Happy New Year!

Today we visited the Haram al-Sharif, or Noble Sanctuary, which consists of thirty-five acres of buildings, fountains, and minarets, and is home to Islam’s holy sites on the Temple Mount in the city of Jerusalem. At the center of the sanctuary is the Dome of the Rock, while Masjid al-Aqsa stands at the southernmost end.

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Students with Masjid al-Aqsa in the background.

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The Interior of Masjid al-Aqsa

 

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Exterior of the Dome of the Rock

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Interior of the Dome on the Rock

After our visit to the Temple Mount, we stopped at the Tomb of the Virgin, believed by Eastern Christians to be the burial place of Mary, the mother of Jesus.

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At the Tomb of the Virgin

 

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Lighting candles at the Tomb of the Virgin

 

 

After our trip to the Tomb of the Virgin, we boarded the bus and made for the city of Jericho, a city in the Palestinian Territories near the Jordan River.

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On our way to Jericho

DSC00995.JPGOur next stop was Qumran, an archaeological site in the West Bank managed by Israel’s Qumran National Park. The Qumran Caves are famous for the famous discovery of the Dead Sea scrolls.

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Taking in the views at Qumran National Park

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Qumran National Park

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Qumran National Park

We ended our day with a relaxing and fun-filled afternoon at the Dead Sea. After covering ourselves in the mud of the Dead Sea, our skin has never felt softer!

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Fun at the Dead Sea

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Hot chocolate after our mud baths. 

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