Jerusalem, Israel, Petra & Sinai (DK Eyewitness Travel) by DK Publishing

By DK Publishing

DK Eyewitness trip consultant: Jerusalem, Israel, Petra, and Sinai will lead you immediately to the easiest sights the rustic has to provide, from the golf green hills and sun-drenched coast of Galilee to the sacred websites of Jerusalem's previous urban, and from the dramatic barren region of Wadi Rum to the colourful reefs of Dahab.

DK Eyewitness commute advisor: Jerusalem, Israel, Petra, and Sinai explores the tradition, background, and structure of this area, followed via full-color pictures, three-D cutaway illustrations, and flooring plans of the entire must-see points of interest. You'll locate specific maps, in addition to listings of resorts, eating places, retailers, leisure, excursions, scenic walks and extra.

With hundreds and hundreds of full-color pictures, hand-drawn illustrations, and customized maps that brighten each web page, DK Eyewitness go back and forth advisor: Jerusalem, Israel, Petra, and Sinai really exhibits you this gorgeous area as not anyone else can.

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2 The Birth of Jesus In Bethlehem Jesus was born in a grotto and an angel appeared to shepherds in nearby fields, telling them of the birth (Luke 2: 1-20). A church was first built on the site in the 4th century (see pp198–9) and a star marks the alleged site of the Nativity. 3 The Wedding at Cana Jesus performed his first miracle at this small village near Nazareth, at a wedding where he turned water into wine (John 2: 1–11). Joppa (Jaffa) 4 The Baptism of Christ John the Baptist, a cousin of Jesus, baptized and preached the coming of the Messiah on the shores of the Jordan River.

The most important of these are Eid el-Adha (which commemorates Abraham’s covenant with God), marking the time of the pilgrimage, or Haj, and Eid el-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan. Celebrations tend to be communal. The imam is an Islamic teacher, usually attached to a particular mosque. He delivers the khutba, or sermon, at the midday prayers on Friday. These prayers are always the best attended of the week. The Night Journey was one of the defining episodes in the life of the Prophet Muhammad.

Muhammad’s preachings were not well received in Mecca and in 622 he and his followers were forced to flee for Medina. This flight, or hejira, constitutes year zero in the Islamic calendar. Before Muhammad died in 632, he had returned to conquer Mecca. Within a further four years, the armies of Islam had swept out of the Arabian desert and conquered the Holy Land. The crescent moon, the symbol of Islam, has resonances of the lunar calendar, which orders Muslim religious life. Dome of the Rock One of the oldest and most beautiful of all mosques, the richly decorated Dome (see pp76–7) is the third most holy site of Islam after the Prophet’s cities of Mecca and Medina.

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