Greatest Mysteries: Holy Land

Andrea Sperling
Don Wildman is on location in Israel to investigate a mountaintop fortress, examine the room of the last supper, and walk through the famed Garden of Gethsemane to shed new light on Christ's betrayer, Judas.

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Masada
Masada

Masada

"You can hike the Snake Path or ride the cable car to Masada's ruins. Either way it's a journey back in time to one of the most dramatic moments in all of human history." - Don Wildman 960 1280

  

Masada

Masada

"The weather was stormy on top of Masada. Which made the usual camera setups … not so usual." - Don Wildman 960 1280

  

Church of the Holy Sepulcher

Church of the Holy Sepulcher

"On top of the church that contains Christ's crucifixion and burial sites is a separate church space for Ethiopian Orthodox worshippers. This is an old picture of the structure in desperate need of repair—which they are presently doing." - Don Wildman 960 1280

Andrea Sperling  

Church of the Holy Sepulcher

Church of the Holy Sepulcher

"The inner dome of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. It brings out the holy in all of us." - Don Wildman 960 1280

  

Dead Sea

Dead Sea

"I've visited this region a number of times but it never loses it's majesty. To imagine that so many of stories essential to western civilization took place here -- well, it’s just awesome." - Don Wildman 960 1280

  

Church of All Nations

Church of All Nations

"Over the centuries, a church has been constructed on most every the site critical to Christian history. This amazing building stands adjacent to the Garden of Gethsemane." - Don Wildman 960 1280

  

Garden of Gethsemane

Garden of Gethsemane

"I was permitted access to walk inside this holy grove, the confirmed site where Christ was arrested by Roman soldiers and taken into custody. Amazingly, these very olive trees likely stood at that time. They’re dated to more than two thousand years ago -- in itself, a seeming miracle." - Don Wildman 960 1280

  

Wadi Qelt

Wadi Qelt

"St. George's Monastery sits in a valley a short journey from Jerusalem. Remarkable nature preserve, incredible religious site. It's places like these around the country that make the Holy Lands so incredibly rich with history." - Don Wildman 960 1280

  

Mount of Olives

Mount of Olives

"It is presumed by all Abrahamic faiths that when the Apocalypse occurs, the souls interred on this hillside will be the first to rise to heaven. Which has the very earthly effect of making the Mount of Olives some of the most valuable real estate on the planet." - Don Wildman 960 1280

  

The Room of the Last Supper

The Room of the Last Supper

"Debatable, whether the famed meal actually took place inside this room, but the whole site is treated by Christian tourists as such, quite faithfully and/or symbolically. That it is also located inside of a decommissioned Ottoman-era mosque only heightens the irony." - Don Wildman 960 1280

  

Zedekiah’s Cave

Zedekiah’s Cave

"Beneath Damascus Gate, one of the main entrances to Jerusalem's Old City, is located an immense subterranean space where some suggest the original limestone blocks for Solomon’s Temple were quarried. " - Don Wildman 960 1280

  


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