|Western Wall below and Dome of the Rock above.|
The church is so beautiful - and so complex and fought over - it hurts.
I need to go back so that I can actually experience the place.
|The Dome of the Church of the Holy Sepluchre.|
We didn't quite make it the way we had planned.
We happened to be leaving the city right at the wrong time.
We tried to make it through the Lion's Gate at the same time as hundreds of Muslims who had just finished praying.
You see, today was particularly special, it's Friday, the Islamic holy day, and Muslims use this day to go pray at the Al-Aqsa mosque atop the Temple Mount.
We were pressed up against a crowd of men, prayer rugs in hand, all leaving the Old City to return to their families.
What should have taken us a minute took a half hour as the crowd bottle-necked out of the city.
But frankly, I didn't mind.
I was in awe of it all.
What a day.
I later realized that in the span of one day, I was completely surrounded at three different times by Jews, Christians, and Muslims in the middle of their pilgrimages.
Now that puts this city in perspective.
Welcome to Jerusalem.