Fasten your seat belts! This is a glimpse of one of the holiest cities on Earth, with thousands of years of world-shaping history un-boringly condensed into just 60 seconds. Welcome to Jerusalem. Try not to blink.
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By request, for those who may have trouble following along, here is the text of the video's narration:
Hi, hello, shalom, keef halak, and welcome to Jerusalem. I’ll be your guide for this one minute tour. But before we begin, I should mention that the inherent brevity implied by this video's title reduces a bunch of history into a few winded soundbites. [inhale]
Those offended by abbreviated content should click back on their browser, stop by your preferred internet search engine, or just book a flight to Jerusalem. If you’re still watching, try not to blink, as these numerous holy edifices have been central to human culture for thousands of years and we’ll be seeing them for just 60 seconds.
Since time basically began for at least three major monotheistic religions, this has has been one of the most important holy sites. For those into Judaism, this is the very old school location of the First and Second temple. The Temple Mount is widely considered the 3rd holiest site in Islam among Sunni Muslims. This Noble Sanctuary is the location of Muhammad’s journey to Jerusalem and ascent into heaven.
The al-Aqsa Mosque was constructed on the site after the Muslim conquest of Jerusalem in 673. Before Mecca in Saudi Arabia became central to Muslim worship, this mosque was the direction of prayer.
Just below the Temple Mount is the Western or “Wailing” Wall, the holiest site in Judaism. This is a remnant of the ancient wall that surrounded the Jewish Temple's courtyard. Visitors like to leave prayers on pieces of paper between the wall's ancient stones for the Divine Presence that rests there.
Via Dolorosa, or Way of Sorrows, held to be the path that Jesus walked, carrying his cross, on the way to crucifixion. Which takes us to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre...
This church has been a big deal Christian destination since at least the 4th century, and is the purported site of the resurrection of Jesus. It's important to note that the church is not one church, but rather a "warehouse" of churches for each denomination present.
Finally, just across the way is the Mount of Olives - used as a Jewish cemetery for over 3,000 years. Jesus is said to have spent time on the mount, teaching and prophesying to his disciples, was there on the night of his betrayal, then again after his resurrection, and eventually ascended to heaven from this very hilltop.
And there you have it, one very condensed history of an endlessly complex and beautiful place. For more audio/video overstimulation, feel free to click replay with your friends.