Monday, August 16, 2010

Wall anchors of Jerusalem

Stars on Beit Tavor, 1889, built and lived in by architect Conrad Schick.

It is That's My World Tuesday, so let's take a walk through Jerusalem and search for wall anchors.
"An anchor plate or wall washer is a large plate or washer connected to a tie rod or bolt. Anchor plates are used on exterior walls of masonry buildings, for structural reinforcement. Being visible, many anchor plates are made in a style that is decorative."
Here is an S-shaped one on a house. See it, on the left?
BTW, the spire belongs to San Salvador, the monastery we saw in my Aug. 14 post.
This is the view of the steeple from inside the Christian Quarter of the Old City.
Horseshoe-shaped anchors on the old Hansen's Hospital (Jesus Hilfe).

I think the technical name for these is patress plates.
Anybody know?
Then there are the plain rectangular anchors, like these on a back building inside Notre Dame de Sion, the convent of the Sisters of Zion in Ein Kerem.

A house in Ein Kerem.

The big medical equipment-lending volunteer organization called Yad Sarah had its humble beginnings in this old house.
The anchors are way up by the roof.
Wall anchors hold together the old hotel just inside Jaffa Gate, inside the Old City.
Reader Wil once blogged about wall anchors in Europe.
She asked if we had them in Jerusalem too.
This post is the answer for her.


Carver said...

This was a very interesting post and great shots. I love the way stone walls and buildings look so this is very appealing to me.

Anonymous said...

I've always been a sucker for the Jerusalem Stones! Love 'em!

Roberto M. Alves said...

Great shots and very interesting comments. I love to know about different cultures. Congratulations.

Ania said...

This is interesting and so unfamiliar for me (I should rather say an architectural detail I've failed to pay any attention to). Thanks for bringing that up, I'll have my eye set on wall anchors from now on.

Dr M said...

What a great series of interesting shots--and a great topic! Kudos.

You mention Conrad Schick, whose architectural work also included his survey of the Temple Mount and his great models of it and the Holy Sepulchre.

There is even a blog dedicated th Schick!

Arija said...

Dina, I loved every one of your wall anchors. Our buildings in Australia are not of the antiquity of yours, but some of the old ones are also held together by them linked by long iron rods to the anchor on the opposite wall.
Nice prompt from Wil to let us all see these wonderful old buildings. Thanks.

J Bar said...

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BraCom (Bram) said...

Thank you for sharing these wonderful and interesting photos

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Shey said...

This is the first time I've seen stone walls like these. Thanks for the very informative virtual tour of this place.

Luna Miranda said...

very interesting. the stone walls look imposing. thanks for this post--i learned something new today.:p

VP said...

We still have many of there around town, mainly in the older quarters and in refurbished buildings.

Reader Wil said...

Thank you Dina, for showing your anchors! They are interesting and beautiful, and at the time they were very useful and necessary for keeping the walls together.

Francisca said...

Dina, what a fascinating post! I enlarged all of your photos to see the anchors better. I may have seen such things before without realizing their purpose. I like the decorative ones. The hotel looks like it's held together with staples!

Jørgen Carlsen said...

Thank you for the comments on my blogposts, Dina. I like the concept of wall achors. Of course I understand whar it is, but I have never thought of the logical name.

noel said...


loved the information and tour of the older section, i love how these buildings evolved to today's uses...even with ugly exterior plumbing :)

Pietro said...

Very interesting and nice sequence of images, Dina. The Old City must be really fascinating, I'd like to visit it.

Sara said...

This was very interesting, Dina. I suppose we have plenty of wall anchors here in earthquake country too; I'll have to keep an eye out for them.

Suzanne said...

WOW, who knew???

JM said...

The street on the top shot looks so interesting and I bet there are so many details to be seen. Great post!

Kay said...

I have never heard of anchor plates and would never have known what I was looking at. This is very interesting.