The Mount of Olives

The Mount of Olives or Mount Olivet is one of three peaks of a mountain adjacent to Jerusalem’s Old City. The Mount was once covered with olive trees. There are several sites in this Mount where tourists, mostly pilgrims flock to. The Church of Ascension A part of the complex has an old Christian church…

Charminar

Charminar is a mosque located in the heart of the city Hyderabad, India. Constructed in 1591 AD by the fifth ruler of the Qutb Shahi dynasty Sultan Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah, the Charminar was built to serve as a mosque. The word Charminar is derived from two distinct words Char and Minar, which means four…

An Ancient Roman Aqueduct in Caesarea

An aqueduct is a water supply or navigable channel constructed to convey water. The ancient roman-style aqueducts were built in different parts of the world. Some are as old as the 7th Century BC. The remains of around 600 aqueducts has been found out so far. In the old city Caesarea of Israel, initially its…

Bethesda Pools….archaeological remains as old as the 8th century BC!!

The pool of Bethesda (Bethsaida) has always been an area of mystery and controversy for Christian historians and archaeologists alike. The pool is located in the Muslim Quarter of Old Jerusalem, about 50 meters inside the St Stephen’s or Lions’ Gate. Years back, the gate was called the Sheep Gate, because this was where sheep…

Capharnaum

Now an archaeological park, Capharnaum was a fishing village of the Hasmonean period between 140 BC and 116BC and its located on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee. The layout of the village was quite regular with small districts bordered by small cross sectional streets. The houses were constructed with good quality mortar…

Tabgha

Tabgha is an area situated on the North West shore of the Sea of Galilee in Israel. The name ‘Tabgha’ is derived from the Greek name Heptapegon which means “seven springs”. I visited this place early one morning. Even though its an archaeological and religious tour destination, there were only a handful of tourists in…

Casa Nova Street, Nazareth

Casa Nova Street is located towards the east of Nazareth and there I visited a number of ancient and holy sites, places of archaeological importance and artistic interest. Basilica of the Annunciation According to the Roman Catholic tradition, the Basilica of the Annunciation is established at the site where the Annunciation took place. I visited…

Mount Nebo

Mount Nebo is an 817m high mountain ridge located 10km NW of Madaba in Jordan. It is one of the most revered holy sites of Jordan as Moses was buried here. According to the Holy Scriptures, Moses spends his last days here viewing the Promised Land of Canaan. In 2000, Late Pope John Paul II…

Church of the Map

The Greek Orthodox Church of St George(The Church of the Map) located in Madaba, the capital city of Madaba Governorate of Jordan, is a historically significant site as there is the presence of the Madaba Mosaic Map.  The Madaba Mosaic Map is part of the mosaic flooring and is of the Middle East during the…