Walking through the Lions gate to St. Anne’s Basilica and Bethzatha Pool

 

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Lion Gate

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We walked through the Lion Gate and reached St. Anne’s Basilica and Bethzatha Pool, which stands in a courtyard with trees and ancient ruins. It contrasts with the alleys of the Muslim Quarter. Mr. Hani informed us that Anne and Joachim the parents of Mary lived here and that Mary was born here. In 1187 the Muslim Saladin, or Salah ad-Din conquered Jerusalem and  converted it intoIslamic school, known as al-Madrasa as-Salahiyya.  There is a  Pools of Bethesda, where Christ healed a sick man. Today the entire site is managed by Missionaries of Africa. Continue reading “Walking through the Lions gate to St. Anne’s Basilica and Bethzatha Pool”

Walking through trail of Jesus on Mount Olives

As usual our day began with breakfast at the hotel and with a bight smile  we all were set for our visit to Jerusalem.  We visited The Mount of Olives which is a  mountain ridge east of Jerusalem’s old city. We were  briefed that the mount was named for the olives groves that once covered it. Continue reading “Walking through trail of Jesus on Mount Olives”

Cana and Haifa with the Zion Family

We had an early wake up call since we were checking out of the hotel and proceeding to our next destination.The two places included in our itinerary were Cana and Haifa, with all the excitement to explore new places we had a our breakfast and said a goodbye to  the staff of Hotel Rimonim, who were an amazing host in Nazareth and boarded the bus. Continue reading “Cana and Haifa with the Zion Family”