Sunday, May 24, 2009

Inside the monastery

I went to visit a friend who was lodging there. A very quiet place, very big also and the part open to the visitors is really a small part of the whole complex.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Flags of the Vatican in Jerusalem

The Pope has arrived in Jerusalem. The flags of the Vatican are all around Jerusalem. But for us his visit is another traffic nightmare. The road where I live will be emptied of all vehicles tuesday night. No parking is allowed on my street on wednesday, and a whole neighborhood will be completely shut down on that date between 6-9 am and 4-8 pm.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Victory Day Parade in Downtown Jerusalem

We have a large population of immigrants from the former Soviet Union. And a percentage of them are veterans of World War II. On Victory Day, May 10th, they hold a parade in the streets of Jerusalem (and may be in other cities as well). May they live long.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Jason's Tomb - Inside

Inside Jason's Tomb

The site is fenced and the photograph was taken through the bars.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Hasmonean Tomb

Dedicated to "Yasson" (Jason), the tomb was probably used till the time of Herod's rule. It is tucked away between the houses of the Rehavia neighborhood.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Independence Day

Flags all over the building.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Closed Gate

Taken from the inside.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Near the Israel Museum

We had a little picnic and I photographed this flower. Blogger insists on importing it vertically; it should be otherwise, but... Happy end of Passover.

Monday, April 13, 2009

The archaeological garden near the Southern Wall

In the background, the slopes of the Mount of Olives cemetary.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

To the Western Wall

People are arriving from the road on the right side. In the center of the picture, the bridge leading to the Mughrabi gate and to the mosques. Under the bridge, a sign indicates an archaeological dig. The Western wall is part of what remains of the surrounding walls of the Temple, destroyed in 69 by Titus. It goes on underground deep inside the moslem quarter.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Entrance to the Cardo

The Cardo was the main street of the Roman Jerusalem.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Saturday, April 4, 2009

New monastery on Hebron Road

The sisters of Saint Dorothea began this building more than a year ago. It now looks almost finished, but I don't know if it is inhabited yet.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Talitha Kumi

In 1868, a Christian girls' orphanage and school, Talitha Kumi, was built in what is now part of the center of town, by the renowned architect Conrad Schick. All that now remains of the original building is a three-part memorial outside Hamashbir on King George Avenue - the original facade including a clock and engraving, a chimney, and part of a window - erected by Jerusalem architect David Kroyanker after the building was destroyed in 1980 to make way for property development.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Thursday, March 26, 2009

King George V Street (2)

On the right of the building uploaded on March 23rd.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

The King of falafel

Corner King George (V) and Agrippas.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Sunday, March 22, 2009

And in front of the new building

What was left of the old building. I can't quite decide if it was a mark of respect for the ancient building, or a -bad- joke. On yesterday's picture, this entrance is shown at the upper-left corner of the photo exhibit on the wall.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Not so old, not so new

Jerusalem - downtown, more or less, near the open-air market Machane Yehuda, a parking lot. An old building and on the side, pictures of the professional school of the Alliance IsraƩlite Universelle. In the background, the building which was contructed in place of the school.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Working on the tramway

The main street of Jerusalem is under construction from last august, and there are no signs the situation will improve in the near future. I really can't understand the purpose of the big, ugly wall being erected on the other side of the street in front of the existing buildings.