Sunday, January 30, 2011

Crossing the Supreme Court Bridge

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The Supreme Court Bridge leads into--you guessed it!--the Supreme Court building.
The courthouse was dedicated in 1992 but the bridge was not added until 2005.
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It is only for pedestrians, who walk on the lower part.
I got off the bus at the Central Bus Station and walked over to the court in less than 15 minutes.
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The architects, Ram and Ada Karmi, explain that the location of the Supreme Court at the entrance to the city, near the Central Bus Station, emphasizes its accessibility to all Israelis.
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In biblical times, the entrance of a city is where the judges sat and judged on Mondays and Thursdays.
As Deuteronomy 16:18 says, "You shall appoint magistrates and officials . . . in all your gates . . . and they shall govern the people with due justice."
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From the bridge you can see the old Jerusalem neighborhood of Nachlaot.
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Happy "Sunday Bridges" and bon dimanche to Louis la Vache and all the meme participants.
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16 comments:

Birdman said...

Nice images of the city. Very cool bridge too.

Kate said...

I wondered if the bridge was symbolic, and from your description, I assume that it is. Interesting structure.

Francisca said...

That's a marvelous bridge for Sunday Bridges, Dina. But I hope you did not need to go to court to solve any legal troubles! Are you confident justice is accessible to all Israelis?

spacedlaw said...

Very interesting structure, Dina.

Leif Hagen said...

A very cool, unique, interesting Supreme Court Bridge! Perfect for Louis la Vache's BRIDGE meme! Architects and engineers must really study it!
I like the photo of grandson Dean in yesterday's Psalm challenge posting

diane b said...

That is quite a structure for a pedestrian bridge. Interesting info about having judges at the city gate.

Genie said...

I cannot tell you how I loved looking at this photo of yours. I have always wondered what the city looks like, so your shot gave me a little peek into it beauty. That bridge is an architectural delight. It does look like an entrance gate to the city to me. It is lovely.

Rayna Eliana said...

What fantastic shots!

Hilda said...

If you walk only on the lower part, what's that huge upper portion for? Looks great though.

cieldequimper said...

The first one is another gem. So you did find new shots of bridges!

Thank you for your sweet comment re. the olive tree. It doesn't look good though. :-(

VP said...

A strange bridge but I like it much more than the Clatrava madness. I bet the view is great from up there!

JM said...

What a fantastic work that bridge is! Great shots, Dina, well done.

Louis la Vache said...

This bridge at the Supreme Court brings to mind your earlier series on this fascinating structure.

http://biebkriebels.blogspot.com/2011/01/sunday-bridges_30.html?showComment=1296501156751#c8875705871705252857

Debby said...

Great shots. I love the perspective on the first one, and the feeling that the lone pedestrian gives it.

Kay said...

Really wonderful! I love the concept of the building being accesible to everyone.

Jilly said...

What an impressive bridge. Modern, beautiful.