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Jerusalem: Religious Architecture through the Ages

June 6, 2009

This itinerary surveys the historical architecture in Jerusalem’s Old City and reveals its continuity and survival despite the ravages of time, war, schism, earthquake and fire.

Many of the churches, monasteries, mosques and shrines that we visit mark sites associated with the formative stages of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, along with the life and religious practices of the Jewish people, the public ministry of Jesus and his apostles in Jerusalem, and the subsequent transformation under Muslim rule.  Even in later centuries, the design of the buildings that we see commemorate the religious traditions of individual communities.

We will see Herodian and even Hasmonean stones in buildings of Byzantine, early-Islamic and Crusader periods.

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