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.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Painting the Old City

On the walls, a painter at work.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Renovated house

A new floor was added to the original ground floor.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Panorama of the Valley of Hinnom

At the foot of the Cinematheque, and between the Cinematheque and the walls of the Old City lies the valley of Hinnom. This name Valley of Hinnom - Gue ben Hinnom is a term that appears a lot in the prophets of the Bible, and has been generally translated by Hell. One of the reasons may be that as said in Jeremiah 7:31:
And they have built the high places of Tophet, which is in the valley of... Hinnom, to burn their sons and their daughters in the fire; which I commanded them not, neither came it into my heart.
This panorama was made from 4 photos stitched together, so that the Cinematheque building (at the right) appears extremely rounded.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Backyard of the Schneller (Syrian) orphanage

These dilapidated houses are part of the Schneller orphanage compound.
The Schneller Syrian Orphanage was founded in 1860 by Father Johannes Ludwig Schneller, who came to Jerusalem from Germany as a Protestant missionary. At first, the institution took in children orphaned by the Druze massacre of Christians in Lebanon and Syria. In time, the compound grew and was walled in, and after the Second World War it became a closed army camp.

From another source:
The Syriac Orphanage in Jerusalem, also well-known as "Schneller-School", was founded by the protestant missionary Johann Ludwig Schneller. It is located in a huge building surrounded by a vast wall, which is situated on a hill in the north-west part of the historic center of Jerusalem, a distance of about 3 km to the Jaffa-Gate. It was declared open in 1860, at first as a shelter for Lebanese orphans who were victims of the prosecution of the Christian population that took place at this time, then for all Christian orphans and later on for children who survived the genocide of the Armenian people. Besides this duty in the Syriac Orphanage native teachers were also trained, who wished to join the missionary schools in Palestine. The institution was not only equipped with bedrooms and other facilities as classrooms, but also training workshops, e.g. a bakery, printer's and bookbinder's shop, a carpenter's workshop with a turnery, a tailor's and a potter's shop, a brickyard, a locksmith's and a shoemaker's workshop, as well as a church, a shop, a canteen, a home and workshop for the blind, a girl's building with a workshop, a playground, a vineyard, an apiary, stables, and a garden where vegetables and flowers were grown. In addition the institution also owned numerous houses and farms in the vicinity, and a agricultural training workshop near Ramleh. The Syriac Orphanage was closed down in 1940 by the British occupying power. In 1948 it was captured by Israeli forces. The archway bears up to these days the inscription "Syriac Orphanage" in both German and Arabic.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Montefiore's Windmill

On the left, the tower of the YMCA. On the right, the King David Hotel.
The bridge was built by Moses Montefiore, a Jewish British philanthropist at the middle of the ninetheenth century. His goal was to attract the Jewish population outside the Old City's walls by giving them the means to work. The quarter, Yemin Moshe (Moses' Windmill) is one of the first quarters to have been built outside the walls of the Old City.
Other habitations he built nearby, Mishkenot Shaananim, are now used to host artists of international reputation during their sabbatical in Israel.
At the time the Jewish population represented at least half of the population of Jerusalem.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Old City Panorama

Seen from the cinematheque, where the Jerusalem Film Festival is taking place.

From left to right, the tower of Redemptor's Church, the Tower of David (see below) and the minaret near the Church of Dormition on Mount Zion.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Monday, July 14, 2008

Reception at the French Consulate for Bastille Day

On July 1st, France took over the six-monthly EU presidency of the EU. The European flag is in the middle, between two french flags. The French and European flags also decorated two big cakes.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

The Tower of David near Jaffa Gate

David's Tower isn't really from King David's period. More on Wikipedia :
The Tower of David (Hebrew: מגדל דוד‎, Migdal David, Arabic: برج داود‎, Burj Daud) is an ancient citadel located near the Jaffa Gate entrance to the Old City of Jerusalem. Built to strengthen a strategically weak point in the Old City's defenses, the citadel was constructed during the second century BCE and subsequently destroyed and rebuilt by, in succession, the Christian, Muslim, Mamluk, and Ottoman conquerors of Jerusalem. It contains important archeological finds dating back 2,700 years, and is a popular venue for benefit events, craft shows, concerts, and sound-and-light performances.

Busy crossing

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

House in Rehavia

Rehavia is a quarter that developped in the period of the British Mandate (1917-1848). This house is a good example of the architecture of the times.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Lost between the roads

And I don't know what it is supposed to be...

Sunday, July 6, 2008

On Hebron Road

The ground level of this house seems abandonned. This is not a rare occurence in Jerusalem.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Friday, July 4, 2008

Where does it not appear?

Yes, even on those garbage bins the municipality of Jerusalem displays its symbol. At least I like the color of these bins.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Western Wall

The plants growing between the stones are capers. People coming to the Western Wall (of the Second Temple - destroyed 70 CE) generally put papers with prayers inside the cracks of the stones.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

July 2008 Theme Day: "No..." signs

In the School of Life,
Children under the age of 9 do NOT cross the road alone!

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