I know it’s not news to some people.
Common knowledge amongst the common-folk of blighty, but here it is in black and white.
The extent of ritual abuse in the UK is pretty widespread and it should come as a shock to no-one considering this is the country that invented masonry. The two go pretty much hand in hand.
Can’t say I’m too interested in all the bellygazing about Saville. He is after all DEAD.
There’s plenty of bad things going on here, today, right now. No-one cares a f*ck about.
There lies a different reality..
Google activists should be aware of his slides around 1:36.
I intend to keep this up to date; giving clear GPS fixes of the most important religious sites in Egypt.
Where Moses received the ten Commandments.
Located: 28.539 33.975
Monastery of St. Anthony
The oldest surviving monastery.
Located: 28.936 32.352
Towns of Sodom & Gomorrah
God’s destruction upon early buggers.
Dead Sea Scrolls
Testament by the Essenes to the Second Coming of Christ.
Located: 31.77369 35.2039
Church of the Nativity
Site of the Birth of Christ
Located: 31.70431 35.20736
Church of the Holy Sepulcher
Site of the death of Christ
Located: 31.77802 35.22980
Was going to visit the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, Israel has other Ideas and is celebrating Shabbat which means everything, (even B&Q), closes down for the day. No buses, no nothing.
The streets are silent.
Nature is in recovery.
So much to see within the City Walls, it’s an experience in itself.
Old City is built in a valley, made up of a series of walkways, divided to 4 quarters reflecting the religious persuasion of that sections inhabitants.
I’ve devoted my attention to visiting the three most important sites in Jerusalem Old City:-
- Jews – The Wailing Wall [Part of the Holy Temple of David site of the Holy Holies]
- Christians – The Church of the Sepulcher [Built on the site of the Crucifixion]
- Muslims – The Dome of the Rock
Jews – The Wailing Wall or Western Wall
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Originally making up part of Temple one for David, this Western wall is all that remains of the structure after being sacked by Titus Caesar of the Roman Empire, leaving a small part of the temple wall to give camp to his troops.
It is said that God offered his protection to the Temple in Midrash saying it would never be destroyed for when water ran from between it’s cracks, it symbolised the coming of the Messiah.
Jews approach the wall whilst bowing and kissing, some place hand written notes in the cracks. When they are finished bowing, kissing and praying they must back away still facing the structure.
This is tradition.
Christians – The Church of the Sepulcher
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Built on Golgotha site of the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ around 333 by Emperor Constantine and the Bishop Saint Macarius. The church was fully destroyed in 1009 Al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah and Control of Jerusalem, and thereby the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, continued to change hands several times between the Fatimids and the Seljuk Turks (loyal to the Abbasid caliph in Baghdad) until the arrival of the Crusaders in 1099.
The church fell back under Muslim control after Saladin who assigned responsibility for it to two neighbouring Muslim families. The Joudeh were entrusted with the key, and the Nusseibeh, who had been the custodians of the church since the days of Caliph Omar in 637, retained the position of keeping the door. This arrangement has persisted into modern times. Twice each day, a Joudeh family member brings the key to the door, which is locked and unlocked by a Nusseibeh.
In 1555 the Franciscan monks completed a transformation and a power struggle broke out within the various Christian factions for overall control of the site.
Eastern Orthodox, Armenian Apostolic, Roman Catholic, Coptic Orthodox, the Ethiopian Orthodox and the Syriac Orthodox all jockeyed for power and rights, resulted in common area’s becoming a ‘no mans land’ where Status Quo reigned, no work is undertaken, and conflict, often violent, is regular.
Divided into different sections, you may want to take a guide, although the church still has impact without it and is graced with many thousands of visitors every day.
Muslims – Dome of the Rock
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This Golden Dome is only accessible by Muslims. Heavily guarded, you will find most of the hostility surrounds this structure and it’s construction on one of the most holy sites of the Jews.
It is the oldest extant Islamic building in the world built in 691 on the spot where Mohammed is said to have ascended to heaven.
The dome is said to have been inspired by the other basilicas around the city, and initially built using 20,000 gold pieces “whose shine could not be witnessed by the bare eye”.
Non-Muslims are not allowed into this section.
These are the main sites, though there are many, many more.
You should spend a few days trying to discover them all.
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Was fed by Ravens for over 10 years, a solitary raven brought St. Anthony, who lived to 105, half a loaf of bread each day until he died.
St. Anthony roamed the desert for many years until he came across this the site of the first monastic tradition, started firstly by Anthony the followed by Paul and supported by Ravens.
Monasteries originated from the cave dwelling monks converging on the desert springs.
Later walls were built around them and the cave dwellers came out from their caves to form small communities this was brought about mostly from the need from survival mostly from the elements but sometimes attacking Bedouins drove the monks together, where otherwise they would have had solitary lives.
These monasteries are the first in the world.
They are St. Paul’s and St. Anthony’s.
Visiting times are from 4am till 4pm.
There are 131 monks living at the monastery at present, much of the building dates back to the 13th century and some has been restored with the help of USAid project. Notably the Byzantine fresco’s in the chapel of the St. Anthony restored by Italian artists. Some of the fresco’s date back as far as 6th century.
From here you can visit the gardens, the gates and also the spring which supported so many monks.
The spring supports 400l of water each day. St. Anthony used to live in a cave 200m above this spring until St. Paul arrived, at which point many more monks came to the area. The spring was able to support them also.
You are able to drink the spring water which is kind of metallic with a hint of phosphorus.
At the end of the trip you are invited to buy from the shop. As I enter music is turned on to add to the buying ambience. I buy some honey, a bottle of monastic wine and a postcard of a particularly ugly nurse shark.
There are many different gifts and languages.