Saturday, May 25, 2013

A harpist at the city gate

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Walking through Jerusalem's Jaffa Gate, built in 1538,  is like passing between two worlds.
Leaving the Old City and returning suddenly to the new city is like a little culture shock for me, every time.

You never know what you'll find in the thick walls of the gate itself.
A harpist in white, perhaps?


A thin place despite thick walls.
 The girl's soft music was heavenly.
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King David is recognized as a prophet by Islam and one of the Arabic names for this portal is Bab Mihrab Daud,  Gate of the Prayer Niche of David.
David was fond of the harp, strumming as he sang his psalms.
I hope he looked down and enjoyed seeing this young harpist following in his footsteps.
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(Linking to Whimsical Windows, Delirious Doors.)
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17 comments:

Dina said...

This post was inspired by blog-friend Petrea. The latest post in her new Living Vicuriously blog is about how she happened upon a beautiful princess playing a harp in a shaded oak grove near Pasadena. See the photo if you don't believe me! --
http://pasadenadailyphoto.blogspot.co.il/2013/05/enchanted-grove.html

Adullamite said...

That's a great first picture.
I know what you mean re the old and the new as you pass through the gates.

Suzanne said...

Love the second photo of the harpist. My she qualify for a lite case of Jerusalem Syndrome?

Dina said...

Adullamite, ah, you've seen the light (in the first picture). Glad you like it.

Suzanne, sorry, no Jerusalem Syndrome in evidence here. I think she was trying her hand at busking.

richies said...

Seems almost magical. I would love to be able to see and hear her.
An Arkies Musings

JM said...

Fantastic! I especially like the top shot.

GreensboroDailyPhoto said...

Since nobody has taken this comment, yet, I will:

HEAVENLY!

Now off to Petrea's photo of inspiration...

Janis

RuneE said...

I especially liked the first photo - I "heard" the music from the screen ...

VP said...

A real surprise in a place like this...

cieldequimper said...

Yes, heavenly is definitely a good description.

Spiderdama said...

Very beautiful pictures! Wish I could see something like this around my place.. I love both pictures and I wish I was there:-)

Doronette NF said...

WOW I wish I could listen to the music ! Amazing pictures !

Petrea Burchard said...

Your photos make me think this is where the idea of angels came from.

Fun60 said...

It's as if that spot was just made for her.

Lesley said...

What a lovely find. I'm wondering how she got herself and her harp up there!

toby said...

Harpists always seem to bring a mystical quality to their work, but in this setting - wow! That must have been powerful.

photodoug said...

Harpist as street musician - clever.