginning in the 12th century. The tomb is situated in a ground floor corner of the remains of the former Hagia Zion, a Byzantine church. Older Byzantine tradition dating to the 4th century identified the location as the Cenacle of Jesus and the original meeting place of the Christian faith. The building is now part of the Diaspora Yeshiva.

The Cenacle, also known as the "Upper Room", is the site of The Last Supper. The word is a derivative of the Latin word cena, which means dinner. In Christian tradition, based on Acts 1:13, the "Upper Room" was not only the site of the Last Supper (i.e. the Cenacle), but the usual place where the Apostles stayed in Jerusalem, "the first Christian church". Thus the Cenacle is considered the site where many other events described in the New Testament took place, such as: the Washing of the Feet,  some resurrection appearances of Jesus, the gathering of the disciples after the Ascension of Jesus, the election of Saint Matthias as apostle and the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples on the day of Pentecost.
inside Mount Zion (Holocaust Cellar)

inside Mount Zion (Room of the Last Supper)

inside Mount Zion (Room of the Last Supper)

inside Mount Zion (King David's Statue with group of Filipino tourists)


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