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In the Old City of Jerusalem

The Dome of the Rock, built circa AD 685 and 691, sits atop ground that is sacred to both Jews and Muslims. (Susan Spano / Los Angeles Times)
Jews gather at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, all that remains of the temple built about 2,000 years ago by King Herod. Bits of paper bearing prayers stick out from the crevices. (Susan Spano / Los Angeles Times)
Ancient paving stones line the path near where Jesus Christ is thought to have met his mother while carrying the cross to his crucifixion. (Susan Spano / Los Angeles Times)
Tourists head to the Dome of the Rock, which when built was intended not as a mosque but as a shrine for pilgrims. (Susan Spano / Los Angeles Times)
The Jerusalem 3 Arches YMCA makes for a cheaper stay than the King David Hotel across the street. (Susan Spano / Los Angeles Times)
A cat’s eye view on the Old City. (Susan Spano / Los Angeles Times)
The modern mixes with the ancient in the streets and markets of Jerusalem. (Susan Spano / Los Angeles Times)
The observant head to the Western Wall before sunset to mark Shabbat. It is not unusual to see people praying, bowing, dancing and weeping in a full range of Jewish garb. (Susan Spano / Los Angeles Times)
The Muslim Dome of the Rock’s golden roof shines near dusk as the Jewish faithful gather at the Western Wall at right to mark the Sabbath. (Susan Spano / Los Angeles Times)
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