Part 2. I lay on the floor of the mosque, trying to get a photograph of a man praying with his forehead to the carpet. As I got back on my knees I looked out the door to see a group of Christians carrying a cross down the Via Dolorosa. Such is the proximity of the different faiths in Jerusalem, the third most holy site of Islam.
Also in close proximity are the Dome of the Rock (2nd photo), completed in 691 AD and the Western Wall (as seen in the previous blog). The Dome of the Rock sits atop the Temple Mount where the Jews had their second temple until it was destroyed in 70 AD. The temple mount is one of the most contested pieces of land in the entire world. We had planned to make a second trip there, but postponed it because of rain. We found out later that had we gone, we would have encountered a riot of Palestinians who were protesting a shooting death in a nearby neighborhood that morning.
(Canon 5D2, 24-105mm @47mm, 1/50 sec, f4, ISO1250)
(Canon 5D2, 24-105mm @32mm , 1/160 sec, f8.0, ISO100)
(Canon 5D2, 70-200mm @200mm , 1/500 sec, f2.8, ISO200)
Photos ©Copyright Gary S. Chapman 2010