The Jerusalem visit
Our private tour guide in Israel will take you through the old city of Jerusalem.
At the Jaffa Gate, at the foot of the ramparts I will give you an account of the history of the old city. We will begin with the Armenian Quarter at Emmanuelle Church, the first Protestant Church in the Middle East at the end of the 19th century. There is a museum where I will present you a model of the city which traces the life of Jerusalem in the 1st century. Inside the church I will introduce you to the peculiarities of the place. We will continue to the Jewish Quarter and we will visit the remains of the old Byzantine Cardo. We will go through different synagogues like the "Hourva".
We will discover Judaism at the Wailing Wall, the last remains of the Temple of Jerusalem. We will visit, not far from there, the Davidson Center where some important remains were found in the 19th century dating from the 1st century at the time of the second Temple. Then we will continue to the Muslim quarter across the street and admire the Damascus Gate, the main gate leading to the Muslim quarter. We will continue our private tour guide to discover Christianity, it is along the street Via Dolorosa that we will walk along the 14 points of the Way of the Cross continuing to St Sepulcher, in the heart of the Christian district. According to the Christian tradition, this was the path that Jesus had to take while carrying the cross to be crucified.
We will continue our journey towards Mount Zion, we will visit the upper room or Cenacle, the place where Jesus and the apostles took their last meal and also the place where the apostles blessed the holy spirit, the day of Pentecost.
Near the Cenacle is the tomb of King David, a major pilgrimage site for Jews, Christians and Muslims.
On the Mount of Olives we will contemplate the old city as well as the temple mount, and then we will descend through its paths and visit churches telling New Testament stories such as Dominus Flevit Gethsemane.
It is possible to visit the Temple Mount in the morning from Sunday to Thursday but the visit will have to start earlier, the access is free but is allowed under certain conditions that I will reveal to you.
Jerusalem according to Jews
The ancestral capital of Judaism presented by your private tour guide
his was the place recalled in the Old Testament where the unsuccessful sacrifice of Isaac, son of Abraham on Mount Moria (Temple Mount) took place, thus creating the covenant between man and a single god that would later be called Monotheism. Conquered and built by King David, King of Israel in -1000 BC, it was the capital of the twelve tribes of Israel. It is the city that once housed the first and second temple, the Mecca of Judaism. In the temple, according to Jewish tradition, is the Ark of the Covenant, where the tablets of the law engraved by God and given to men by Moses on Mount Sinaï are stored. For Judaism, the temple symbolizes the house of God on earth as it is written in the Old Testament "You will build Me a house and I will dwell among you". In the temple, animal sacrifices were made called "daily expiatory sacrifice". The Israelites stay there during the annual pilgrimages, three times a year during the three big festivals. After its almost complete destruction by Rome in the year 70 AD in the first century, only the Western wall resisted and became the unique place of pilgrimage, called the Wailing Wall.
Jerusalem according to Christians
The Passion of Christ, told by the private tour guide of Sababa Tours
Jerusalem is the place where Jesus lived his last days, was betrayed by Judah, arrested by the masters of the temple and the Roman soldiers and judged, underwent terrible sufferings on the Cross, on Mount Golgotha. The crucifixion of Jesus, as recounted in the New Testament, describes the trials inflicted upon him. Jesus was forced to carry his cross by soldiers who flogged him, wearing a crown of thorns, and brought to a rock outside the city Golgotha, "the place of the skull", in the heart of the Christian quarter, is the Basilica of "St Sepulcher". This torture began where "Via dolorosa" is located in the Muslim quarter, an alley that runs through the ancient city of Jerusalem. It is from El Omaria school, built on the ruins of the fortress of Antonia where "Pontius Pilate" judged Jesus, that begins the way of the 14 points to finish at the Basilica of the Holy Sepulcher, right in the heart of the Christian neighborhood. Jerusalem is rich in places found in the New Testament, places known as: the Temple Mount, the Mount of Olives, Mount Zion, Cenacle, Gethsemane and many others. Sababa is a tour specialized in Christian pilgrimage to Israel.
Jerusalem according to Islam
The 3rd holiest place of Islam, narrated by your private tour guide.
This is the place where the abortive sacrifice of Ishmael, son of Abraham, and the alliance between God and man on Mount Moria, the mosque's esplanade, took place.
This is the place where the prophet Muhammad, founder of Islam, would have had a night vision and according to the story, he travelled from Mecca to Jerusalem on the back of his white winged horse called "Al Buraq" so to go to the rock of sacrifice.
Muhammad ascended to heaven from this rock to receive the command of God to pray five times a day.
In 691 AD the "dome of the rock" will be built, one of the oldest remains dating back to the first Muslim dynasty called the Umayads.