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Monday, 7 May, 2001, 17:29 GMT 18:29 UK
In pictures: Pope visits Golan Heights
The Pope has continued his politically sensitive trip to Syria with a visit to the abandoned town of Quneitra in the Golan Heights, destroyed by Israel in 1974.

The visit comes a day after the Pope made history by becoming the first Roman Catholic pontiff to enter a Muslim place of worship.

Pope arrives in Quneitra
The political overtones of the Pope's visit to Quneitra were clear from the outset

Pope waves from the steps of Quneitra's church
The pontiff offered prayers at the town's abandoned Greek Orthodox church

Crowds of children wait to welcome the Pope to Quneitra
Hundreds of people - many too young to remember the destruction of the town in 1974 - were specially bussed in

Pope John Paul II plants an olive tree in Quneitra
Urging people to "tear down the walls of hostility", the Pope planted an olive tree as a symbol of peace

Top Muslim clerics escort him into the Umayyad mosque
On Sunday, Pope John Paul became the first Roman Catholic pontiff to enter a Muslim place of worship

Pope John Paul II praying in front of the tomb of St. John the Baptist
He spent a silent minute in prayer at the tomb in the Umayyad Mosque where St John the Baptist is believed to be buried

Syria's Grand Mufti (left) with Pope John Paul II
Inside the mosque he made a joint address with Syria's top Muslim cleric, the Grand Mufti

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