A Higher Perspective of Jerusalem

by Ben Mckechnie December. 07, 2016 1792 views

Five years ago today, I was seeking out a higher perspective over the old walled city of Jerusalem. I found it in a graveyard near the top of the Mount of Olives.

The Church of Mary Magdalene's shimmering heads appeared to call across to the iconic Dome of the Rock shrine. I remember the sounds of the old city sweeping over me, and not wanting to move for a very long time.

Looking up at the Mount of Olives before climbing it to look over Jerusalem's ancient walled city.

Bottom-left is the Church of Mary Magdelene. Top-right if the iconic Dome of the Rock shrine. I remember the sounds of the old city sweeping over me and feeling deeply moved.

The Dome of the Rock is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It's also an equally impressive sight far away and up close. Shortly after taking this shot, the janitor of the graveyard I was standing in tried to extort a ludicrous amount of shekels from me. I bid him farewell and walked back down towards the old city walls.

Non-muslims are able to visit Temple Mount (Sunday through Thursday) for a few hours each morning and one hour in the afternoons. I made it back from the Mount of Olives in time for the afternoon opening. You have to get in line down by the Wailing Wall. Security checks are extensive to say the least.

The sun was out in full force by the time I stood before the Dome of the Rock. The colors were quite remarkable. It was humbling to know I was somewhere that means so much to so many different people.


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Maura Elko 4 years, 5 months ago

Nice, I'd love to go there someday!

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Daris Pro 4 years, 6 months ago

Nice views and photos Ben!

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Luke Hagemann 4 years, 6 months ago

Really great post Ben!
I really love Jerusalem and I will be travelling to and exploring it next year in April.

4 years, 6 months ago Edited
Ben Mckechnie Replied to Luke Hagemann 4 years, 6 months ago

Thank you Luke. That's awesome - so have you been before?
I'd love to return some day. Jerusalem's old city was the most
atmospheric place I've ever been. Like stepping back in time.

4 years, 6 months ago Edited
Luke Hagemann Replied to Ben Mckechnie 4 years, 6 months ago

I have never been there before, so I am more than excited to be heading that way. I will also have a 3 day stop in Egypt on my way back to South Africa. I completely agree, it definitely is like stepping back in time, and it is such a priceless feeling a well!

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Sara G 4 years, 6 months ago

Great shots of this lovely ancient city..I imagine Jesus looking down over Jerusalem with tears he was so sad for them.

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Yokai - 4 years, 6 months ago

Fantastic views and photos, Ben! I especially like the composition in #2 .

4 years, 6 months ago Edited
Nick Geels 4 years, 6 months ago

Amazing pictures, Ben! I was in Israel this summer and I got to see a lot of the Old City along with much of the countryside and ruins. It is an amazing country! I was unable to get onto the temple mount because I was visiting during Ramadan and non-Muslims were not allowed in at that point. It is a beautiful country and I am hoping to do a series on my trip soon!

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Veronika 4 years, 6 months ago

Great pictures!! I hope I could visit Jerusalem one time.

4 years, 6 months ago Edited
Nero Drusus 4 years, 6 months ago

A country yet unseen by my eyes, truly fascinating country and good photos :)

4 years, 6 months ago Edited
Jay Boggess 4 years, 6 months ago

I've never seen Jerusalem from these perspectives....Fascinating series.......excellent camera work!

4 years, 6 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil 4 years, 6 months ago

Israel is a place to visit in my bucket list, and now, even more after seeing your pictures. I especially love #2 because i can see a wider Jerusalem.

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