Sunday, August 22, 2010

Bridge over the Citadel moat

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It is very little, but it is a bridge.
And today it is for Louis la Vache's Sunday Bridges.

The wooden bridge crosses the dry moat around Jerusalem's Citadel, also (erroneously) called the Tower of David.

Here's a shot from the other side.
You pass through the ornamental gate, cross the bridge, and enter the Citadel.

Antiquities inside date back to the 2nd century BCE, but most of what we see today is from the Medieval period.
After the Ottoman victory in the 16th century, Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent, who also built the present Old City walls, constructed the monumental entrance.
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19 comments:

Luna Miranda said...

a fantastic wood bridge. the artifacts inside must be quite interesting.

Kay said...

This is not reconstructed? It's the original? That's so amazing.

Dina said...

Luna Miranda, shalom. Oh yeah! Interesting for sure.

Kay, well, I imagine the bridge itself is quite modern. It has to be strong and sure enough to support lots of tourist traffic. But all the rest is really old.
I imagine it was a drawbridge when the Crusaders were in the fort.

joo said...

It's really impressive!
Greetings:)

Ann said...

did all the water dry up in the moat?

Francisca said...

Small bridges count, Dina! And doubly when they are found in such a beautiful place steeped in so much history.

Dina said...

Joo and Francisca, thanks!

Ann, I think it was always a dry moat.

JM said...

The Citadel is fantastic! Would love to visit.

cieldequimper said...

Tiny yes but... it's there and was/is essential. So many centuries...

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Hilda said...

Tiny it may be, but if it leads into such a rich, historical place, I don't think any one will mind at all!

VP said...

A small bridge, but very important!

zeder said...

Thank you for this wonderful impressions...
Best regards from Berlin,
Uwe-Jens

Sara said...

You really took a lot of photos in and around the erroneously named Tower of David! I recognized Christ Church too. You are transporting me to wonderful memories - thank you!

Elisa said...

One day I´d like to be there.
Best regards
Elisa, Argentina

Spiderdama said...

Wonderful Jerusalem! So great to see your pictures from your lovely country.
Wish you a blessed week:-) Hugs from Tania

Petrea said...

Magnificent medieval architecture. So compelling. Thank you, Dina.

Leif Hagen said...

I didn't see any alligators in that moat .....
Cool photos, Dina!

Pietro said...

Very nice, really charming. I enjoy these images, Dina.
Looking at my comments all together you surely notice that I'm a bit late with the blog comments!!