Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Inn of the Good Samaritan and Good Deeds Day

Today was the annual Good Deeds Day in Israel, so . . .

I is for the Inn of the Good Samaritan, on the road between Jerusalem and the Dead Sea.
Get your tickets here.
Or browse the little gift shop.

Enlarge the photo to read which bodies are responsible for organizing this famous spot into a showcase for beautiful mosaics.
It opened to the public in 2009.

I thought it was nice how they made the entrance sign in the form of an old tabula ansata.
That is Latin for "a tablet with handles" and it was a favorite form for votive tablets in Imperial Rome.

And here is a real tabula ansata displayed at the Inn of the Good Samaritan.
I think it is in the mosaic floor from the church narthex at Deir Qal'a.
My other two posts about the Inn are here
The official Hebrew website has a nice little video.
Its English translation site lacks the video.
(Linking to ABC Wednesday.)


Carver said...

Very interesting post and shots for I. Carver, ABC Wed Team

William Kendall said...

Fascinating! Looking at your other links for the location, I had no idea there was such a place.

Roger Owen Green said...

an INSPIRING holiday!
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Hels said...

Mosaics were a beautiful art form that largely wouldn't be stolen and mostly wouldn't collapse from weather. Love it.

Sara said...

It's great that they have so many mosaics there to view. I watched the video in Hebrew so got to see some of them even though I only caught a word or two. What an interesting place that would be to visit.

cieldequimper said...

The sign is gorgeous.

It's kind of sad to need a good deeds day. Have we forgotten all about them that we should be reminded?

I guess so in our individualistic society.

DawnTreader said...

Good Deeds Day sounds like a good idea!

Hilda said...

I like the idea of a Good Deeds Day!

lisa said...

Great take on I-day! This inn looks very Interesting and a place I'd love to visit. It's a fascinating region.

VP said...

You know that you all will be punished for this...