Photos of the Day: Old City of Jerusalem

Part of the Via Dolorosa. Photo: Saman Malik

Part of the Via Dolorosa that follows the route of the Stations of the Cross walked by Jesus Christ. Photo: Saman Malik

 

Christian Quarter of Old Jerusalem. Photo: Indrani Basu

Christian Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem. Photo: Indrani Basu

Outside of the checkpoint to Bethlehem in the West Bank. Photo: Kali Kotoski

Old City of Jerusalem. Photo: Indrani Basu

Old City of Jerusalem. Photo: Indrani Basu

 

Israeli Defense Soldiers. Photo: Indrani Basu

Israeli Defense Soldiers take a time-out. Photo: Indrani Basu

 

Israeli Defense Soldiers. Photo: Indrani Basu

Israeli Defense Soldiers walking through the Old City. Photo: Indrani Basu

 

A Nun looks back towards her sisters on the roof of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem. A Christian holy site administered by six competing denominations, the roof is currently disputed between the Coptic and Ethiopian Orthodox faiths.

A Nun looks back towards her sisters on the roof of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem. The Church is a Christian holy site administered by six competing denominations. The roof is currently disputed between the Coptic and Ethiopian Orthodox faiths. Photo: Evan Simko-Bednarski

The Tomb of the Holy Sepulchre. Photo: Kali Kotoski

 

A worshiper inside the Aedicule at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, believed to be the site of the tomb of Jesus Christ. Photo: Evan Simko-Bednarski

A worshiper inside the shrine at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, believed to be the site of the tomb of Jesus Christ. Photo: Evan Simko-Bednarski

A worshiper kneels to pray at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, as others wait in line to kneel at the spot where they believe Jesus Christ was crucified. Photo: Evan Simko-Bednarski

A worshiper kneels to pray inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, as others wait in line to kneel at the spot where they believe Jesus Christ was crucified. Photo: Evan Simko-Bednarski

Pilgrims kneel at the Stone of Unction inside the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. The stone is where Christians believe Jesus was anointed after his crucifixion.

Pilgrims kneel at the Stone of Unction inside the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. The stone is where Christians believe Jesus was anointed after his crucifixion. Photo: Evan Simko-Bednarski

Graffiti on the street in the Old City of Jerusalem near the headquarters of the Latin Patricharcate. Photo: Evan Simko-Bednarski

Graffiti on the street in the Old City of Jerusalem near the headquarters of the Latin Patriarchate. Photo: Evan Simko-Bednarski

Haredi community in Meah Shearim, one of the oldest Jewish neighborhoods in Jerusalem. Photo: Kali Kotoski

A begger in Meah Shearim. Photo: Kali Kotoski

A beggar in the Old City of Jerusalem. Photo: Kali Kotoski

Lights illuminate the Western Wall for prayer after dark. Photo: Kali Kotoski

Worshipers pray at the Western Wall. The retaining wall for the Temple Mount is held by many Jews to be the holiest location for prayer. Photo: Evan Simko-Bednarski

Worshipers pray at the Western Wall. The retaining wall for the Temple Mount is held by many Jews to be the holiest location for prayer. Photo: Evan Simko-Bednarski

A man who hands out Kippas at the Western Wall. Photo: Kali Kotoski

A rabbi ties Tefillin for a visitor to the Western Wall. Photo: Kali Kotoski

A man prays fervently at the Western Wall. Photo: Kali Kotoski

An Orthodox Jew reads the Torah at the foot of the Western Wall. Photo: Kali Kotoski

Some Jews who pray at the Western Wall wear a torn garment as a sign of sorrow and commemoration of the destruction of the Temple . Photo: Kali Kotoski

A man studying the Torah. Photo Kali Kotoski

Male and female worshipers pray in separate sections at the Western Wall. Photo: Kali Kotoski

An IDF Soldier prays at the Western Wall. Photo: Evan Simko-Bednarski

An IDF Soldier prays at the Western Wall. Photo: Evan Simko-Bednarski

Ultra-Orthodox men pray at the Western Wall. Photo: Evan Simko-Bednarski

Ultra-Orthodox men pray in the male-only section at the Western Wall. Photo: Evan Simko-Bednarski

The southern side of the Temple Mount. Photo: Kali Kotoski

Lead image: The separation wall as seen from the Bethlehem side. (The Land/Kali Kotoski)