Beer Sheva's Old City is a strange mixture of crumbling "old" early 20th century Ottoman Turkish buildings, renovated houses, and new structures.
But this castle-like place is the strangest place I've seen so far.
In September it was still being worked on.
I'll have to go see what it turned out to be, if I can find that little street again.
The Municipality has started investing in renewal of the Old City.
Let's see if it will attract more visitors and shoppers.
Beersheba ca. 1900
Photo by American Colony-Jerusalem Photo Dept.
(Collection is now in the Library of Congress)
Some history from Wikipedia:
.The Ottomans, who had controlled Palestine since the 16th century, took an interest in Beersheba in the late 19th century. At the beginning of the 19th century, European pilgrims to Palestine described Beersheba as a barren stretch of land with a well and a handful of Bedouins living nearby. Towards the end of the 19th century, the Ottomans built a police station in Beersheba in order to keep the Bedouin in check.They built roads and a number of small buildings from local materials which are still standing today. A town plan, created by Swiss and German architects, called for a grid street pattern, a pattern which can be seen today in Beersheba's Old City. All houses built during that period were of one story, and the two-story police station towered above them.
(Linking to Our World Tuesday and Whimsical Windows, Delirious Doors.)