Symphony of the Seas

November 2018 I was fortunate to be aboard Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas – one of their Innaugural sailings.

I’m finally getting around to sharing some pix — of this amazing ship.  Now, keep in mind — this size ship is not for everyone.  But for those people who love shows, music, food, stuff going on all the time  — no reason to ever get off the ship (but you should) – this ship is for you!

 

Masada

We spent a day driving from Jerusalem to Tiberius because enroute we visited Masada and had the opportunity to float in the Dead Sea!

Very soon after leaving Jerusalem the terrain changed and we were below sea level.

First stop was Masada – an ancient fortification which was the former fortress palace of King Herod. It is located on the top of an isolated rock plateau, similar to a mesa and is at the eastern edge of the Judean Desert and overlooks the Dead Sea.

In 70 A.D., the Zealots maintained a two-year standoff against eight Roman legions.  When Masada was finally conquered by the Romans, it was a hollow victory.  Rather than be captured by the Romans, the Jews, approximately 960 of them, committed mass suicide or killed each other.

The path winds up and around – like a snake to the top. . .but another way is to take the funicular.

Next stop, the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth at 1,373 feet below sea level.  This sea water contains so much salt, you just float!  And it’s true – I am very buoyant and had no trouble floating – in fact i had difficulty turning over to stand up. LOL

In fact, we discovered that synchronized swimming wasn’t too difficult in this sea:)

 

Magdala

Magdala – the crossroads of Jewish and Christian history was discovered in 2009. Mandatory archaeological tests required for building unearthed the only first century synagogue on the Sea of Galilee – one of only seven synagogues from this period in the world.  The remains of the 2,000 year old city of Magdala, home of Mary Magdalene are still being uncovered and it is certain that Jesus visited and taught in this synagogue.

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Father Kelly

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Original 1st Century

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Wow!

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Encounter Chapel

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Boat Chapel in Duc In Altum

 

Magdala is a unique Holy Land site and home to the beautiful Duc In Altum, which provides a place for worship, mass, and prayer for all faiths.

Church of the Holy Schelpture

This is a church in the Christian Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem. According to tradition, the church contains the two holiest sites in Christianity; the site where Jesus of Nazareth was crucified, at a place known as Calvary or “Golgotha”, and Jesus’ empty tomb, where he is said to have been buried and resurrected.

img_6710The tomb is enclosed by the 19th-century shrine, called the Aedicule (Edicule). The church proper contains the last four or five Stations of the Via Dolorosa (Road of Sorrows), representing the final episodes of Jesus’ Passion. It has been a major Christian pilgrimage destination since it was created in the fourth century, as the traditional site of the Resurrection of Christ.

The history of this church, it’s location, validity and current statues to the property can fill a book i am sure. To close – if you have a chance – visit it – you will be moved!

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