Friday, August 14, 2009

Piazza Roma benches

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Rome Square?? In central Jerusalem?
I didn't know we had a Piazza Roma. Looks like it was dedicated just last May.

It's not the most beautiful setting, but for sitting it's OK. Many benches in a row.
I discovered it last night, just in time for RuneE's Friday bench meme.

The pretty building at the end of Rome Square is the Museum of Italian Jewish Art and the Jerusalem Italian Jews Association.
I was there for their annual Italian Festival. (More in coming posts!)

Nice to have this modern-day connection with modern Rome.
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But I can't suppress a giggle when I think of Roman emperors Vespasian, Titus, Trajan, and Hadrian, who variously destroyed the Temple, plowed Jerusalem under, expelled Jews from our city, and generally tried to make Judaism disappear. They must be turning in their graves to see Piazza Roma in the middle of thriving Rebuilt Jerusalem, capital of the sovereign State of Israel.
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Ciao.

19 comments:

RuneE said...

At least you now have some benches yo ponder those questions. And John Clees for a bit of graffiti...

Dina said...

LOL! Rune, you are so clever! Funny funny!

For those too young (or too old) to have seen "The Life of Brian" please see the bottom of this page:
http://graffitijunction.com/about/potted-history-of-graffiti/

RuneE said...

Re your comment: You are an archaeologist, so I thought it fitting... :-)

Dina said...

Rune, I'm not the messiah! Oops, I mean, I'm not an archaeologist. Just a simple fieldworker at digs, a laborer digging in the dirt.

Leif Hagen said...

Nice city series snaps! Wish I could stroll around there and explore. Maybe someday...

RuneE said...

Me again: Here is the version from You tube.

Sailor Girl said...

Hi!! Bye!!!
(sorry, I'm in a rush at work and dreaming about tomorrow)

B SQUARED said...

Just imagine if they could see Rome!

Jew Wishes said...

As always, your photos are wonderful.

Shabbat Shalom!

Petrea said...

Those old Romans are long gone. Looks like this signifies a new relationship with Rome.

JM said...

The piazza looks very nice on the last shot. As to the roman emperors, well, let them keep on turning on their graves! :-)

Thanks in advance for the shoes! Very funny, Dina!

PERBS said...

What a neat find! I love finding benches when I least expect it.

Pietro said...

Dina, you're right about the Roman emperors: they belong to the past, nowadays luckily the mentality has completely changed.

Cloudia said...

Yeah!

Dimple said...

I like the last picture a lot--benches to rest on as you ascend, or just to enjoy the passers-by.

Dimple said...

PS I didn't see the movie, but the graffiti junction reference is hilarious!

FA said...

What an amazing city you live in, Dina. So full of tradition, history, sacredness and, last but not least, hope!

Sara said...

Yes, God has a wonderful sense of humor. Or irony. Or both!

The Hebrew on the poster has a distinct Cyrillic flavor, to my eyes anyway.

Shabat Shalom!

Your EG Tour Guide said...

It is a good giggle, Dina. How clever of Rune to suggest you sit on one of the benches to ponder the history Rome and Jerusalem share. ;-)