How to Take a Virtual Tour of Jerusalem Using Google Maps

Wayne Stiles has a helpful look.


British Airways A380 Fly-Past in Cape Town

I saw the special British Airways A380 fly-past earlier today, here, in Cape Town. It’s a monster of a plane – the world’s largest passenger airliner! The reason is apparently because BA is starting an A380 service to and from London later this month. News24 has some sent in pics:

View image on Twitter

There are more here.

And the flight plan (mostly around Robben Island) :

Wikipedia has more on the A380 here.


The Via Dolorosa Experience

The Via Dolorosa Experience is a new movie that follows the Franciscan friars and other Christians (from all over the world) on their weekly Friday walk and prayer along the Via Dolorosa, the Way of the Cross, in Jerusalem.

From the about page:

…. In recent years, we have met with thousands of pilgrims who flock to Jerusalem from every corner of the world with one goal – to follow the footsteps of Jesus here and to be closer to God. The highlight of their visit is participation in the Franciscan weekly Friday walk and prayer on the Way of the Cross, along the Via Dolorosa.

Since the inception of, we have received very strong and emotional emails from our followers all over the world, telling us how each of our videos took them on a virtual and spiritual tour to the places where Jesus actually walked and preached the words of God. These feedbacks were the seeds for the idea of creating The Via Dolorosa Experience DVD. We want to convey this spiritual experience of walking and praying the Way of the Cross along the Via Dolorosa here in Jerusalem to people anywhere in the world. To those are fortunate already to have been in Jerusalem, we offer to relive this experience…

Here’s the trailer:

You can watch the movie online here. It cost a little but is well worth it.


5 Christian Sites in Jerusalem You Should Know About

Jerusalem is famous for the standard sites tourists visit. The Western Wall, the Temple Mount, the Holocaust Museum, and the Israel Museum top the list of many visitors to Jerusalem.


Wayne Stiles:

Pilgrims, sightseers, and worshippers from three major religions journey to the Holy City every year. Because Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, all see Jerusalem as a Holy City, it’s tough to designate many of the Christian sites in Jerusalem as distinctly Christian.

After all, Christianity has its roots in the faith of the ancient Hebrews. Jesus was a Jew, and so, many Jewish sites are therefore also connected to Christianity.

Even still, I have selected eleven Christian sites in Jerusalem that have a direct, historical connection to the ministry of Jesus.

In this post, I’ll share with you the first five of these Christian sites in Jerusalem.

Read about them here.


Google Street View of 7 Biblical Sites

Google Maps Street View serves us well with directions, helping us to see what the turns in our journey actually look like.

But the Web site also allows a virtual peek at some key biblical sites.

Google Street View of 7 Biblical Sites Google Street View of 7 Biblical Sites

There’s nothing like traveling to Israel to see the land of the Bible firsthand. Experiencing the Bible with all your senses is an unforgettable way to learn it. You’ll never be the same.

But until your first (or next) trip, you might enjoy a virtual walk through a few biblical sites via Google Street View…

The rest here.


What Every Independent Pilgrim Needs to Know About Visiting Jerusalem


Is in the Catholic Herald.

You don’t have to take a package tour to have a successful visit to the Holy City…



Egypt to Tourists: Don’t Come Here

On November 17th, 1997, the Al-Gama’a al-Islamiyya terrorist group massacred 62 men, women, and children–4 of them Egyptians and rest foreign tourists–at the famous Deir el-Bahari ruins in the culturally rich city of Luxor, one of the most important archaeological sites in the world.

This week, Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi named Al-Gama’a member Adel Asaad al-Khayyat as the new governor of Luxor.

The group allegedly renounced terror in 1997. Before the attack on Luxor.

They renounced it again in 2003, and are now part of the grand rainbow coalition of insane radical Muslims…

Oh, and one more thing: Al-Gama’a still hates tourists…

Read the rest of this fair warning over at God and the Machine.


Jerusalem in 30 Seconds


Fly Middle Earth Air!

Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Row Over Water Bill

And their bank account blocked:

Standoff over unpaid water bill could result in closure of revered church believed to be site of Jesus’s crucifixion and burial.

The Guardian:

One of the most venerated sites in the Christian faith, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, where Jesus is believed to have been crucified, buried and resurrected, is facing a financial crisis over an unpaid water bill in a row that could result in its closure.

The church, which attracts more than 1 million pilgrims each year, has been issued with a 9m shekel (£1.5m) water bill, backdated 15 years to when the supply was taken over by a new company, Hagihon.

As a result of the church’s failure to pay, Hagihon has secured the freezing of the bank account of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate, which is jointly responsible for the church’s administration.

The standoff was confirmed by the spokesman for Theophilos III, the Greek Orthodox Patriarch, following a report in the Israeli paper Maariv. “It is completely true,” Issa Musaleh told the Guardian. “They have frozen our account. This is a flagrant act against the church.”

According to Maariv, the move has resulted in standing orders being rejected and cheques bouncing. Services which have been affected include telephones, internet and electricity, as well as companies supplying food.

“The church is completely paralysed. We can’t pay for toilet paper. Nothing. Hagihon has declared war on us,” a Patriarchate official told Maariv…

Read on here.

Thousands of Christian pilgrims and tourists jostle each day inside the gloomily lit spaces beneath the church’s dome. Despite the chaotic queues for the most revered sites within the church and the cacophony of chanting priests, tour guides and camera-clicking tourists, for many it is a deeply emotional and spiritual experience.

The original church was built on the site of Jesus’s crucifixion, which was then outside the city walls, in the fourth century.



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