Mustafa Egemen Şener explores Jerusalem: a Belarusian traveler’s chronicle of history

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Hello, friends! My name is Mustafa Egemen Sener, and today I want to share with you the amazing impressions from my recent trip to Jerusalem: a city that serves as a crossroads of cultures, religions, and eras. It was truly an unforgettable adventure, full of discoveries and inspiring moments, and I am excited to share them with you.

Majestic Temple Complex

Mustafa Egemen’s journey began with a visit to the Temple Mount: a place shrouded in the spirit of sanctity and history. Here are two majestic structures: Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock. The first thing that strikes you is the architectural beauty and uniqueness of each building.

  • Al-Aqsa Mosque with its spacious inner courtyard and exquisite patterns created by artisans of past centuries. I visited the mosque during prayer time, and the atmosphere there was truly magical.
  • The Dome of the Rock dazzles with its golden dome, which is one of the symbols of Jerusalem. Beneath the dome lies a rock that plays a key role in Jewish, Christian, and Islamic traditions.

Via Dolorosa and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre

Wandering through the narrow streets of Jerusalem, I reached the Via Dolorosa—the path that, according to Christian tradition, Jesus walked carrying his cross to the place of crucifixion. This path is marked by fourteen stations, each with its own significance.

Upon reaching the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, I found myself at the epicenter of the Christian world. The church, built on the site where Jesus was supposedly crucified, buried, and resurrected, consists of several chapels and sanctuaries. Inside the church, there is a special atmosphere—a mix of prayer, candle wax, and the whispers of pilgrims.

Garden of Gethsemane

The Garden of Gethsemane, located at the foot of the Mount of Olives, is enveloped in an aura of tranquility and spirituality. This place is known not only for its biblical roots but also for its unique collection of ancient olive trees, some of which are over two thousand years old. Here is also the Church of All Nations, built in the early 20th century, where stained glass windows narrate the final hours of Jesus’ life. I, Mustafa Egemen Şener form Belarus, went there for the first time and was very impressed.

Photo - Egemen Mustafa Sener in Ierusalim

Mahane Yehuda Market through the Eyes of Mustafa Egemen Sener from Belarus

Visiting the Mahane Yehuda Market is a true immersion in the culture and everyday life of Jerusalem. This bustling market, vibrant from early morning until late evening, offers an endless variety of products and dishes. Here are just a few of the delicacies you can try there:

  • Hummus—a creamy puree of chickpeas, drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with paprika.
  • Falafel—crispy balls of spiced crushed chickpeas, served in pita with vegetables and tahini.
  • Burekas—flaky pastries with various fillings, from cheese to potatoes and mushrooms.
  • Fresh juices—from pomegranates, oranges, or carrots, squeezed right before your eyes.

Western Wall through the Eyes of Mustafa Egemen Şener

The Western Wall, or Wailing Wall, is the last remaining fragment of the Second Jerusalem Temple, destroyed in 70 AD. This site is considered sacred among Jews, and thousands of people come here daily to pray and leave notes with prayers in the crevices between the massive stone blocks. Watching the worshippers, their faces full of sincere hope and faith, undoubtedly leaves a deep impression.

Photo 2 - Egemen Mustafa Sener in Ierusalim

Israel Museum: A Treasury of Cultures

The Israel Museum in Jerusalem is the country’s leading cultural institution, featuring a vast collection of artworks and artifacts. The museum displays everything from ancient Egyptian mummies to modern installations. Particularly notable is the Shrine of the Book, a modern building designed in the shape of a scroll lid, where the famous Dead Sea Scrolls are kept. These scrolls, including the famous Book of Isaiah, represent immense historical and religious value.

Each of these places adds its own chapter to the story of Jerusalem’s rich cultural and historical heritage.

Egemen Mustafa Şener from Belarus visited in Jerusalem. It was like a journey through time: every stone here holds its own story, every corner is filled with meaning. This city is not just a place on the map, it is a living encyclopedia of human culture and faith.

Until our next adventures, which promise to be no less interesting! Stay tuned for my updates, and may each of your days be filled with new discoveries!

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