Friday, July 26, 2013

Jerusalem of gold and blue

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For SkyWatch Friday here is our clear blue sky, typical for Israel's long hot dry season.

We are looking up at the Temple Mount from the foot of the Mount of Olives.
The top of the Dome of the Rock is visible.
In the Old City wall is the Mercy Gate.
Outside the blocked gate is a Muslim cemetery and below that is a Franciscan cemetery.

You can enlarge the photo twice and see the graves among the olive trees.

Shabbat shalom to Jerusalem and to you all.
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16 comments:

Cloudia said...

And to you. Amen

Adullamite said...

Lovely picture.

Hels said...

A fairly amazing part of the city for archaeologists and historians, as well as for religious pilgrims!

MJ said...

It does look very warm, doesn't it? But yet the trees stay nice and green. It's a great photo.
♥♥

VP said...

Muslim an Christians trying to prevent with tricks the advent of the Messiah...

Dina said...

VP refers to the Gate of Mercy, which Christians call the Golden Gate, the Gate Beautiful.
In Jewish tradition this is the gate by which the messiah, mounted on a white donkey, will enter Jerusalem. To prevent this, the Turkish Sultan Suleiman blocked up the gate five centuries ago.
The two cemeteries would also be a hindrance.

Suzanne said...

Shabbat Shalom Dina, hope you are well.

Kay said...

That is an amazing blue sky. We're going to wish for it desperately in a couple of days. We've got a big Tropical storm headed for us.

Karl Demetz said...

Beautiful image, makes me wish to visit Jerusalem one day...
Shabbat shalom, Dina.

Sara said...

A well-loved view in my eyes. To my eyes? Well, you know what I mean.

Spiderdama said...

Great place and picture! Just as blue as my sky today:-)

Birdman said...

Thanks for that hint on enlarging. Much better.

Reader Wil said...

This is a view many people wish to see! Nobody can block a gate to prevent the Messiah from entering the Holy City!
Shalom, Dina!

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Beautiful sight, reminds me a little big of my native New Mexico.

Kay said...

Gorgeous color, Dina. Shalom.

Marit Helene GĂ„sland said...

So beautiful and different than what I'm used to seeing.
Marit of Norway.