Wednesday, February 17, 2010

The Dome of the Rock

Today we went to the Temple Mount a site that is sacred to Jews, Muslims, and Christians. The Dome of the Rock is a unique building on the Temple Mount. It is an octagonal shape building that is covered with blue tiles and is topped with a golden dome. It is a major landmark of Jerusalem.
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Dome of the Rock interior

We were able to join an academic group from the Albright Institute to see inside the Dome of the Rock. It has a magnificent interior with walls covered with marble, wonderful mosaic, and gilded wooden beams. I just love this building.
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Dome of the Rock mosaics

The mosaics inside the Dome of the Rock are elaborate and even today they are considered outstanding workmanship. It is a stunning building and my favorite in Israel.
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Dome of the Rock and Western Wall

This picture shows the close relationship of the Dome of the Rock on top of the Temple Mount and the Western Wall where the Jews go to pray below the Temple Mount. The Jews desire to build a third temple on top of the Temple Mount which makes very tense relations between the Muslims and the Jews.
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Monday, November 9, 2009

Ramadan Dinner

Each semester we have a Ramadan dinner where they serve traditional Arab food. Because of my design background they ask me to be in charge of setting up for the dinner. I was very excited the way it all came together and looked great. The students were willing to help with the set up and of course they enjoyed the evening meal. Some got into the spirit of the evening and dressed in traditional clothes they bought in Egypt.

Modern Jericho

Modern day Jericho is an Arab town with tropical summer weather and mild winters. It is known for the fresh produce that is grown there. On our way through town I couldn't resist stopping to buy some mangos, dates, figs, cucumbers, zucchini, grapefruit, oranges, and lemons. They were all fresh and tasted great!
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Jericho Tower

This is a picture of the Jericho tower that has been dated to about 8000 BC which is Neolithic or Stone Age. It is the oldest known man made structure in the world.
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