Friday, October 24, 2014

Reflections on the development of Beer Sheva

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Reflected in the century-old Turkish train station's window  are modern buildings of Beer Sheva. 


 And on the other side of the street, more high-rise residential buildings.
I'm sure the Ottoman Turks who started to build Beer Sheva towards the end of the 19th century never dreamed it would grow into Israel's second largest city (in terms of area).
Today it spreads across more than 117 square kilometers.


At least some of the apartments still have balconies.
I wonder what a unit costs here.
In Israel most people own their own residence; renting is less common.


Wedged in between the two rows of modern buildings is the Train Yard.
Here from the station balcony (where the first three photos were taken) you can see some of the authentic train cars and two more of the original structures that have been beautifully restored.
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(Linking to Whimsical Windows, Delirious Doors and to  James' Weekend Reflections .)
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23 comments:

Laura said...

Beautiful reflections Dina, Shabbat Shalom.

jaz@octoberfarm said...

i am really enjoying seeing this!

Ileana said...

Very nice reflections!

Daniela Augustka Blah said...

Very nice photos. I'm the first one on the blog from Jerusalem :-)

VP said...

I'm sure the Ottoman Turks, and many others, never dreamed of Israel!

HansHB said...

Beautiful reflections post!

Fun60 said...

The reflections seem to show another world.

Viera said...

I admire that everywhere is green vegetation... very nice architecture and wonderful reflection of new buildings in the old one ..

Dina said...

Shalom friends, old and new. Thanks for your thoughts on this.

Daniela, from Jerusalem? Tell me more.

VP, ha, very true, yes!

anumorchy said...

Beer Sheva follows Tel Aviv and Jerusalem by making new attraction from the old railway station. Good idea!

chai-and-chardonnay.blogspot.com said...

A melange of old and new - nicely captured!

cieldequimper said...

Oh I need to stop thinking that I prefer old buildings...

Margaret Adamson said...

Great window reflections. Have a good weekend.

'Tsuki said...

The window look a bit like a prison like window... Except they are not windows in prison... ^^

William Kendall said...

The architecture and landscaping details feel very much grounded in your part of the world. Terrific shots!

Hels said...

The trees and sun shades look like a very welcome protection from the southern heat.

Dina said...

Tsuki, unfortunately bars are necessary for security. Many homes have bars on the windows too.

Birdman said...

... and iron rods on the windows. Keeping us in or out?

Linda said...

Lovely reflections, Dina, and nice architecture on the buildings. :)

Sara said...

Beersheva seems wildly different from my vague memories of what I saw there in 1974! I wouldn't mind one of those nice apartments with balcony! It is very interesting following you posts about the Ottoman Turkish train and station.

James said...

Nice reflections!

Sorry I'm so late with my comment. This is an interesting post. I have to agree that the Ottoman Turks could never have dreamed of the ways things turned out.

Dina said...

Sara, Beer Sheva IS wildly different from even just a few years ago. It is developing and growing. You should come back and see.

toby said...

Wow! I was in Beer Sheva a few years ago, but I too am always shocked at how quickly things are sprouting up there! Great dichotomy between the new and old - I especially like the reflections :)