The christians of jerusalem

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The christian religion had a flock of 2.19 billion believers at the year of 2010. 14 thousands of them that were equal to 0.0005% from world population, were living around the area of Jerusalem.

The city of jerusalem in known to share a pivotal point in each story of the three monotheistic religions - judaism, christianity and islam. Over the course of thousands of years, Jews, Christians, and Muslims look up to Jerusalem as it has been dedicated to each of these three religions. Each religion by its believers share with the city an unbreakable bond that was kept for thousands of years and Christianity as religion share also an historical bond based on the feelings of hope and despair serving as a decoration for pivotal event that still echoes through this day - a birth of a religion in the city.

In Christian tradition, Jerusalem's place in the life of Jesus gives it great importance, in addition to its place in the Old Testament. Jerusalem is the place where Jesus was brought as a child, to be "presented" at the Temple and to attend festivals (Luke 2:41). According to the Gospels, Jesus preached and healed in Jerusalem, especially in the Temple courts. There is also an account of Jesus' "cleansing" of the Temple, chasing various traders out of the sacred precincts (Mark 11:15). At the end of each of the Gospels, there are accounts of Jesus' Last Supper in an "upper room" in Jerusalem, his arrest in Gethsemane, his trial, his crucifixion at Golgotha, his burial nearby and his resurrection and ascension. All within one city.

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In Christianity, the Jewish connection with the city is considered as the account of God's relationship with His chosen people—the original covenant—and the essential prelude to the events narrated in the New Testament, including both universal commandments (e.g. the Ten Commandments) and obsolete or Judaism-specific ones. In medieval times, Christians thought Jerusalem was the center of the world (from Latin: umbilicus mundi, and Greek: Omphalos), and was so represented in the so-called T and O maps. Byzantine hymns speak of the Cross being "planted in the center of the earth," and the imagery is tied to the concept of the Death and resurrection of Jesus being for the benefit of all mankind. Medieval maps of Europe usually placed the east ("orient")—Jerusalem—at the top, and this arrangement led to the use of the term "to orient" to mean to align a map with actual compass directions.

While working on my first photo project "Mea Shearim- The Streets", I encountered a church that borders with the area. I remember noticing a small sign along the road stating - “Please take your shoes off”. I later learned that in the tradition is belong to the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church and is based on an ancient costume that a person must remove his shoes before entering the church as a sign of respect and honor. This small sign has drawn me in, setting me on another journey and exploration to different world of religion in the city of gods - the city of Jerusalem.