The Pools of Bethesda are located very close to the Stephenís or Lionsí Gate in the Muslim Quarter

The Pools of Bethesda are located very close to the Stephenís or Lionsí Gate in the Muslim Quarter

After entering the door of this building, one comes across a small but well maintained garden

After entering the door of this building, one comes across a small but well maintained garden

Under this palm tree is the path which leads to the Pools of Bethesda

Under this palm tree is the path which leads to the Pools of Bethesda

The Pools of Bethesda is an archaeological site - in the middle of the photos a Byzantine column can be seen

The Pools of Bethesda is an archaeological site - in the middle of the photos a Byzantine column can be seen

Here pools of Bethesda can be seen on the left - it is the scene of one of Jesusí miracles where he healed a paralysed man

Here pools of Bethesda can be seen on the left - it is the scene of one of Jesusí miracles where he healed a paralysed man

Ruins along the path leading to the lower pools

Ruins along the path leading to the lower pools

Bethesda is also the place where Jesusí maternal grandparents, Anne and Joachim had lived

Bethesda is also the place where Jesusí maternal grandparents, Anne and Joachim had lived

Stone walls on the upper area of the Bethesda Pools

Stone walls on the upper area of the Bethesda Pools

Ruins of a building at the site of the Bethesda Pools - the first pool was constructed during the First Temple,

Ruins of a building at the site of the Bethesda Pools - the first pool was constructed during the First Temple,

A small arch gives access to the lower area of the pools - Herod the Great constructed a new water system to the north of Bethesda and thus importance of these pools decreased

A small arch gives access to the lower area of the pools - Herod the Great constructed a new water system to the north of Bethesda and thus importance of these pools decreased

Ruins of a Byzantine Basilica - even after the construction of new water reservoirs at other places, this area was used for bathing due to its healing properties

Ruins of a Byzantine Basilica - even after the construction of new water reservoirs at other places, this area was used for bathing due to its healing properties

Stairs leading to the lower parts of the reservoirs

Stairs leading to the lower parts of the reservoirs

Water in one of the Pools of Bethesda

Water in one of the Pools of Bethesda

Here wall of the Northern Pool can be seen

Here wall of the Northern Pool can be seen

Interior of the St. Anne's Church - it was built by the Crusaders beside the Pools of Bethesda

Interior of the St. Anne's Church - it was built by the Crusaders beside the Pools of Bethesda

After the conquest of Jerusalem by Saladin this church was used as a madrasa

After the conquest of Jerusalem by Saladin this church was used as a madrasa

An altar of the Virgin inside the church

An altar of the Virgin inside the church