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An abbreviated excursion to Orlando's
Holy Land Experience. This is, by no means, an exhaustive set of exhibit photos.
Tomb of Jesus
Albeit an inaccurate depiction, this was probably the most photogenic part of the attraction. Too bad it was overcast, otherwise the colors would have been much more vibrant.
Next, we sat in on a dramatic performance in front of Solomon's Temple. It was a pretty good show but most definitely not very historical, as you'll see in the next few photos.
Cleansing before entering the temple
Cross pulled from the altar
Dramatic, but not historical
Definitely dramatic, but not historical
Old Jerusalem model
At 45x25 feet, this is one of the largest models of old Jerusalem, circa A.D. 66. The only thing that makes it not the most accurate model is that many (not all, such as the temple) of the structures are much larger scale so they are more visible to spectators. It would be more realistic if anywhere from 5 to 10 dwellings were placed in the same space as just one in this model. This view is most of the Lower City.
Herod's Palace within the Upper City
North side of Old Jerusalem
From the north side of the city looking toward the second North Wall and Solomon's Temple beyond.
Upper City is in the background.
The north side of the city (Bezetha). The traditional location of Jesus' tomb is near the center of the photo.
As we were leaving, a group of performers were heard in the market street. Mark Bond (a musician in his own right) chose to borrow a tambourine and join in.