A closed Old City:  A failed visit of the Dome of the Rock and a hurried visit to Bethlehem instead.

For the Western Churches today is a quiet no-event day in the middle of the frenzy between Maundy Thursday and Easter Sunday.  Not so for the Eastern Churches (Copts, Armenians, Greek and Russian Orthodox) who are celebrating the Miracle of the Spontaneous Light originating in the tomb chamber of Christ within the Holy Sepulcher.  Entry to the Old City was only possible with permits.  Hundreds of people crowded outside the various gates hoping to get in eventually.   I gave up.… VIEW PHOTOS AND READ THE WHOLE STORY