Posts in Category: Middle East

Bicycle on Jerusalem Balcony

Cyprus Bell Tower

Beehive Houses in Harran

Whoever Believes in Him

Street on Sabbath Morning

A man and a young girl walk through the streets of the Jewish Quarter in Jerusalem on a Sabbath morning.

I decided to walk through these streets on a Saturday around 10 a.m. and made two immediate observations: (1) the streets were nearly empty; and (2) the people I could see were dressed very nicely and walking as a family, on their way to a visit. The effect seemed to be universal throughout the entire neighborhood. The little girl in this picture was waiting for her family to come out the door of their house.

Rooftop Prayers

A Muslim man performs the namaz prayers on a rooftop in Diyarbakir, Turkey. Many people in the predominantly Kurdish city of Diyarbakir are religious, especially the older generation. Part of being religious usually means faithfully performing the daily prayers at the sound of the ezan from the mosque minarets. Although performing the namaz at the precise time of the call to prayer is not required, doing it five times a day is. When a Turkish person wants to say someone is religious, he might often just use the expression, “he does the namaz five times.” The elderly gentleman in this picture seems to fall into that category.

Mary with Rosaries and Crucifixes

Postcards in Jerusalem

Religious postcards for sale in the Christian quarter of old Jerusalem. I’m not certain, but I’m going to guess that guy in the middle is an Eastern Orthodox priest, maybe named a saint by the church. The narrow streets leading up to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre are full of both Orthodox and Catholic shops, selling crucifixes, little bottles of anointing oil, pictures like this, and many, many long thin candles for visitors to light in the church.

Priest in Mardin

Door on Christian Quarter Street