Saturday, December 6, 2008

Friday, December 5, 2008

Terra Sancta

Planned by the Italian architect Antonio Berluzzi. Constructed between 1924-1927.

Prince Umberto, later King of Italy, came to Jerusalem in 1928 to dedicate the statue poised on the roof - the haloed Madonina, patron saint of Milano.

When the Hebrew University on Mount Scopus became inaccessible in 1948, the university rented part of the Terra Sancta building from the Franciscan custodians of the Latin Holy Places and set up a number of its departments in it. It was not until 1997 that the last university department, Climatology, left Terra Sancta.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

The Jewish Agency for Israel

To tell the truth, I would never have thought this was a Bauhaus-style building. But here it goes:

The many architects who were influenced by the Bauhaus style projected the fundamental concept of Walter Gropius, the director of the Bauhaus school, that Bauhaus was not a dictation in style, but rather an inspiration for the designer. However, although expressing Bauhaus ideas, the movements' architects in Palestine always integrated stylistic details derived from the surroundings in which they worked. A good example is Yohanan Ratner's Jewish Agency building of 1927. Ratner employed Middle Eastern elements, such as central courtyards, arched entrances, and glacis-type walls suggested by the outer walls of the "tower of David"citadel.

I suppose it is...

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Bauhaus style house on Keren Hayessod Street

Several of the students in the Bauhaus department for architecture, which opened in 1926, became some of the most active architects in Palestine... Although very few buildings in Jerusalem were built in the pure Bauhaus style, many show its influence...

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Lion of Jerusalem

Sponsored by the Eldan rent-a-car company.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Monday, November 24, 2008

It was early in the morning

A sunny day, with enough freshness in the air to know that winter is approaching fast. I cross this neighborhood every time I go and have breakfast outside the home.
Great houses, some big, some modest but most of them with this little something.
Welcome to Emek Refaim/Baka.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Monday, October 13, 2008

On the side of the street

This seat (with the Lion of Juda - symbol of Jerusalem) is waiting for you.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Friday, October 10, 2008

Sic transit

Or what is the fate of a carpet. Once in a home, today in a garden.

Monday, October 6, 2008

The pillbox at the end of Emek Refaim

The "pillboxes" were used by the British Army as observation points. Some of them still exist in Jerusalem.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Abandonned rail tracks

I took this photo on Friday.
Today there was a drawing group installed on chairs at the same place.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Arabic numbers

It should be 1923, the year this building was built.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008


What happened here? I don't know.
The nights are getting colder. Autumn is approaching very fast.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

On the washline

The uniforms of the soldier son and the towel with the symbol of Betar Yerushalayim, the local soccer club.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008


Near the old railway station.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

The house of the dead bridegroom

In 1882, two rich Arab catholic families arranged a mariage between their children. The parents built a two-stories house for the new couple. But a duy before the wedding, the bridegroom fell sick and died. Teh parents decided to have the wedding nevertheless and conducted the ceremony with the dead bridegroom and his bride, sitting side by side. After the weding they took the bridegroom to the cemetary and buried him. The house was abandonned till the Turkish authorities in the 1890s decided to transform it to a hospital, and added a new wing and a wall. With the British Mandate the house became the location of the regional health office.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Saydoff courtyard - or what is left of it

and before, with roofs and businesses

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Caloric dream

Oriental confections with lots of sugar. A dream...

Monday, August 25, 2008

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Judaica in the open-air market

A whole lot of judaism related items: shofar (horns blown for the jewish New Year), blessings for the home, books of psalms, candleholders, CDs, etc.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Machane Yehuda open-air market

I've never been a great fan of open-air markets, even less when the open-air market was the scene of terrorist attacks in the past. Nevertheless, I went today to the Machane Yehuda open-air market and quite enjoyed the atmosphere, the colors, the scents and even, yes, even the crowded and narrow alleyways. Prepare yourself for a series of pictures from today on.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Building never stops in Jerusalem

As evidenced by the chute from the balcony.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

A corner of Tuscany in Israel

At least, this is what this house reminds me.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Once upon a time

There was a little railway station. Then the trains stopped to come. And after a long time, a new station was constructed, far away from the older one. And weeds and neglect and even squatters were left.

Today the tracks nearby are the location for cultural events such as the book festival in May, various fairs and even the projection of films during the summer evenings. The gates and windows of the station are shut down, replaced by pictorial renditions of the life that once was.

Friday, August 15, 2008

The Jerusalem YMCA

Opposite the King David Hotel.

A plot of land in the “West Nikephoria” section of Jerusalem was purchased from the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate with funds donated by the International Committee of the North American YMCA, the British National Council and a group of Jewish friends in Manchester, England. The cornerstone was laid in 1928 by Lord Plumer, the British high commissioner for Palestine.

Thursday, August 14, 2008


Of the Palace Hotel, constructed during the British Mandate in the late 1920s, only the exterior walls remain. Heavy scaffolding is maintaining the structure in place. Behind the walls, a frantic building activity is taking place.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Museum of Italian Jewry - a Window

On Hillel Street, the Museum of Italian Jewry doubles as a synagogue. On Shabat, when the museum is closed, the whorshipers can browse through the exposition after the prayers. In the honor of the Italian week, which opened this week, the flags of Italy are flapping in the courtyard.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Wholesale vegetable and fruits market

This market is in Givat Shaul, in the north east of Jerusalem.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Two goats in the sky

No, it is not one story of Shalom Aleichem or a Chagall's picture. Lots of artists want to offer a sample of their work as a gift to the holy city. So Jerusalem is sown with pieces of art nobody quite knows what to think about. One example is this "sculpture" of two goats, maintained in the sky by lots of cables...

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Reproduction on a wall

of a very well known map of the world, with Jerusalem in the center.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Aleph - First letter of the Hebrew alphabet

Disseminated in the Malcha technological garden, all the letters and the vowels of the Hebrew alphabet.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Theme Day: Metal - Charity box (pushke) at a bus stop

This metal box is affixed to a bus stop. On the box, the name of the charity, Ezra and Shulamit charity in honor of Rabbi Meir Baal Hanes. The charity also indicates it distributes food to needy families, orphans and widows. The phone number of the charity also appears. People can insert money through the slot at the top.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Mount of Olives

In the foreground the oldest Jerusalem cemetary.

The building with the arches in the middle of the picture is the Seven Arches (ex-Intercontinental) Hotel, built by the Jordanians in 1964 on top of the Jewish cemetary, destroying hundreds of gravestones.