So, You Want
To Visit Ancient
You can’t get there from here----no matter where you are!
As I watched TV, a Christian teacher of Jewish ancestry came on and proclaimed that he was standing in the upper room where Jesus and the Apostles ate the last supper.
You may want to go to the upper room.
But, you can’t!
The upper room no longer exists!
You cannot go to ancient
It no longer exists!
After the revolt of Shimon Bar
Kokba, the Roman Emperor Hadrian rebuilt the city and established it as a pagan
shrine called Aelia Capitolina. Hadrian forbade Jews to live on the site. It would be almost 200 years before Jews
could return to the city. During that period, once every year Jews were allowed to come to the Mount of
Olives and look at the place where the
In 70 AD, the Romans tore
The city has been rebuilt many times since the days when Roman did it in the second century, but it has always been rebuilt on the Roman model and layout. The original, or Jewish, layout of the city is no longer visible.
So, why won’t today’s tour guides tell you about Aelia Capitolina?
They are either ignorant, or they want your dollars! Maybe both!
There is no money in taking
you to Aelia Capitolina. The big bucks
are in tours of a non-existent ancient
If you want to visit the
Wailing Wall, by all means go. But,
before you go, please understand that it is the only remaining part of ancient
Be aware that the name of the
city, which now stands was changed from Aelia Capitolina to
Go to your local library and look in a good encyclopedia, or go online and search for “Aelia Capitolina,” and you will find that the information I have written here is readily available to the general public.
You may be better off going
to that Holy Land theme park in
So you still want to go to