Monday, November 24, 2008

Camel at the gate

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Welcome to the Jaffa Gate, last rebuilt in 1537 by the Turkish Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent, during the Ottoman rule.


Just inside the gate the "bagel" seller is always ready to sell you a sesame seed-covered roll with a little folded paper full of za'atar spice to dip it in.

The gate opens into the enchanting Old City of Jerusalem.

The only chance to get a photo of Jaffa Gate without tons of people is just before sunrise.


Once in a while a camel will be sitting just outside. Jaffa Gate is the only opening in the western part of the Old City wall. So what you see behind the camel is the western, Jewish part of Jerusalem, sometimes called the New City.


I didn't see the Arab camel "driver" anywhere around when I walked by. This father just started piling his kids on the (fortunately!) patient animal.
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For a short history of the Jaffa Gate you can click on BibleWalks.
And there is a really cool 3-D panoramic presentation of the gate and the Citadel here!
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(That's My World Tuesday is a growing new meme where friendly bloggers give you a free tour of their local world. Join us, it's fun!)

34 comments:

Texas Travelers said...

Great post and terrific photos. I always find such interesting history on your site. Thanks for the link.

Troy and Martha

Luiz Ramos said...

We are knowing your beautiful World. Thanks for share.

Sylvia K said...

Oh, those are such wonderful photos and to see the old gat and city takes my breath away! So much history! Thank you as always!

Dirk said...

Thanks for sharing this great pictures of an area I probably will never visit live.

Yen said...

One of the most beautiful place:) I;m always fascinated in your world!~

Cheers,
Yen

Leora said...

Your description of the "bagel" seller is making me hungry. Yum.

Love the cute camels; I have fond memories of the Jaffa gate.

kjpweb said...

Uh - did I love these Sesame bagels!
Warm and fresh! Thank you for sharing!
Cheers, Klaus

ewok1993 said...

Wonderful post with fabulous pictures. Thanks for the tour.

fishing guy said...

Dina: A beautiful place and I'm sure a place of many stories.

Louise said...

I want a sesame seed covered roll! Very nice post!

Leslie: said...

Awesome photos today, Dina! I'd love to see Jerusalem some day. :D

Webradio said...

Thank You Dina for this post...
Great photos alway...

Also, thank You for the link, and see You later !

babooshka said...

Of all the blogs I visit I od think yoours is the most spiritual and historical. Always a new lesson or word learnt, and the area is so different to any I inhabit.

Catherine said...

This evening, I told to myself, why don't you make a trip to Jerusalem. I'm often impulsive. So, I come to visit your World, Dina.
As usually, so full of History, without forgetting day to day life.

Tell this man, he is unconscious!

My plane is ready to take off for Paris, see you next time, Dina.
Bonsoir.

kbguy said...

Very nice and interesting post. Have a Happyy and wonderful day with My World today! Mine is at http://justmeNus.blogspot.com

USelaine said...

If the man has not consulted anyone about the camel, I find it a bit disturbing that he presumes to put his children on it.

I can just imagine the taste of the sesame roll in the clean morning hours in such a place.

Wren said...

beautiful pictures and interesting post. Is it common to see camels in the city?

Dianne said...

these are amazing photos

I could just imagine if the camel didn't like children!!

Indrani said...

Thanks Dina, for these precious shots of Jerusalem. I may never be able to visit there but I have feasted my eyes on these shots.

Pietro said...

These are extremely interesting photographs, Dina.
Thanks for sharing.

J.C. said...

I am enchanted by scenes of the old Jerusalem. If only those vendors dressed in ancient attires..it may looks like a scene from the bible.

Kay said...

Loved this post, Dina. I felt like I was walking around with you. Poor camel. He must not enjoy the tourists very much.

Mar said...

Interesting post and fantastic shots!! what a nice stroll.

Torsdag said...

Israel is fascinating and people should know and see more about your place.
Thank you for sharing and
hallo from Germany

SandyCarlson said...

How wonderful! To think it was rebuilt half a millenium ago and is still going. Impressive public works!

Jedediah said...

I would love to visit Jerusalem, I always enjoy reading your posts about it very much.

pcpach said...

Thanks for sharing. There is a lot of history in your part of the world.

Brit' Gal Sarah said...

Your posts are always so interesting

kaybee said...

Beautiful post, Dina! Reminds me of 20 years ago, walking through the Jaffa Gate, and strolling through the old city right at sunrise just as the vendors were beginning to open up their stalls.

I am awed by the sights you show us. And that camel -- fortunately patient, indeed! Much wiser than the tourist!

ichandrae said...

bonjour belle Dina.
Le chameau est royal.
La porte est majestueux.
merci.

shalom.

Cloudia said...

Shalom & Aloha:
So happy to have found your blog! My aunt & two favourite cousind 'grew up' around Jerusalem. Thanks for showing me a place I feel bonded to - but have not yet (!) visted.

FickleMinded said...

the camel picutre is my favorite!
MWT#2:King Navy Yard

The Tile Lady said...

This is wonderful! A great My World Tuesday post!

Marie

Marc said...

A little late to comment, but I''m just browsing through your interesting blog and liked this post.