Jerusalem's Old City Sunrise, Sunset, Night Photos
This gallery's photos feature Jerusalem's Old City with panoramic views of the ancient citadel walls,Jaffa Gate, Tower of David, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Church of the Redeemer during daylight, sunset and night. Photos highlight the sound and light show projected on the Tower of David walls. Stunning views from the Mount of Olives during sunset show case the the ancient city, Dome of the Rock and El Aqsa Mosque. The Kotel and Dome of the Rock shimmer in golden light during sunset. Other images feature the Old City celebrating the 40th anniversary of liberation, the Golden Menorah, and the Jerusalem Flag. Also included is an image of treasures found in Jerusalem's famous Cardo. Images of the holy land and Judasim are captured on a beautiful necktie also featured in this gallery. All images are printed with archival mat paper and pigments. They are framed in black wood frames containing UV protection in the glass. Perfect for gifts to family, friends, and clergy of all faiths. Beautiful music courtesy of Ofra Haza- please buy her music!
The Western Wall ( HaKotel HaMa´aravi), or The Kotel, is a retaining wall in Jerusalem that dates from the time of the Second Jewish Temple (515 BCE - 70 CE). The Kotel is part of the larger religious site in the Old City of Jerusalem called Har ha-Bayit (the Temple Mount) to Jews and some Christians, or Al-Haram al-Qudsi al-Sharif (the Noble Sanctuary) to Arabs and Muslims. Jews were allowed little or no access to the site when Turkey ruled over it for 400 years (1515-1917), followed by the British Mandate of Palestine (1917-1948), and the Jordanian rule of Jerusalem (1948-1967). Thanks to the Israel Defense Forces victory in the 1967 Six Day War, all Jews now have free access to the site. The image entitled “ Kotel Sunset” captures the golden glow of a sunset illuminating least three important major religious sites; The Kotel, Dome of the Rock, and Dome of the Ascension. The plaza directly in front of The Kotel is illuminated reminding us that God has chosen us to show others in the world the path to being righteous (tzedek), learned, and charitable (tzedakah). Later that evening after a rain storm, the magic of the Kotel was captured at ground level capturing reflections of those praying at the wall. This image is entitled "Kotel Rainy Night Reflections". Several days later, another image entitled "Kotel Panoramic View" captures a magnificent sky over the wall with fall colors appearing on the trees.
Mount of Olives is located on the east side of Jerusalem, Israel. The mountain is named after the olive trees that used to cover its slopes. The site is holy to Jews, Christians, and Muslims. (and many religious traditions are tied to it.) During the time of the first and second Temples, the Mount was the place where the high priest used to slaughter and burn the 'Red Cow', whose ashes purify the impure. After the destruction of the Temple, the Mount remained important, and was a kind of a 'temporary replacement' to Temple Mount, during times when Jews were not allowed to enter. The mountain was where fires were lit, declaring the Jewish first day of the month and Jewish Holidays to Jews in the Diaspora. The ancient Hebrew cemetery has an estimated 150,000 graves on the Mount, including those of important Rabbis, including Abraham Isaac Kook, the first Ashenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel. From 1948 to 1967, Jewish burials were halted, massive vandalism took place, and 40,000 of the 50,000 graves were desecrated. After the Six-Day War, the cemetery was restored and re-opened for burials. The top of the Mount is a spectacular vantage point to capture the sunsets and afterglow. The image entitled "Mount of Olives Sunset" was captured using a tripod mounted camera with a 28mm wide angle lens. The image was shot just as the sun was ready to disappear behind the horizon on a warm October, 2007 evening. The afterglow of the same sunset was captured in the image entitled "Jerusalem After Glow".
The Tower of David is an ancient citadel located near the Jaffa Gate entrance to Old 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.
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. The walls of the Citadel serve as a stage for a nighttime show which is a celebration of sight and sound. Amidst the archaeological remains in the Citadel’s courtyard and to the sound of original music, the story of Jerusalem unfolds through giant breathtaking and virtual reality images. The intense blue image of the harp displayed on the walls reminded me of David, the Psalmist and musician who soothed Saul as described in Samuel 16: 23 –“that David took the harp, and played with his hand; so Saul found relief”. The images entitled "Harpist at David Light Show", "Tower of David Light Show" and "Battering Ram at Tower of David Light Show" were captured from a roof almost a mile away using a telephoto lens on a Canon EOS 40D mounted on a tripod with trigger release.
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Fireball Sunrise over Jerusalem.