A painted window shutter at a Christian bookstore in Jerusalem’s old city.
Pictures of Mary mix with crucifixes and rosaries on a street in Jerusalem’s Christian Quarter.
Here’s a man selling a handful of stuffed foxes on the street in Diyarbakir, Turkey.
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.
An Assyrian Orthodox priest walks through the courtyard of his church in Mardin, southeast Turkey.
Shofars (ram’s horn trumpets) are displayed for sale in front of a closed shop door in the Christian Quarter of the Old City in Jerusalem’s center.
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.
In the Cappadocian town of Derinkuyu in central Turkey, there’s an entrance to an underground city that dates back to the time of the Hittites. The city features eight stories of underground tunnels and rooms, and that’s only the upper half that’s open to tourists. Tour buses come in and out of the parking lot of the place all day long.
On the other side of the parking lot sits a large, impressive Armenian church built some time in the 1800’s. The church is now empty and locked year round; there are no Armenians here anymore, and apparently no one who wants a church. No one approaches it except local children passing through the yard on their way to school.
This is one of the locked side doors of the abandoned building.