Travels in Palestine, through the countries of Bashan and Cilead, east of the River Jordan; including a visit to the cities of Geraza and Gamala, in the Decapolis . ore marksof neglect and decay, though tliey appeared tobe well furnished with most of the necessariesof life. We at length reached the gate of entrance tothe great mosque of Solomon, which is said tooccupy the site of the Jewish temple; but,being known as Christians, we were not sufferedto enter it. Its appearance from without hasbeen already described, as viewed from theMount of Olives ; and it loses nothing of itsgrandeur or beau

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Travels in Palestine, through the countries of Bashan and Cilead, east of the River Jordan; including a visit to the cities of Geraza and Gamala, in the Decapolis . ore marksof neglect and decay, though tliey appeared tobe well furnished with most of the necessariesof life. We at length reached the gate of entrance tothe great mosque of Solomon, which is said tooccupy the site of the Jewish temple; but,being known as Christians, we were not sufferedto enter it. Its appearance from without hasbeen already described, as viewed from theMount of Olives ; and it loses nothing of itsgrandeur or beau Stock Photo
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Travels in Palestine, through the countries of Bashan and Cilead, east of the River Jordan; including a visit to the cities of Geraza and Gamala, in the Decapolis . ore marksof neglect and decay, though tliey appeared tobe well furnished with most of the necessariesof life. We at length reached the gate of entrance tothe great mosque of Solomon, which is said tooccupy the site of the Jewish temple; but,being known as Christians, we were not sufferedto enter it. Its appearance from without hasbeen already described, as viewed from theMount of Olives ; and it loses nothing of itsgrandeur or beau
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Travels in Palestine, through the countries of Bashan and Cilead, east of the River Jordan; including a visit to the cities of Geraza and Gamala, in the Decapolis . ore marksof neglect and decay, though tliey appeared tobe well furnished with most of the necessariesof life. We at length reached the gate of entrance tothe great mosque of Solomon, which is said tooccupy the site of the Jewish temple; but,being known as Christians, we were not sufferedto enter it. Its appearance from without hasbeen already described, as viewed from theMount of Olives ; and it loses nothing of itsgrandeur or beauty by a nearer approach. Thespacious paved courts, the flights of steps andsurrounding arcades, the dark tall cypress-treesand running fountains, and the large octagonalbody of the mosque, with its surmounting dome,produce altogether the finest effect, and increasethe desire to enter its forbidden walls. It issaid to contain some columns of the preciousmarbles within, but we could obtain no accountof its interior to be depended on. The detailswhich Chateaubriand has collected from thewriters which he cites are highly interesting, iNij:iaoi{ or jkuusalem. 377. 378 EXAMINATION OF THE and his observations apparently well-foundedand just. From the great mosque of Solomon, or fromits outer gate, beyond which we dared not enter,and to which our guide accompanied us withreluctance, we were taken to the palace ofPilate. It is now a Turkish residence, andstands near to the way in which Christ was ledfrom thence to Calvary, to be crucified. Herewas pointed out to us the spot on which Pilatepresented Jesus to the people, declaring he couldfind no guilt in him ; the place on which hefainted under the weight of the cross, and whereliis virgin mother swooned also at the sight;the spot where St. Veronica gave him her hand-kerchief to wipe his forehead; and, lastly, wherethe soldiers compelled Simon of Cyrene to bearhis cross. No one among the whole of theseplaces has any particular monument t

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