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Ancient seal found in Jerusalem offers vision of religious life in biblical temple years ago

A Do Not Enter sign in the Second Temple in Jerusalem marking a section which was off-limits for the ritually impure:  Ancient Temple Mount ‘warning’ stone is ‘closest thing we have to the Temple’

A Do Not Enter sign in the Second Temple in Jerusalem marking a section which was off-limits for the ritually impure: Ancient Temple Mount ‘warning’ stone is ‘closest thing we have to the Temple’

The rock hewn temple of  Kailasa  in Ajanta Ellora cave area, India.

One of my trips to India must include this place. The rock hewn temple of Kailasa in Ajanta Ellora cave area, India.

The recently excavated stepped stone street that leads from the Pool of Siloam up to the Temple Mount. The continuation of the street can be seen in the opening further up on the left side of the street. The Temple Mount is 1600 feet (a little more than a quarter mile) up these stairs to the north, but the excavation does not continue all the way to the Temple Mount.

The recently excavated stepped stone street that leads from the Pool of Siloam up to the Temple Mount.

Karnak Temple, Egypt ~    Karnak is one of the most famous archeological site in Egypt. The temple, dedicated to Amon god, was connected to the city (about 5 miles away), by a Sphynx alley. Walking within the rooms of the temple, and discovering hieroglyphs and wall sculptur make you travel in time.

Columns of Karnak Temple, dedicated to Amon-Ra, Egypt. The Pyramids make it onto the postcards, but Karnak gives us some idea of how ancient Egyptians arranged and moved through their space/structures.

The Western Wall, a remnant of the ancient wall that surrounded the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Herod the Great is believed to have started building it around 19 BC. The wall goes far below street level and many sections of the Western Wall are concealed behind structures running along the whole length of the Temple Mount. There is just a small portion that remains and is still visible.

The Western Wall, a remnant of the ancient wall that surrounded the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Herod the Great is believed to have started building it around 19 BCE. The wall goes far below street level and many sections of the Western Wall are concealed

Mount Koyasan- stayed in a monastary run inn, eating vegetarian dishes.  Walked ancient cedar forrests among 200,000 tombs and numerous temples steeped in Japan's history.

A path through the forest cemetery at Okunoin temple in Mount Koya, Wakayama, Japan (Scenery inspiration)

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