Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Inside the walls, gardens and huge reservoirs

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I love the old roof tiles like these in the garden of the Notre Dame de Sion convent.
Many of them came all the way from Marseille in the 19th century to roof the houses around here.

Like this precious little outbuilding!

It sits next to one of the huge rain reservoirs that the Sisters of Sion have on the big walled property.
The white yardstick inside goes up to 5 meters.

It finally started to be winter today, cold and rainy; let's hope the pool will fill up this season.

Do you reckon the Rob Roy mixer from yesterday's post contributed some cement to these wall pillars a long time ago?

Just inside the big perimeter walls.
This photo from last spring shows how green the nuns' garden can be.
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18 comments:

Robin said...

Wonderful tiles. I wonder if they were used for ballast on the ships that brought them, or if they brought them specifically as roofing supplies...

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Theanne and Baron said...

Beautiful photos Dina...the tiles are so beautifully ornate...unlike the smooth tiles I saw so much in the Southwest. There have been times I'd have liked to have had that water reservoir...the monsoons came in July and August in Arizona...more rain than the ground could absorb and then most years no more rain till July came again.

Rob and Mandy said...

Of course Rob the Mixer helped the Roux brothers! Long and lasting friendship between France and Scotland.
Jole apart, the name Roux Freres, Roux brothers, sounds familiar to me, but I can't remember why. Will check further.

Rob and Mandy said...

Such nice tiles. Did you notice the heart?

Rob and Mandy said...

OK, I remember now. I lived ind worked in Istambul for 2 years, worked as a tourist guide. The Roux brothers were the main providers of bricks and tiles to the Ottoman State, when they were trying to westernize the country. Palestine was part of it, as you know. Many many building in Istambul are covered by these tiles. And the heart was the Roux Brother's signature.

Fran said...

Lovely - those tiles! I am ever reminded of my first visit there, November 2004. Thank you always Dina.

Theanne and Baron said...

I'm putting the photos I came up with trying to figure out the date Rob Roy Cement Mixer built on my blog...in the upper right corner under my header there will a "page" titled
"information for other bloggers," the photos will be there.

Adullamite said...

Good tour. I would rather be there where the sun shines!

spacedlaw said...

Stranage to think that those old tiles went so far away from their place of origin!

Spiderdama said...

I like the roof tiles too.. old and great!

Kay said...

Gorgeous photos! I love how you have history everywhere you turn in Jerusalem.

Louis la Vache said...

«Louis» thinks those tiles are fabulous! Great post, Dina!

JM said...

The place looks fantastic and, yes, I love the roof tiles too.

Nathalie said...

Roof tiles from Marseille ? It feels like home!

SH -ic said...

beautiful fotos .. the sun makes it warm .. here it is cold and foggy

Pietro said...

Interesting and beautiful views, lovely the old roof tiles!

mirae said...

hello beautiful Dina, that is very artsy the erasure of time- with reference to the tiles..thankyou for another beautiful jewel.

I send your internet a very speeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeedy recovery.

have a beautiful week.
love and light shalom,

Pasadena Adjacent said...

oh I like this place. It's where I'd want to hang out - with that row of Cyprus trees. I think they used to be a common part of the LA landscape - not so much now