A Catholic priest stands with Christian worshippers under a picture of Jesus at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.
This church (known as the Church of the Resurrection to the Orthodox), houses not only the traditional sites of Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection, but also an insane number and variety of different altars, decorations and places to burn candles or incense, each given more or less importance by various churches within Christianity. This picture shows the entrance to the traditional site of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead.
An Orthodox Jew walks through the Jewish Quarter in Jerusalem.
The main entry of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, at the south end of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.
Muslim visitors contemplate a picture of Mecca in Istanbul’s Sultanahmet Mosque.
Found in a shop window in Jerusalem.
A visitor looks through a sunlit window into a cave full of centuries-old Jewish ossuaries, or bone boxes, on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem. Ossuaries have been used for the internment of skeletal remains by many different cultures throughout history, but they were especially popular among Jews of the Second Temple Period (40 B.C. – 135 A.D.). These date to that time.
Looking over the outskirts of Antakya (Antioch), Turkey, near the Syrian border, as the sun sets in May.
Here’s a selection of shots from a recent trip to Jerusalem, featuring Christian, Muslim and Jewish sites, mostly focused around or viewed from the Mount of Olives. In future posts I’ll try to put up some shots from the Wailing Wall (or Western Wall) of the Temple Mount, as well as some of my best attempts at street photography from one afternoon in the city. Enjoy!