Thursday, March 12, 2009

Welcome to Jerusalem!

The Vatican flag flies under Jerusalem's sky.
And in May Pope Benedict XVI will be flying to the Holy Land! From Jordan he will arrive in Israel and visit Jerusalem, Bethlehem, and Nazareth. He comes as a pilgrim and not as a head of state; he will try to make it a spiritual journey, not a political one.
We welcome His Holiness.
This big Vatican property is the Notre Dame of Jerusalem Center. (More information at my earlier post.)
The building dates from the 1880s.
Here's the view of Mary and the baby from inside the pilgrim hostel, top floor.
I'll do my best to catch sight of Pope Baruch during his five days with us in the Holy City and, God willing, I'll bring you some once-in-a-lifetime photos.
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Other skies await your visit at the weekly SkyWatch Friday. The blogger sky watchers invite you.

24 comments:

Guy D said...

Beautiful skies with great architecture, nicely done.

Have a great weekend!
Guy
Regina In Pictures

Bestemor Aud said...

Very beautiful building and details from the church. I must visit this on my next trip to Jerusalem (have not seen it).
Interesting information as well!
Have a nice week-end!

Photo Cache said...

nice shots; impressive building on photo 2.

kjpweb said...

Beautiful!
Cheers, Klaus

Sylvia K said...

Beautiful shots of skies and architecture! Always fascinating! Thanks for sharing and Happy SWF!

Maria said...

Great pictures Dina, very impressive architecture! Makes me think of the Middle Ages!
Have a nice week-end and thanks for your visit!

Catherine said...

Bonsoir Dina,
With so much History underneath, we forget to watch attentively your sky, Dina. Notre Dame looks like an English college.

It'll be easier to take pictures of the sky than the Pope. You can believe me, I haven't seen him when he came in Paris.

Steffi said...

Very beautiful archtecture and a very nice blue sky!
Have a nice weekend!

bennie and patsy said...

That will be great to see once in a life time photos of the Pope in Jerusalem.
Patsy

B Squared said...

Nice shots. Good luck on your project "Pope."

Indrani said...

Hope you get some shots of the Pope. Great shots for SWF!

Small City Scenes said...

Interesting post. Great clouds. Will have to wait until May to see your historic photos. MB

Beautiful said...

Beautiful! I love the last one in particular.

Mariz said...

A very pleasant, peaceful scene. Very nice photos. We hope to visit your part of the world someday. Have a good week ahead.

Kay said...

I'm glad the pope is visiting Israel. He's got a lot of fences to mend, I think.

Hilda said...

I like the idea of the Pope making a pilgrimage. Beautiful church!

ascu75 aka Don said...

Thanks Dina great as always XXX Don

Mediterranean kiwi said...

looks like a castle - really lovely

Anonymous said...

Dear Dina,
How I do enjoy your pictures and interesting information. I am at Ferncliff so have had time to keep up with all your postings. All your photos are so detailed. Thank you for sharing your interesting life. Olive

Dirk said...

Nice pictures, I've read about Purim also, didn't knew anything about it.

Pasadena Adjacent said...

I like the third photo you took Dina. I enjoy looking at the quarried stone from your part of the world. You posted on it once I think. Come visit, I have a funny post going that I hope you will enjoy.

Pietro said...

Dina, it's a great event the visit to Israel of Pope Benedict XVI: I'm really very glad of it.
These pictures are so charming, with beautiful skies and splendid architecture.

Tash said...

What a welcome to Jerusalem. Gorgeous pictures of a rarely seen spot (at least by me.)

Marc said...

That will be a historic event indeed. Look forward your pictures of it. Nice skywatch pictures, particularly the third one.