Taken from the American Colony Jerusalem Collection at the U.S. Library of Congress.
Mark Twain’s Journeys in the Holy Land – Day 8, September 24th
A day full of visiting the most enviable and coveted sites to see in Jerusalem. The list of the places Mark Twain and the Quaker City travelers encountered surely speaks for itself.
Regarding the date listed in the journal, see here.
Excerpted from Mark Twain’s Notebook 9:
Sept. 23. – Visited the Mosque of Omar….
Great Rock of Abraham’s Sacrifice (authentic) Cords of pillars & sculptures from Solomon’s Temple (authentic)….
Got some pieces of the old Temple.
….Place where they tie rags to let Mahomet know they have been there.
Mosque El Aksa.
….Walls full of relics of Solomon’s Temple plastered in for preservation – Christians would steal & take home. Thank the Mohammedans.
Beautiful old inverted pillars.
Underneath are the old monstrous arched pillars & foundations of Solomon’s Temple, preserved excellently by the ruins that lay upon them so long…. and the subterranean way of the Pool of Siloam discovered by Dr. Robinson.
Palace of Caiaphas
Pool of Bethesda.
The Gate Beautiful
Seat of Judgement
…. Doorway to Pilate’s House.
Place where Christ sat when people said His blood be upon us & upon our children….
House of Dog Moreover
Tombs of the Kings
Quarries under the City.
Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
…. Place where Helena found the Cross
….Navel of the world in the Greek Chapel, where Adam’s dust came from.
….Crown of thorns.