Following the footsteps of Jesus in Jerusalem
We start our tour with a great viewpoint, overlooking The Judean Desert. We then drive along Mount Scopus, passing by Augusta Victoria Compound. The compound was built during 1907 to 1910 by the German Kaiser Wilhelm 2nd who named it after his wife – Augusta Victoria. Beside a hospital, the complex also includes the German Protestant Church of the Ascension, with its 50 meter high bell tower – one out of the 3 prominent towers along the Olive Mountain ridge. We get to a panoramic view overlooking the old and new city of Jerusalem atop Mount of Olive observation point. We talk about the history of the city, its importance to the 3 main monotheistic religions and identify the main buildings we see around.
Driving down the slopes of Mount of Olive and getting down to the Kidron Ravine, known as Valley of Jehoshaphat. Passing by Tombs of the Prophets, we continue to Dominus Flevit Church, and continue to the olive groves of Gethsemane and visit The Agony church, also known as The All Nations Church, where Jesus prayed his last prayer before He was delivered to the Romans. Driving along the Kidron Ravine, we can see the Tomb of Absalom.
Entering The Moslem Quarter through St. Stephen Gate (also called The Lions Gate) to start our march along The Via Dolorosa. Visit Church of St. Anne and the Pools of Bethesda. We march along The way of the Suffering of Jesus Christ, to reach its final stations, located at The Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
We visit The Church of the Holy Sepulchre sites: The Ethiopian Village atop the roof of the Church, The 10th Station of The Via Dolorosa, 11-13 Stations of The Via Dolorosa – on top of The Rock of Calvary (Golgotha), Stone of Anointing, Rotunda and Aedicule– the Holy Sepulchre itself and Chapel of Saint Helena.
We exit the Old City of Jerusalem, strolling along The Christian Quarter alleys, making our way to the Jaffa Gate.