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From the Mount of Olives to Jerusalem

Recently, some friends and I took a walk from Augusta Victoria Hospital on the Mount of Olives, down through the Kidron Valley and into the Old City of Jerusalem. These are some of the images in no particular order. The music is Ludwig Van Beethoven.
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