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Israel - Jerusalem

The looney bin

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Oh my god, where have I landed? I am in Jerusalem in a hostel full of religious lunatics. They pray, they sigh thing like "God have mercy", they anoint themselves, and they have visions. Visions! And prophesies and revelations. And I sleep in a room full of them. It's only a question of time until one of them has a vision of me as the Antichrist or something and they'll slit my throat in my sleep. I'm not going to sleep much tonight, god these people scare me.
The city itself is full of parties because of the Sukkoth holiday. Here's a surprise dancing party we found wandering around:

Right, after my stay in the West Bank I came back to Jerusalem and stayed in another hostel. It was also full of nutcases but they didn't seem to be dangerous. In the end I stayed about 10 days in Jerusalem and i began to really like it. The good thing about a city full of wackos is that it's really entertaining. I had a great time! It's not a relaxing city, however. Everywhere you go you can feel the tension in the air. It's just always around, which makes the stay here very intense. Jerusalem is a very holy city, but I would call it the city of hate. You can really feel it here. Makes you uneasy. Just too many religions (or religious people) that don't like each other in one spot.

Some pictures:

Jerusalem with the Temple Dome in the middle:
Jerusalem.jpg

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre:
HolySepulchre.jpg
The holy sepulchre, I don't really know what's in there, there was a queue to get in.
altar.jpg
This stony surface replaced in the 19th century the stone where Jesus might maybe have lain after his death:
HolyStone.jpg
If I may quote a part of the Exodus:
20:4 You shall not make for yourself an idol, whether in the form of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.
20:5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them;

The Western Wall:
WesternWall.jpg

Oskar Schindler's grave:
Schindler.jpg
There are masses of people kissing some pieces of stones or other crap, but paying respect to an actual hero? I was all alone at the grave.

The place where the last supper took place:
LastSupper.jpg

Mary's Grave:
MarysGrave.jpg

Posted by 5fingerfab 09:43 Archived in Israel Tagged round_the_world

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If you are really scared, maybe you should pray and ask God to have mercy ^^ Allez courage cousin tu pensais bien que Jérusalem risquait d'être d'une religiosité extrême !! Dis-leur que ton oncle est un prêtre si la situation devient critique ;)

by risbo

Hello!!! you are in the Holy Land. What did you expect?

by Romo

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