Monday, October 22, 2012

Happy birthday Augusta Victoria


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?

The Kaiser's Hall is often a venue for conferences and lectures.

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.)


Gary said...

Fascinating post!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Anonymous said...

Peacefulness inside.

Thank you for this interesting journey very much. Please have a good Tuesday.

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Excellent post and very creative photography ~ so informative ~ (A Creative Harbor) ^_^

Linda Makiej said...

lovely, just lovely!!

Petrea Burchard said...

Another good one, Dina, thank you.

Lew said...

Fascinating place! It is interesting how the architecture of the travelers was carried to the new place. Your country has been on the lips of our presidential candidates recently as they try to convince us they know what is good for the Middle East.

Robin said...

What a clever way to introduce the new exhibit and bring history alive.

Spiderdama said...

What a beautiful building and that door! Great post Dina, think I must visit this place in november.
Happy day:-)

Karl Demetz said...

Very interesting post, Dina! Thank you!

toby said...

Wowee, you've outdone yourself, those are amazing finds! I totally want to come and see for myself, especially that breathtaking arch.
Sorry it's taken me so long to get over here, I've been gallivanting about with my family, who has come to visit from overseas... have a wonderful week!

sparrow said...

Great post Dina. The layers of history in Jerusalem are endless. The doors and windows posts are almost metaphorical for what we can see of the past and the history they let us view. Keep up the great work.