Monday, January 24, 2011

Jerusalem above and below

Enlarge the photo and you can see a guide with arm outstretched and his two tourists looking and listening.
They are standing on this observation plaza, and the guide is pointing to the vast stretch of Jerusalem to the west.
Just below is the donors' wall with names of those who contributed for the construction of this corner of the university.
Behind the trees are the outer buildings of the Mount Scopus campus of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
At the foot of the modern outlook I was surprised to find ancient burial caves.
I counted some ten or eleven kokhim.
Actually, the whole ridge of Mount Scopus was a huge necropolis for the dead of Jerusalem some 2,000 years ago.
I'm glad the excavators and conservation people found a nice way to preserve this part of the cemetery and even integrate it into its new surroundings.
Here ends today's tour for That's My World Tuesday. Shalom!


Greensboro Daily Photo said...

Fabulous that history was honored and celebrated at this venue.

I don't know if I could ever get anything done in Jerusalem if I lived there. There is so much to see, do, and learn.

VP said...

This is really something I'd like to see. I like the mix of ancient and new and that Jerusalem stone is always enchanting...

Kay said...

This is wonderful. I'm glad they found a way to preserve this historical site, too.

Dina said...

Hi Jan, VP, Kay--I quite agree.

Jan, you are right; at least I have a good excuse for seldom getting anything done.

Anonymous said...

How nice to see these circles. Probably one of the most ancient form. Hopefully include you all in peace and harmony.

Please have a good Tuesday.

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Ann said...

The scale of that structure is deceptive. If they are people, its much larger than I thought.

Hilda said...

Oh wow, I can't believe how I missed your educational and wonderfully interesting posts! I'm glad that some things never change, both in your city and on your blog. :)

Thank you for the warm and wonderful welcome back, Dina! Missed you all so much!

Francisca said...

Having a bit of a fascination with cemeteries and the like, this is a place I'd like to see for myself. Thanks for the interesting tour of your world this week! And thanks for your warm welcome back, Dina. :-)

Rob and Mandy said...

Excellent! My old university... For 2 years.

Pietro said...

Very nice, I really enjoy these pictures.

Pasadena Adjacent said...

if I ever get to Jerusalem, I'm going here