Photography / Travel

Photo Friday – ancient religious sites

Okay so Photo Friday comes a day early this week because I am off to explore Lalibela, an ancient city in Ethiopia. You don’t have to be religious to appreciate these ancient sites. Though I must say it somewhat disappoints me that some of these sites cannot be seen for what they are in the form that they were found but rather through some religious structure built on top of it. Still interesting though.

Jewish cemetery on the slope of the Mount of Olives. It is a sought after burial site because in Jewish tradition, the Messiah will descend the Mount of Olives on Judgement Day. The golden dome in the distance is the Dome of the Rock, the sacred rock where the Prophet Muhammad prayed and went to paradise during his Night Journey from Mecca to Jerusalem and back to Mecca on the winged steed called Al-Burak.

Jewish cemetery on the slope of the Mount of Olives, Jerusalem. It is a sought after burial site because in Jewish tradition, the Messiah will descend the Mount of Olives on Judgement Day. The golden dome in the distance is the Dome of the Rock, the sacred rock where the Prophet Muhammad prayed and went to paradise during his Night Journey from Mecca to Jerusalem and back to Mecca on the winged steed called Al-Burak.

Church of the Assumption where The Virgin Mary was assumed into heaven, Jerusalem

Church of the Assumption where The Virgin Mary was assumed into heaven, Jerusalem

Inside Church of the Assumption

Inside Church of the Assumption

A tree in the Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus prayed the night before he was crucified, Jerusalem

A tree in the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus prayed the night before he was crucified

Church of the Nativity built on the original barn where The Virgin Mary laid Jesus, Bethlehem

Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem built on the original barn where The Virgin Mary laid Jesus

That's the spot where Jesus was laid at his birth kisses a thousand times over by visitors. Photo by my husband Kjetil

That’s the spot where Jesus was laid at his birth, kissed a thousand times over by visitors. Photo by my husband Kjetil

Close up. Photo by my husband Kjetil

Close up. Photo by my husband Kjetil

Church of the Annunciation, Nazareth which was built on the remnants of The Virgin Mary's home believed to be the site of the annunciation where the angel Gabriel told Mary she was to be the Mother of God.

Church of the Annunciation, Nazareth which was built on the remnants of The Virgin Mary’s home believed to be the site of the annunciation where the angel Gabriel told Mary she was to be the Mother of God.

Church of the Annunciation, Nazareth which was built on the remnants of The Virgin Mary's home believed to be the site of the annunciation where the angel Gabriel told Mary she was to be the Mother of God.

Church of the Annunciation, Nazareth

Inside Church of the Annunciation, Nazareth

Inside Church of the Annunciation, Nazareth

Inside Church of the Annunciation, Nazareth

Inside Church of the Annunciation, Nazareth

 Abraham's tomb in Al Khalil Mosque, Hebron, Palestine.


Abraham’s tomb in Al Khalil Mosque, Hebron, Palestine.

Tomb of Sarah, Abraham's wife, Al Khalil Mosque, Hebron, Palestine.

Tomb of Sarah, Abraham’s wife, Al Khalil Mosque, Hebron, Palestine.

Tomb of Isaac, Abraham's son, Al Khalil Mosque, Hebron, Palestine.

Tomb of Isaac, Abraham’s son, Al Khalil Mosque, Hebron, Palestine.

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2 thoughts on “Photo Friday – ancient religious sites

    • Thanks so much for having a look at these. Lalibela was gorgeous! From a photography point of view, it made me feel like I really need to get a nice camera. The mobile is not cutting it anymore:-)

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