|Security Fence (Greene photo)|
|The Rock Jesus Used to Mount the Donkey (Greene photo)|
We stopped briefly at a church called Dominus Flavit, "The Lord Wept." It has four tear drop shaped bulbs on the corners to represent jars that tears are collected in to be buried with the deceased in certain cultures.
|Seriously old olive trees (Greene photo)|
Our final formal stop today was at the site of Caiaphas's palace, where a church known as St. Peter in Galicantu ("crowing rooster") has been built in recent years. Today, this site stands across the road from the "Old City", but in Jesus' time it was within the city walls. The church itself is one of the most beautiful we've seen, with powerful artwork, elegant architecture, functional space, and a very positive feel. The church itself has three levels. The top is the main sanctuary, with artwork about St. Peter. The second level is another sanctuary space with a side chapel for the blessed sacrament. The back wall is the rock of the hill the church is built upon, and it juts out in a way that blends the worship space meaningfully into the surrounding environment. The bottom floor is the most interesting, however, and part of the reason for the church.
|In the cistern cell (Greene photo)|