My time in Israel took me a couple of decades to appreciate, I mean I have touched The Western Wall. I have walked the streets of Jerusalem on a daily basis. It is difficult to describe but Jerusalem has something…
Old is definitely relative.
Yeah I know I , for example am considered ancient round here.
During my time at college, I lived for a couple of years in a house, which was over 150 years old – fairly common in The UK. I remember men doing repairs under the floorboards once. I had noted that maybe nobody had looked under the floorboards in all that time, till I had spotted a Snackpot in the dirt.
(I know nothing about architecture but I remember my surprise that three feet beneath our floorboards was just dirt.)
Australia has an ancient indigenous culture, but in general if you live in a house of over 150 years old, you can probably sell tickets.
Israel is in a league of its own. Visit Jerusalem and there are remnants considered to be from the original City of David. (Please also check other sources, regarding The City of David, as the topic is complicated,)
Much of Israel seemed to have been built to last. Ancient Rome has also left its mark on Israel. One day in Beersheva we had encountered an emergency. Some poor person had been shopping in a grocers and a great big hole had opened up and he had disappeared. I believe the building had been constructed atop an ancient Roman cistern.
A quick stroll in the Negev had unearthed a Roman mosaic floor. In most places on my travels I have visited, there would have been a ticket booth nearby. Instead we just had to tip out water from our water bottles to view it.
Perhaps however it is worth remembering that walls are no barriers to God and he is able to overcome them without violence. Remember Jericho.
Maybe its time that we stopped building our world on sand and learned to build instead on solid rock.