Someone very important has a birthday today!
She is Auguste Victoria, yes--the Empress--wife of Kaiser Wilhelm II.
I know because I liked the new Facebook page of the Kaiser (from which the old photo is borrowed), in which he shares their journey to Jerusalem in 1898.
When Jerusalemites hear Augusta Victoria, we normally think of this Arab hospital atop the Mount of Olives.
Click on the photo and then once again to see the name on the entrance gate.
The hospital has a front door you wouldn't believe!
Augusta Victoria was built in 1907-10 as a hostel for Christian pilgrims and as a rest home for the German population in Eretz Israel.
Many of the materials were imported from Germany.
It was the first building in the country to have electricity, powered by a diesel generator.
The adjoining Lutheran church has a Kaisersalle with a beautiful old fireplace.
See the crests and names of the Kaiser and the Kaiserin?
You are welcome to see my posts about the Augusta Victoria complex, including the huge bells in the belfry, here.
The reason "Kaiser Wilhelm" is journaling his trip on Facebook is because next week the Tower of David museum will be opening an exhibition about his visit in Jerusalem as covered by the journalists of 114 years ago.
(This is a contribution to Our World Tuesday and Whimsical Windows, Delirious Doors.)