Friday, February 08, 2008

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Church, Hospital, HQ, Education Building?

by Akiva at Mystical Paths

Some parts of Jerusalem just have an amazing history. As I walked out of Meah Shearim one day, I passed this building, which I thought was a church...

Italian Hospital Jerusalem

Italian Hospital Jerusalem

On closer inspection, I saw an Israeli flag, and saw that the icons had been chisled off! ...

Italian Hospitcal Jerusalem

Well, this is darned unusual, I thought. Israel goes way overboard in respecting other religions, to the point of damaging Jewish holy sites and preventing Jewish access when it conflicts with other religions. So here you have a church that's been taken over by Israel? Pretty weird. On closer inspection, it turned out that this wasn't the case...

Italian Hospital Jerusalem

Seems it was a hospital that the BRITISH turned into a military facility. Israel apparently found a better use for this structure. Behind it sits the new Ministry of Education building, an impressive, if much more modern, structure of it's own...


In many ways, that's the living view of Jerusalem. A modern structure next to a repurposed older structure, fully in use today for a living city.

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