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Here is the Church of the Mount of the Beatitudes. It is located on the northern end of the Sea of Galilee (known in the present day as Lake Tiberias--Tiberias is the largest town in the area and located on the western shore). The church is located 1/4 or 1/8 of a mile up the hill from the shore. (See picture below.) The blue in the background at church level is the Sea of Galilee. The church itself is very small. Even though it's small, the spiritual intensity of the area makes it one of my favorite churches (and places) in the world.
   
Here is the Mount of the Beatitudes as viewed from behind the church (behind if you consider the picture above the front; or the front of the church if viewed upward from the Sea of Galilee as in the picture below). Even though it was just grass and fields, it was a very peaceful place, and had an indescribable spiritual quality about it.
   
This was taken during my tour group's cruise on the Sea of Galilee. The Mount of the Beatitudes is shown in the background, with the church located in the clump of greenery on top of the hill in the center of the picture.
   

Here I am standing in front of the Garden Tomb. There is a door to the tomb (not the tomb's original door) that says, "HE IS NOT HERE -- FOR HE IS RISEN". Look at the wooden plank that my back foot is standing on. It's there to keep people from tripping over the trench in front of the tomb. The trench exists for a large circular stone to roll inside of it to cover the entrance.

Mark 15: 46 -- So Joseph bought some linen cloth, took down the body, wrapped it in the linen, and placed it in the tomb cut out of rock. Then he rolled a stone against the entrance of the tomb.

   
Here is the bed(?) in the Garden Tomb where somebody's body would have been laid. Of course, if you believe Jesus was entombed here, this is where his body was laid. The Garden Tomb Cross was carved right next to this bed. (See the link on the Sandalphon.Com home page for the picture and story of the Garden Tomb Cross, or click here.)
   
Here I am standing in front of the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem. I should have a page devoted just to that, but they don't allow you to take pictures inside so I don't have any scans, so it would just be me talking and that would be too boring for a single page. Inside it is super beautiful. You have to take your shoes off and you get to walk around on dozens and dozens of red persian rugs layered on top of each other. The whole room is dimly lit, and on the walls are all sorts of geometrical designs and flowery, plant-like art. The Muslims don't like any human or animal images in their mosques, so they really emphasize geometry and plants in their art. The rock appears to be the size of a small motorhome (?). You can step down underneath it somehow and touch the underside of it. This is the highest point in Jerusalem, the site of the Holy of Holies for both Temples, where the Ark of the Covenant resided, the site where Abraham is suppose to have offered Isaac as a sacrifice, the site where Mohammed is to have ascended to heaven, where the cornerstone of the Earth's creation is, and where the center of the whole world is suppose to be. I also think that some people believe that heaven is connected to Earth at this spot, and Jacob's ladder would be here too. Orthodox Jews are forbidden to even go on the plaza for fear they enter the space that used to be (and still is) the space of the inner temple (because only the High Priest is allowed in that "space," and then only on Yom Kippur after a lot of religious preparation, etc.)
   
This is Jaffa Gate, one of the main entrances to the Old City. This is the gate I used the most when I visited because it was closest to my hotel. This is a classic view of the Old City.
 
This is the cave where John the Baptist was suppose to be born. This place had a tremendous energy. What does that mean? Some places just felt special, and gave you a feeling you can't get anywhere else. A lot of people who visit the Holy Land say the same thing about certain places they visited while there.
   
I'm not sure if this would qualify for other people's Top 10 List of Fascinating Christian Images, but it does mine, or at least the Top 20. These are in the British Museum. They are special wax and dye pictures of Christians from the Second Century. They fascinate me because I didn't know that such accurate looking pictures were possible in that early day and age that could hold their integrity for two thousand years. Obviously paintings don't exist from that early date, but apparently these little wax pictures do. I'm not the expert on wax images, but it seems these may be the earliest known pictures of actual Christians. (Be sure to click on the image to see the larger version and you can see the detail in their faces.)
   
This is just a little extra thing I'm throwing on here. This is from the museum in Notre Dame in Paris. The sphere contains a crown of thorns which is said to be the actual crown worn by Jesus during the Crucifixion. It was purchased by King (Saint) Louis IX of France in the 13th century for a huge sum of money. It also came with some so-called pieces of the True Cross (little slivers that are said to be actual pieces of Jesus' cross).
   
I took this picture at Mission Santa Cruz in Santa Cruz, California. You can see that the picture developed in an "unusual" way. The rainbow and red halo were not there when I took the picture, they just "appeared" during developing. (This is a higher resolution scan than a version of the picture I had on here before. This version has not been enhanced, altered, or filtered.)
   
While I was experimenting with filtering the picture above in order to enhance the rainbow effect, I came up with this version. I found that nothing could be done to the original picture to enhance the rainbow, but I found that some of the enhancement brought out a life-like quality. (See how the rainbow, passing in front of the face, caused the filtering process to bestow a more flesh-tone color to the face as opposed to the rest of the stone body!)
   
This is my version of the image of Jesus on the Shroud of Turin. I inverted the picture and filtered it so as to bring out the facial features a little better (I hope).
   
   
 
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