Lift Up Your Heads, You Gates

It's amazing, looking back on our recent trip to Jordan, Israel, and Egypt, at the beautiful variety of gates, windows, and doors we walked through or looked through, passed by or marveled at. Here are just some of the more notable ones, like that above, the window behind the altar of the Dominus Flevit Church on the Mount of Olives, overlooking the Old City of Jerusalem.

Just a short walk further down the slope of the Mount of Olives: the entryway of the Church of the Agony.

And the Ottoman "security entrance" door, inside a Crusader archway, to the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem.

Door to the Chapel of the Convent of the Little Sisters of Jesus (Sixth Station of the Cross on the Via Dolorosa).

A small Franciscan chapel marking Station 7 on the Via Dolorosa.

The Lion's Gate to the Old City of Jerusalem.

Door to the Syrian Orthodox Church and St. Mark's Convent in Jerusalem.

The awesome door to the St. Peter in Gallicantu Church, with Jesus' finger--in relief--pointing both to Peter (AND to the observer standing outside the door), while his other hand holds up the number three, indicating the moment when Jesus told Peter he would deny the Lord three times.

The gate to the cemetery in Jerusalem where Oskar Schindler is buried.

The window just inside the wall of the Old City where Horatio Spafford (author of the hymn, It Is Well With My Soul) lived...from which Major-General Charles George Gordon spied what is now known as "Gordon's Calvary," located next to the Garden Tomb.

The doors to the Church of the Annunciation in Nazareth.

A door in an alley near the Ben Ezra Synagogue in Cairo, Egypt.

The entrance to the Ben Ezra Synagogue in Cairo.

A door in an alley near the Ben Ezra Synagogue in Cairo, Egypt.

Entrance to the Church of the Holy Family, built on the traditional site of Joseph, Mary, and Jesus' home during their exile in Egypt.

Another door in an alleyway between the Ben Ezra Synagogue and the Church of the Holy Family.

Windows near the same location.

An interior archway at the beautiful Mena House hotel in Cairo, near the pyramids.

A doorway at the awe-inspiring Karnak Temple in Luxor (Thebes).

A three-door entry to a Temple at Karnak, each doorway dedicated to one of a "triumvirate" of gods.

A door at Luxor Temple, its beauty immeasurably enhanced by the lovely Robin.

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