Dear family and friends~
After breakfast, Eric and Penny asked us if we wanted to go for a walk with them in the Armenian Quarter. When we walked out to the street, there was a marathon going on! The first picture is of some of the runners, with Israeli soldiers near the barrier.
That was the direction we wanted to go, but we couldn't. So we walked down David Street and wandered around for awhile.
We ended up near St. Mark's Convent, site of The Upper Room and The House of Mark. The second picture is of the sign near the door.
The third picture is of the door and decoration.
Everywhere we look in this city we see ANCIENT places. It is amazing!
A brief history of Jerusalem, from one of our tour leaders: During its long history, Jerusalem has been destroyed twice, besieged 23 times, attacked 52 times, and captured and recaptured 44 times. The oldest part of the city was settled sometime around 4000 BCE, making Jerusalem on of the oldest cities in the world.
Dawn and Chuck
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