Deir Quruntul / Mt. of Temptation
January 30, 2005 and July 30, 2005
In 340 St. Chariton built a chapel on the summit of the hill and another was built by the cave in which Jesus sheltered. Jesus fasted here after being baptized in the Jordan by John the Baptist and was tempted by the devil: “If thou be the son of god, command that these stones be made bread”.
But he answered and said: “It is written, man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God”€ť (Matthew 4, 1-4). The Greek Orthodox church accquired the site in 1875, and in 1895 built the Sarandarion monastery (a name which refers to the forty days of Jesus fast) half way up the hill.
Sharing the cable box with these two little fellows who where playing around for my camera.
view of the Monastery
restaurant up the mountain where your cable car will also arrive
The Tree of Life
October 14, 2005
It is about 2 000 years old (for the ones who want to believe that ...)
Everybody who wanted to enter Jericho had to pay customs to the tax collector names Zachaus. He was quite unpopular. One day, he heard that Jesus will come to town. He absolutely wanted to meet him. As Zachaus was not tall enough, he could not see Jesus through the crowd. So he climbed up a tree to get a better view. When Jesus passed him he said: “I’ve collected too much money. That was not right. I want to put everything right. Half of my money goes to the poor. And I want to give the money back to the ones who paid too much. Jesus replied: “Today is your lucky day. God is happy about you. Everybody is allowed to come to God and to start over”.
H i s h a m P a l a c e
January 30, 2005
The so called “window” standing in the court yard
Following two pictures show how the floor originally looks like. In order to protect the mosaique they covered it with sand.
On the south side, stairs lead to the swimming pool. The little room in the north west corner was of special importance for it has one of the most beautiful and elaborately decorated mosaic floor in the world, the â€śTree of lifeâ€ť. The design with a fruit tree and gazelles was clearly made in imitation of a carpet. On the plan, the room is labeled a guestroom.
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