A Panoramic View
Biblical Israel Ministries & Tours (BIMT) is all about teaching the Bible in the context of the land of Israel and other biblical countries (Jordan, Egypt, Turkey, Greece, and Italy). There are over 100 biblical sites in Israel alone that have been excavated. Today we don’t visit an archaeological site, but we do climb about 185 circular steps to the very top of the Redeemer Lutheran Church in the Christian Quarter of the Old City for a spectacular view in all directions! I’ll tell you… the climb up the narrow stairwell causes a lot of dizziness (at least for me), but the amazing view from the top makes it worth it! 🙂
The video below is one of our latest YouTube Bible teachings. This entire video teaching was filmed from the top of this high tower overlooking the Old City. I remember my first time to the top of this tower was with my archaeology professor, Dr. Gaby Barkey. He took us students there to show us the four quarters of the city and to highlight the primary excavations within the Old City. It was an eye-opening introduction to this historic place.
What’s incredible about the view is that you can see in all directions. The tower of this historic church built around 1900 rises high about the Old City landscape. Primarily what we can see from the top is the following:
- Looking east: The Temple Mount and the Muslim Quarter.
- Looking south: The Hurva Synagogue and the Jewish Quarter.
- Looking west: The Jaffa Gate and the Armenian Quarter.
- Looking north: The Holy Sepulcher Church and the Christian Quarter.
I hope you enjoy these various views from here!