Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Knights Palace

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K-Day today at ABC Wednesday.

At the end of Freres Street, next to the Latin Patriarchate, near the New Gate, in the Christian Quarter, inside the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem, is a small hotel.

It's the Knights Palace!

Before the middle of the 19th century, Jerusalem had no hotels. Only after mid-century, when tourism per se began to the Holy Land, were hotels built.
Pilgrims who came on pilgrimage had hostels for their meagre needs, but wealthier tourists from abroad wanted more comfortable accommodation.
Knights Palace dates mostly to the 1880s.
Even the restrooms in the lobby go with the knightly motif.

Some of the 50 hotel rooms (on the right, not the left!).
The Knights Palace website is here.
For a time, the building served as a theological seminary.

As you might guess from the KHS Knight's photo on the wall, the building is also the base in Jerusalem of the Knights of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem.
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AND . . . today is Michaelmas, the Feast Day of the Archangel St. Michael and All Angels!
As Nestor writes in his blog Every Day's A Holiday!, "Perhaps because of his position as the leader of the army of angels in Revelation, Michael became the patron saint of knights, whom fighters called upon in times of battle."
Happy Michaelmas to all Christians who are celebrating the feast day.
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24 comments:

Sylvia K said...

Wonderful captures and a very informative post for the day! I enjoyed reading it very much! Thanks for sharing!

Sylvia

RuneE said...

You have obviously been on a Knightly quest for this post...

Robin said...

You always find the most wonderful subjects for your photos. I'd love to do a photowalk with you one of these days.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

I think it's amazing that Jerusalem didn't have hotels till the mid 1800s. abut I guess anyone making a pilgrimage to the city way back then would not have been a spoiled modern tourist.

Mara said...

I mixed up my right and left and was looking at the wrong side for the rooms! The place looks great though...

Japa - cbanga360 said...

Very interesting and informative, too.

Life with Kaishon said...

What beautiful architecture! I love it!

Beverley Baird said...

What a great post - great pictures and very informative, interesting info!

Vagabonde said...

I have been away and read all your past posts with pleasure. But I was very sad to see the fire on the monastic grounds – what desolation and how terrible for them. When we came back from Canada we also saw some desolation in our town and nearby in Atlanta. There had been tremendous flood – our family room was flooded and our books but many people had water to the roof. I posted many pictures on my blog. Desolation by fire and water.

Rose said...

Very interesting, Dina, and once again I've learned something new. Thank you for sharing!

Tumblewords: said...

Always appreciative of your beautiful photos and informative posts! There is so much to learn!

Cloudia said...

Very cool, Dina.
And I love Michael! A big strong guy who fights for what's good- what's not to like?

Glad for the new year....

Aloha, Friend!

Comfort Spiral

Leslie: said...

Thanks for sharing this with us, Dina. Looks like an interesting place.

Kay said...

Gorgeous photos, Dina. I know I'm being silly but this kind of reminds me of material that Dan Brown could really use.

Jama said...

What an interesting hotel!

magiceye said...

this was so interesting

Roger Owen Green said...

I so love the whole concept of the knights. Very nice.

Jew Wishes said...

What a fantastic history lesson you have given us, through not only your prose, but the wonderful photos, each so unique and detailed. I love this post.

ellseapad said...

I love reading your blog - it's so informative and your photos are fantastic - thank you for another great installment!

Powell River Books said...

It must be interesting to live in a city with so much history. I invite you to come see my post about The King. -- Margy

FA said...

Great post. I especially like the Latin Patriarch's coat of arms. Every symbol has meaning.

Pietro said...

Really an interesting hotel with a great "atmosphere"! Thanks for sharing!

Grace and Bradley said...

It seems a very nice hotel and has keep up with the time very well. thanks for sharing.

Spiderdama said...

Great pictures! I come to Jerusalem in November, could well imagine to stay a night there ;-)