Part 2: Tunnel, Dome, Acre
Acre (Akko), a city in Israel on Haifa Bay, is one of the oldest continuously inhabited sites in the world. During Crusader times, the Knights Hospitaller of St John Order headquartered there. Acre is the holiest city of the Bahá'í faith. Modern Acre includes Jews, Muslims, Christians, and Baha'is. I have always been attracted to the Holy Land, modern Israel, and Jordan. Three times I have found myself wandering through the historic sites searching for the meaning of life. In 1970, after doing research in Thailand for my dissertation, I stopped off in Jerusalem for three days. In 1983, after completing two years as principal of an American school in Cameroon, I spent two weeks in Israel with my two sons, Chai and Jyoti. And, in 2006, Linda and I took a trip through the wonders of Jordan. So,my dear readers, I share the following adventures with you.
Next Week: Samaritans, Hasidic, Orthodox
The Dome of the Rock, a shrine on the Temple Mount in the Old City of Jerusalem, was completed in 691 AD at the order of Caliph Abd al-Malik. One of the oldest works of Islamic architecture, it is Jerusalem’s most recognizable landmark, and bears significance for Jews, Christians, and Muslims.
Hezekiah’s Tunnel, beneath the City of David in Jerusalem, dates from late 8th century BC and corresponds to the waterworks prepared for an impending siege by the Assyrians, by "blocking the source of the waters of the upper Gihon, and leading them straight down on the west to the City of David" ( 2 Chronicles 32). The tunnel was excavated by two teams using sounds generated by hammering on the rock through which they were digging.