Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Old City of JERUSALEM - UNESCO #148

The city of Jerusalem is a place in almost permanent war (according to Wikipedia, during its long history, Jerusalem has been destroyed twice, besieged 23 times, attacked 52 times, and captured and recaptured 44 times and nowadays two nations claim it as capital city) but it's also probably one of the most fascinating places in the whole planet and its history is in a way the history of occidental world. In the UNESCO list since 1981 (proposed by Jordan) Jerusalem is another place I have in the top places of my "bucket list" since I was a young boy. Thank you very much Marina for this two beautiful postcards, they're really amazing and my collection is now richer - 159 down, 822 to go. This postcards took 2 days to arrive!

UNESCO #148 - Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the Old City of Jerusalem

UNESCO #148 - The Western Wall in Jerusalem
 
As a holy city for Judaism, Christianity and Islam, Jerusalem has always been of great symbolic importance. Among its 220 historic monuments, the Dome of the Rock stands out: built in the 7th century, it is decorated with beautiful geometric and floral motifs. It is recognized by all three religions as the site of Abraham's sacrifice. The Wailing Wall delimits the quarters of the different religious communities, while the Resurrection rotunda in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre houses Christ's tomb.


 

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