Clocks in Jerusalem
Now is the time to go to Jerusalem. It's humidity by day is not as stincking
as Tel Aviv, and it's cool air at night is a great relief after a hot day.
Believe me, I breath it every day... Somethings you don't usually notice
are the clocks.There are some interesting clocks in Jerusalem, which
I'll try to describe here.
This is really the most famous one, on Ha'mashbir square. On the last century,
around 1860, bought the Germans-Protestants a big area in which they built
a Missionary Girls School. The architect was the famous Conrad Scheick. The
name was from the New Testament:
"...And he (Jesus) took her hand and said - Talita, get
up ! (KUMI !)and the girl stood and walked..." (Marcus 5, 41-42)
On the year 1980 cruel men decided to destroy the building and built instead
the Mashbir. The Clock was reconstructed from photographs in front of the
new ugly building.
** Zohorei-Hama Synagogue
On 92 Jaffa St. near stincking Mahane-Yehudah market, stands a synagogue,
built 1905-8 by a young American, Samuel Levi. He built a synagogue, Hotel,
a poor people restaurant ( Beit-Tavshil), and Beit-Midrash. On the
upper front he fixed a Sun-Clock, and on the side - two more clocks, for
the people's benefit. The lower floor is a synagogue till today. There is
a good explanation on the door.
** Anglican School Clock
On Hanevi'im St., near Hadavidka Sq., stands these buildings, which used
to serve as a Hospital, and later, after Hadassa was built, served as a School
for the diplomat's kids. On the Tower there is a nice Clock.
** Igud Bank Clock
On Jaffa/Heleni-Hamalka stands a modern clock, kind of digital one. It was
the first modern clock to be presented in Jerusalem. It shows the hour as
well as the temperature !!! ** German Colony Clock On the German Colony,
in the main street, beside fancy restaurants and pubs, stands a Highschool
of the Templars. This Sect deserves another discussion, but for the time
being: between Discount & the Armanian Church you will find this Clock,
which seems not to work. Just to remind you - the templars were converted
Nazis during the W.W.II !!
** Jerusalem's Big-Ben
On King George st. Near Jaffa junction there's a new office building. On
it's external wall, there's a nice playing clock. Every day at 11:00 it plays
another song. When I heard the song "Jerusalem of gold" I stood and cried
- it's so beautiful !!!
** The Bell Garden
"Gan Hapa'amon" is a famous garden in Jerusalem, in front of Montifiori's
Windmill. In the center of the garden there is an enormous bell, "The Freedom
Bell", a present from the United States to Jerusalem. There are also
little bells for children to play. There's no clock in the garden...
Jerusalem's Big Ben