Jerusalem, Look up and See the Details

When we moved to Israel 11 years ago,

one building in the neighborhood stood out,

or rather stood lower and different than the others.

  Beit Kedima, Kedima House, was built

Building British soldiers UN met for partition plan Auguat 1947

 by the British in 1945 to house its officers’ families.

The Jerusalem streets are lined with history.

Yemin Moshe Street in Jerusalem, Israel

These old Yemin Moshe streets are a favorite.

Jerusalem Press Club and Houses of MIshakannot Shananim

Next to it is Mishkanot Hashaananim.

Sign in stone over Mishkanot Shaananim

Look up and see

 this row of houses was built in 1865

under auspices of Sir Moses Montefiore.

For details of Jerusalem architecture,

Jerusalem Press Club speaker Jerusalem Architect expert David Kroyanker

 this man, David Kroyanker,

Jerusalem architecture book by David Kroyanker

literally wrote the book, or books, to be more precise,

“Jerusalem Design: God is in the Details.”

Jerusalem architecture

Jewish Design Identities,

Jerusalem modern design architecture David Kroyanker

also Christian, Muslim and Modern.

Jerusalem architecture design scarab and swastika

Did you know that the Scarab was a symbol of resurrection,

or that in Templer houses swastikas were used in floor tiles?

Muslim houses decorated with colorful drawings after doing haj

Or those colorful paintings on Muslim houses

were added after pilgrimages to the Haj in Mecca?

So what better way to learn about Jerusalem,

than with the man who wrote the books.

Old City Jerusalem view from St Andrews

From the grounds of St. Andrews, the view of the Old City,

Jerusalem Israel St Andrews Guest House

and these lovely gardens are for all to see.

One year, Mayor Nir Barkat chose this location to launch

 the Jerusalem Marathon.

However,

David Kroynaker shows details of fountain in St Andrews Guest House

 how many Jerusalem visitors have gone inside

and noticed this intricate tiled fountain,

as we did on a Jerusalem Press Club sponsored tour.

Around the corner and down Emek Refaim Street,

Lion said to resemble Einstein

look up.

Is that Einstein over this entrance?

No.

Carved stone lion over house on Emek Refaim Street Jerusalem Israel

It is another Jerusalem lion carved in stone.

How many have walked by and noticed the Biblical passages

carved on these old Templer buildings?

Zion passage over house in Jerusalem Israel Emek Refaim Street for Templers

“The Lord loves the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob.” Psalm 87:2

Down the other end of Emek Refaim Street

look for one, “Always tip the Guide,”

Ethics of our Fathers REVISED edition.

An informational sign was posted at Beit Kedima

Beit Kedema where UN met in August 1947

explaining its significance.

In August 1947,

 UNSCOP delegates worked on their recommendations

for the future governance of Palestine here.

It is hard to imagine this was a secluded location at the time,

now the area is so built up, it is hard to find parking.

House in Jerusalem Israel

Some buildings are impressive.

Some have signs explaining their history.

When you walk the Jerusalem streets,

be sure and look up,

and see the details.

5 thoughts on “Jerusalem, Look up and See the Details

  • August 22, 2017 at 5:54 am
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    Well done, Sharon!

    When I’m guiding my tourists, I always tell them that people typically look to the left and the right, to the front and down to the street but hardly look UP and miss so much! At that point, they always do and see something amazing…

    Thanks for this excellent survey of “Jerusalem Streets”! Glad I could be of some help…

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    • August 22, 2017 at 6:08 am
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      Thanks, glad to get your positive response.

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  • August 22, 2017 at 1:00 pm
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    Sharon, you do such an excellent job, and I learn so much from you. Thank you very much.

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    • August 24, 2017 at 11:33 am
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      Thank you Carole, love to get positive comments. Please feel free to share.

      Reply
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