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:

James said...

I really like these night photos. Good stuff!

Dianne said...

Stunning jewelled colours against the dark sky .

Black Jack's Carol said...

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

Rob and Mandy said...

That's wonderful, una maraviglia!

Robin said...

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

Emille said...

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

cieldequimper said...

What a fabulous show of light!

Gary said...

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

Scrappy Grams said...

what stunning and exotic views!

s.c said...

Nice coupola. Like the shots.

Pat said...

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

crystal said...

Beautiful dome!

Nita Davis said...

Wonderful photos! The shot from inside is just wild.

Patsy said...

Beautiful!

Oakland Daily Photo said...

Wonderful images, Dina. Magical lights.

Kay said...

Oh what fun! That looks so beautiful!

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

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

Ann said...

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

Hels said...

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?

Dina said...

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

Ann said...

THE LIGHTS ON ONLY DURING THIS WEEK? sO BEAUTIFUL.

Dina said...

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

Karl Demetz said...

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

VP said...

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

Spiderdama said...

Whoho, Wonderful!!

Pietro said...

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

JM said...

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

Loredana Donovan said...

Very artistic and colorful dome! :)

Susie of Arabia said...

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

Reader Wil said...

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