Friday, June 15, 2012

Italy at the Jaffa Gate

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An estimated quarter of a million Israelis, Jerusalemites, Old City residents, and tourists flocked to the week-long Festival of Light, and this cupola just outside Jaffa Gate greeted them and elicited many oohs and ahhs!

Against the black night sky (for SkyWatch Friday) and next to the illuminated city wall, the dome truly was spectacular.

Enlarge the photos to see the hundreds of tiny lights.

Especially when you looked upward from the inside.

The Festival website says

Artist: Luminarie De Cagna, Italy

At the Jaffa gate, a dome will rise which resembles a building from the Italian Renaissance, because of its size and shape.

Reaching 25 meters high and spreading over 20 meters wide, the dome in Jerusalem is a true spectacle and an impressive entrance for visitors to the city.

Luminarie De Cagna is an Italian family concern that was founded in 1930. Back then the firm illuminated buildings and squares on festive occasions with oil and carbide lamps. Soon they switched to electric lights and since 2006 they have been using LEDs only for new projects. The LEDs are chained into great curtains of light or mounted on a wooden structure. In this way, whole streets and even squares are fully lit.

Even something for Weekend Reflections!
The tourist bus caught a reflection of the cupola just before it drove under the bridge on which the dome stood.
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There is more about the Light Festival in my previous post and more will be coming.
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30 comments:

  1. I really like these night photos. Good stuff!

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  2. Stunning jewelled colours against the dark sky .

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  3. Oh my goodness, you are right. That is absolutely stunning! Thank you!

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  4. That's wonderful, una maraviglia!

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  5. Gorgeous! I am so kicking myself for missing it yet again this year. Someday I'll get it together!

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  6. Oh so lovely Dina! Thanks for capturing this lighted dome for us:)

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  7. That's stunning!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  8. Nice coupola. Like the shots.

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  9. What a cool domed building made of lights! I love the reflection of it in the tour bus. These are great shots!

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  10. Wonderful photos! The shot from inside is just wild.

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  11. Wonderful images, Dina. Magical lights.

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  12. Oh what fun! That looks so beautiful!

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  13. What a beautiful lighted dome. Thanks for sharing.
    And thanks for visiting me and your comments.
    Barb

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  14. It looks like Venetian glass, so beautiful. I love these festivals of light.

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  15. I was wondering what the presentation had to do stylistically with Italy. But you are quite right.. the dome really does resemble special buildings from the Italian Renaissance.

    What will happen after the Festival? Will it all be pulled down?

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  16. Helen, yes, it will have to go. Such are these light festival things, so ephemeral.

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  17. THE LIGHTS ON ONLY DURING THIS WEEK? sO BEAUTIFUL.

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  18. Ann, the festival ended on Thursday and everything will be taken down.

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  19. WOW, these photos are fantastic, Dina! Happy weekend.

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  20. Spectaculars it is and I am glad we still have something to export, but this is not my kind of thing at all.

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  21. The dome is spectacular indeed! Wonderful night views, Dina.

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  22. The cupola is really something! Fabulous indeed. Great shots, Dina!

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  23. Very artistic and colorful dome! :)

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  24. Wow, Dina - it IS spectacular! Just beautiful!!!

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  25. This is absolutely stunning, exquisite and magnificent... The creator of all these beautiful displays is a true artist.

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