Jerusalem, Akko,and Jaffa Harbors.
This gallery consists of panoramic views of Jerusalem, fireworks celebration in Jerusalem, Harbor pictures from Jaffa, Akko and the famous Jersalem Cardo. Other images include sunrise over Jaffa Gate and the Tower of David, historic Montefiore Windmill, a bath of golden light on the Church of the Redeemer and Tower of David just after sunrise , and sunrise over the Mount of Olives. Enjoy the beautiful music of Ofra Haza- please buy her albums!
A sight rarely seen by visitors to Israel- Old Jerusalem during a dramatic sunrise is captured in the images entitled "Fireball Sunrise over Old City", "Old City Sunrise" and "Sunrise Proposal".
The spectacular Jerusalem fireball sunrise image was photographed at 5:45 am on October 29, 2008 from a hotel rooftop about 1 mile from the Old City, as a large fireball sun slipped over the horizon, causing the hazy sky to catch fire. The size of the sun was magnified by the use of a telephoto lens needed to capture the walled city. The Tower of David, Church of the Redeemer, and Jaffa Gate (right to left) capture the sun’s red glow on the ancient bricks. Metallic paper captures the intense hues and adds a three dimensional nature to the image. The image reminds us that God provides majestic views that blend nature’s light with man’s building blocks. Although Jerusalem has been conquered and besieged many times, God has provided us with the warm glow of a sunrise on every faith’s holy site to remind us we can all pray openly in this city without fear of oppression. The glow of this sunrise is a symbol that there is the glow of God in each of us.
The Tower of David is Jerusalem´s "Citadel", a historical and archaeological site of world importance. This is a medieval fortress with later additions. Its towers and ramparts offer splendid views of that part of Jerusalem where Old and New meet, and East meets West. The site of the Citadel has always been the weak point in the city´s defenses, compelling its rulers throughout history to continually fortify the site. We have captured images during sunrise and at night. Of note are the images during the 40th anniversary of the liberation of Jerusalem in combination with the Tower of David Light show featuring David's Harp and palm trees illuminated in the foreground. Another image features a fireworks display along the hilltops.
This important historical and archeological site was built in the First Temple Period (960–586 BC). Parts of a tower and the city wall were built by the Hasmoneans (first century BC). The base of the tower was built by Herod the Great (37–34 BC).
The current tower was built during the reign of the Ottoman sultan Suleiman the Magnificent. It is called the Tower of David because the foundations of the tower go back to King David's times, with the building of the first tower on the site, as described in the Bible.
Porat Yosef Yeshiva (pictured in image 11) is the oldest Yeshiva in Jerusalem. It was founded in 1914 and officially inaugurated in 1923. The original building was destroyed in 1948 by the Arab Legions and was rebuilt in the old city after the 1967 war. The new building, based on the original design, blends tradition with modern styling. In both texture and colour, the stone walls echo the dominant building material of Jerusalem. The synagogue itself is a substantial structure of six stories, seating 450 worshippers. The edifice is covered by a large, semitransparent dome which permits light to enter by day, while at night it glows with interior illumination.
A beautiful mosaic was commissioned by then communications minister Shimon Peres in 1973. Lev Syrkin creation: Mosaic “The Rainbow”, 5 X 15 m, Jerusalem, 1974 contains about 50,000 tiny mosaic tiles that have been on an exterior wall of the Bezeq building on Hebron Street in Jerusalem for over 40 years. The Jerusalem mosaic, which depicts a rainbow emerging from the clouds, took Syrkin a full year to complete. Lev Syrkin was born in Moscow in 1929. Immigrated to Israel in 1972, lives in Jerusalem. He is a graduate of the Academy of Art in Moscow. The famous artist has created more than seventy large-scale murals in Russia, Israel, Europe and America.
Herodion is viewed from outside of Bethlehem. Note the contrast between the high rise and Herodion truncated cone-shaped hill.The photo was shot with the sun setting and a low lying cloud bank. Shot just north of Bethlehem so the contrast between the old and new Israel can be highlighted.
Herod the Great, King of Judah (37Bc to 4BC) during the Roman period, was one of the greatest builders in the history of Israel. Herodion was built in the years 23-20BC in a large complex (50 Dunam - 5 Hectares) that included a fortress on the upper city, a palace, and gardens in the lower city. The site was selected due to its high altitude,location near the desert road, and to commemorate Herod's victory near the site (in 40BC). It is now a national park and the ruins can be viewed.
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Haifa at night and Tiberius.